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In accordance with the North Dakota Open Records law (N.D.C.C. §44-04-18) the City of Bismarck accommodates requests in a timely manner.
In accordance with this guidance the request can be made by any available medium - by phone, email, mail, or in person. We provide this form to facilitate your request. If you do not wish to use this form, please notify us in your alternatively chosen manner.
Once a request is received, the City will provide a cost estimate. Payment is required PRIOR to the search.
As required, the first hour of locating requested records (including
electronic records) is free. After the first hour, the charge is $25/hr. for locating records and a separate $25/hr. (after the 1st hour) for redacting any exempt or confidential
information. The charge for paper copies is 25 cents per page (standard letter or legal size paper). If providing electronic records takes more than one hour, in addition to charges for locating and redacting, the entity may charge the actual cost incurred for use of technology resources.
For other types of records, the charge may be the actual cost for copying, including labor, materials and equipment.
Please describe the public records you wish to receive. In order to expedite the search for the records, please be as specific as possible. For Police records please contact the Police Department at 701-223-1212.
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