FLORIDA's GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE LAW AND
PUBLIC RECORDS LAW
General state policy on public records.
It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and
municipal records shall at all times be open for a personal inspection by any person.
- "Public records" means all documents, papers, letters,
maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings or other material, regardless of
physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in
connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.
- "Agency" shall mean any state, county, district,
authority or municipal officer, department, division, board, bureau, commission or other
separate unit of government.
Inspection and examination of records; exemptions.
- Every person who has custody of public records shall permit the
records to be inspected and examined by any person desiring to do so, at reasonable times,
under reasonable conditions. The custodian shall furnish copies or certified copies of the
records upon payment of fees.
- All public records which presently are provided by law to be
confidential or which are prohibited from being inspected by the public, whether by
general or special law, shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection 1.