The City of Laurel maintains certain records that are classified as public records which may be made available to the public in accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) (§10-611 et seq. of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended).

MPIA requests must be in writing, and may be mailed, emailed, faxed or hand delivered to the City Clerk. You may use the City’s MPIA Request Form but is not required. Your request should sufficiently identify the records that you are seeking, including a clearly identified subject matter and specific dates or ranges of dates of the documents requested. There are occasions when fees may be charged to produce documents requested under the Maryland Public Information Act.


Immediately Available Documents:

Final Audits (Final, signed audits)

Adopted Budgets and Capital Improvement Program

City Council Meetings – agendas, adopted minutes, agenda packet information

Adopted Ordinances

Adopted Resolutions

Sections of City Charter/Code

City policies

Standard forms

Documents available on the City website

Foreclosure List

Approved Permits


Copies: The first 10 pages are free; thereafter, copies are 15 cents per page. When outsourced – the actual cost will be charged. The copy charge also applies to immediately available documents over ten (10) pages. 

For MPIA requests other than immediately available documents:

There is a $2.00 charge for information provided on a CD.  Charge for information on a Thumbdrive is $4.00. 

Staff Time: The first two hours are free; thereafter, the actual cost of the search for, preparation of, and reproduction of a public record in standard format will be charged. Staff and attorney review costs will be included in the calculation and shall be prorated for each individual’s salary and actual time attributed to the search for and preparation of the public record.

All payments shall be made in cash, by credit card, or check payable to “City of Laurel” and must be received before the documents are released. 

Related Files

City Seal

Clerk to the City Council

It is the responsibility of the Clerk to the City Council to provide assistance to the City Council and to maintain and preserve all required legislation in accordance with State, County and City Codes. The Clerk's Office provides administrative and reporting coverage of all meetings of the Mayor and City Council and various Boards and Commissions. The Clerk serves as the Archivist of the City and is the City's Public Information Act Representative.  Any one desiring information or a copy of adopted or proposed legislation should contact the Clerk's Office by phone or email as listed above.