Maryland Public Information Act Request

Before submitting a Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) request, please search the Town's online records first to see if the information you are requesting is already electronically available by using the search function on

If you're looking for information on real property such as plats, deeds, or ownership, you may find it on one of our list of free online resources.

If you cannot locate the information you need, you may submit an MPIA request using this online form or by sending an email. To send a request by email:

  • In the subject line, include "Maryland Public Information Act Request"
  • Include the following in the body of your email:
    • Your full name
    • Your company name (if applicable)
    • Your complete mailing address
    • Your contact email address
    • Your contact phone number
    • A description of the records you are requesting

MPIA Fee Schedule

The Maryland Public Information Act allows an agency to charge a reasonable fee for copies of public records. Requestors will be advised in advance of the potential fee incurred by their request.

An agency may also charge a reasonable fee for searching for a public record - a charge that may include the time required for locating and reviewing the record. The first two hours of search time are free, but an extensive search may prove time-consuming and incur charges.

Commonly Requested Services & Associated Fee

(See FY 2023 Fee Schedule [PDF] for other fees.)

Documents and Copies:

  • Standard Format (Letter, Legal, Ledger): $0.30 per page
  • Large Format (Black and White): $0.30 Per SF
  • Large Format (Color): $0.30 Per SF 
  • Records Request of Photos: $20 per CD
  • Records Request of Video Recordings: $70 per DVD
  • Records Request of Audio Recordings: $70 per DVD
  • Records Request Research Fee: $30 per hour starting with the third hour of research
  • Public Information Request: Calculated at Time of Request, Required Deposit of 50% of Calculated Cost

Research & Preparation Fees

  • Hours 1 and 2: Free
  • 2-plus Hours: The actual cost of a response must be calculated by prorating the salaries of staff and attorneys involved in the response by the actual time they spent searching for and preparing the record for disclosure.