Public Records Requests
Are you requesting information about your own property taxes?
For information about your property value assessment, contact the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.
What you are requesting may be confidential. We maintain sensitive business and personal information from millions of people. Some of this information is exempt from disclosure under Florida’s public records law. We will provide the information you request to the extent permitted by law.
For a brief summary of many exemptions to Florida’s open government laws, visit the First Amendment Foundation.
What you are looking for may be at your fingertips.
We are committed to making it easy for you to access public information. The information you are seeking may be available by searching our database. If after browsing our website you are unable to find the information you are seeking, you may request public records through email, mail or phone.
How to Request Public Records
Note: When making requests, please provide detailed information. This will help expedite the process and prevent any misunderstandings about your public records request. We recommend that you do not include your social security number or any other confidential information in an email.
Send your request in writing to:
Tax Collector, Palm Beach County
301 North Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor - Legal Services
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Call our office at: 561-355-2264
What you can expect after submitting a request
When we receive a public records request, a tracking number is assigned and an acknowledgement notice is sent to the requestor. If all or part of your request cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality, we will redact the information and provide you with an explanation and legal reference. Exempt information in the records will be blacked out.
State law allows agencies to charge a “special service charge" for providing records that require extensive use of resources and staff. According to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, this includes locating, reviewing for confidential information, redacting, copying and re-filing of records. You will receive an itemized cost calculation of fees. Payment must be submitted in certified funds (cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order). Once payment has been received in our office, we will proceed with processing your public records request.
We will respond to your request within a reasonable period of time pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. You will be provided with an accurate, clearly communicated response.
We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of information regarding taxpayers, applicants for or recipients of child support services, personal or financial information of property owners, and certain personal information regarding our employees.