Public Records

Providing Quick, Easy Access to Information

The City of Arroyo Grande is committed to providing open and transparent access to public records created and maintained by the City, which includes timely access to requested records in accordance with the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq).

The City continually strives to make it easier and quicker to get the information you are seeking by constantly adding public records on the City's website and by using the latest technology to digitally store and retrieve documents. 

Search for Records Online

The City of Arroyo Grande uses a digital document archiving system known as LaserFiche. The City utilizes this system to retrieve, manage, and distribute paper and electronic records more efficiently and effectively.  Citizens may access such information from the City website or through LaserFiche Weblink, which delivers these documents via a familiar web-brower interface. Users can browse, search, retrieve, download, and print City documents. Currently, users can access a variety of documents including the following:
Online Agenda Center
City Council Ordinances
City Council Resolutions
City Council Minutes
City Council Agenda Packets
Archived City Council and Planning Commission meeting video/audio files
Campaign Disclosure Statements (for statements filed prior to 2020, please contact the City Clerk's office)
Statements of Economic Interests (for statements filed prior to 2020, please contact the City Clerk's office)

Other Online Sources

Arroyo Grande Municipal Code
Documents and Forms by Department or Subject

*Note: If you receive an error message, there are likely too many users at one time. Please wait a few minutes and reload the page.  If the problem persists, please contact the City Clerk's office at 805-473-5400. If you are unsure exactly what document you are looking for, the City Clerk will help you ascertain what you need and determine the quickest way for you to get the information. 

How to Request a Public Record

The California Public Records Act (California Government Code §6250 et. seq.) provides the public with important rights to obtain access to records held by public agencies in the state. The City of Arroyo Grande is committed to providing reasonable access to all public records, with the exception of those documents exempt from disclosure by express provisions of law or considered confidential or privileged under the law. 

The City of Arroyo Grande encourages public records requests to be submitted in writing in order to assist staff in responding efficiently to your request. In accordance with the Public Records Act, the City must respond within 10 calendar days to a request for public documents by indicating whether or not the documents exist and/or by making the documents available. 

Record Request Procedure

There are just four easy steps in requesting a public record: 

Complete the Request for Public Records form to identify each requested record or document. Please be as specific as possible. Non-specific inquiries may cause delayed response times.

Submit the completed form to the City Clerk’s Office via email, fax (805-473-0386), or U.S. Postal Mail: 300 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

Staff will determine if the City has documents responsive to your request and respond to you within 10 calendar days of receiving the form. You will also be informed of any reproduction charges.

If you would like to review the original documents at City Hall, please call 805-473-5400 to arrange an appointment time. If you would like to receive copies of the requested documents, remit the indicated reproduction fees to the City Clerk’s Office.

Contact Information 

If you have questions about obtaining public records, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 805-473-5400.