Public Information Requests

According to the Maryland Public Information Act Manual (14th Edition, October 2015, Appendix I-I) presented on the Attorney General of Maryland's website: "The PIA grants you the right to review the available records that are disclosable and to obtain copies of those records. It does not require an agency to answer informational questions or to create a record to satisfy your request."

Submit Your Request

Public Information Requests are accepted from commercial entities for use by the organization and from individuals for their personal use:  

Allegany County Government does not accept e-mailed Public Information Requests. 

Your completed Public Information Request From should be mailed, sent via a delivery service, brought in person, or faxed to Allegany County Government:

Public Information Officer
Allegany County Government
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
Fax: 301-724-6970

Public Information Fees

View the Rules and Regulations of Allegany County, Maryland, Article 14.4 Section 14.407 (PDF). Please note that checks should be made payable to the Allegany County Commissioners.


The fee for each copy is 25 cents per page if reproduction is made by a photocopying machine within the Department. Copies of larger size maps and drawings shall be provided at the current rate charged by County departments for such documentation. If records are not susceptible to photocopying (for example punch cards, CD, magnetic tapes, blueprints, and microfilm), the fee for copies will be based on the actual cost of reproduction.


If a person requests that a copy of a record be certified as a true copy, an additional fee of $1 per page, or if appropriate, per item shall be charged.

Minimum Fee

A charge will not be made if the total amount of the fee for standard 8.5 by 11 inches correspondence would be $5 or less (equivalent to 20 pages).

Search/Preparation Fee

A charge of $20 per hour shall be imposed for each hour in excess of two hours expended by County personnel in reviewing, researching, compiling and preparing the records for inspection and time devoted to supervising/observing the applicant's record inspection.

Mailing Fee

If the applicant requests that copies be mailed or delivered, the custodian shall charge the applicant for the cost of postage or delivery. Said charge is to be included in the total charge and it is to be prepaid by applicant.

Payment Agreement

Before copying a record, the custodian shall estimate the cost of reproduction and either obtain the agreement of the applicant to pay the cost or demand prepayment of any estimated fee before reproducing the record. If no prior agreement has been made, payment of all fees must be made at the time the services are provided.