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How to Make a Public Information Request

Public Information Requests should be directed to the Public Information Officer. Requests may be made in any manner (by phone, in writing, through email, etc.), but written requests are recommended. To make a public information request, please call, email or mail your request using the Public Information Officer's contact information above.

To expedite a written letter sent through the mail, you may also scan written letter and email it to pio@lafourchegov.org. Please be as specific as possible when making a request to ensure we are only seeking the precise information you need. Be sure to include all relevant contact information so that we can respond to the request and be able to contact someone in the event of a question.

Public information requests shall be honored in the most expeditious manner balancing the cost to the citizen with the schedule and knowledge of the parish employees. In most cases, where a small amount of information is requested, there is no cost and can usually be fulfilled through an e-mail response or phone call to the requesting party. When larger amounts of information are requested, the affected Department Head shall determine how many and which employees will be used to gather and reproduce the information and whether overtime is necessary to accomplish the request. When overtime is necessary, this cost shall be borne by the citizen requesting the information.

Please note that Ordinance 3771 (PDF) established a fee schedule of $0.25 per page at a cost of the requesting citizen when documents are requested to be reproduced on legal or letter sized paper. In most cases, however, Lafourche Parish Government will attempt to gather the information electronically to be submitted through email, or the information could also be copied to a disc, drive or other medium that the requesting party provides, as long as it is compatible with Parish technology.

For more information on Public Records and Public Information Requests, visit the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana or download this convenient Fact Sheet on Public Records in Louisiana (PDF).