Public Records Request Overview
Requests for information to DEQ generally fall into two categories: general information request or public records request.
General Information Request
A general information request includes, but is not limited to, information pertaining to how DEQ operates and requests for copies of agency policies, forms, procedures, pamphlets, booklets, and other printed information designed for distribution.
General information requests can typically be made and answered through a phone call or e-mail to DEQ.
Public Records Request
A public records request includes, but is not limited to, written documents and electronic files containing information relating to the conduct or administration of the public's business prepared, owned, used or retained by DEQ. Under the Idaho Public Records Law Manual, the public can request in writing to examine or copy these types of public records.
While most agency records are available to the public, certain records may be withheld from disclosure due to their confidential nature; the exceptions to public record disclosure are described in the Idaho Public Records Law Manual.
Submitting a Public Records Request
The simplest and quickest way to submit public records requests is online. The form is easy to complete and immediately reaches DEQ.
Requests may also be submitted via a hard copy form by email, fax, mail, or hand delivery to DEQ's Public Records Coordinator.
Public Records Request Fees
Idaho Code authorizes DEQ to establish a copying fee schedule reflecting the actual copying costs. No administrative or labor costs resulting from locating and providing a copy of the public record may be charged unless the request is for more than one hundred (100) pages, includes records from which nonpublic information must be deleted, or the actual labor associated with locating and copying documents for a request exceeds two person hours.