“CORA” stands for “Colorado Open Records Act”. In the spirit of open government, the Colorado Open Records Act requires that most public records be available to the public. Anyone can request information that is in the possession of a government office.
You must submit your request to the custodian of the record- the state, county or city office that actually holds the record itself. There is no central repository for public records or single office that fulfills public records requests in Colorado. For most governmental agencies, you can submit your request directly to the Public Information Officer of that agency.
A “public record” includes most writings made, maintained, or kept by our office. However, there are some exceptions concerning records made available under CORA.
You do not have to file a CORA request to receive information. It is the intent of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments that our office provides documents and information to the public without requiring a CORA request.
Before making a CORA request, contact our office to request information from our staff. Many documents are readily available to the public. We would be more than happy to help you access these filings without asking you to make a CORA request.
Can I view the information in your office?
If you just want to view the information, please state that in your written request. Once the documentation has been gathered, you will be notified by the CORA Contact. We will then set up an appointment with you to come into our office and view the documents.
Any information that is confidential by law or is exempt from the Colorado Open Records Act will be removed from the documents that you view.
Sample Contact Form:
Under the Colorado Open Records Law § 24-72-201 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that [Describe the records or information sought with enough detail for the public agency to respond. Be as specific as your knowledge of the available records will allow. But it is more important to describe the information you are seeking.]
The statute requires a response to this request within three days following receipt of this communication. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Name and contact information