The Right To Know law is designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental agencies in Pennsylvania.
During the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has issued the following advisory:
“Requesters: Unless you have an urgent need to access records, please do not file any new RTKL requests at this time. Additionally, in most cases, inspecting records will not be possible during the emergency; if a request is necessary, please seek copies of records (preferably electronic).”
Please also note that any day on which the Upper Darby Township Municipal Building is closed shall not count towards the statutory deadline for responding to a request for records. Requests will be processed in the order received, and only on days when the Open Records Officer is physically present to have access to Township documents. Thanks for your patience. Stay healthy.
If the Agency denies the request, the denial will be issued in writing and will include the description of the record request, the specific reasoning for the denial, contact information of the open records officer of the agency, date of the response as well as the procedure for an appeal.
Reasoning for a 30-day Extension may include (but is not limited to): Record Redaction, Off-site Record Storage, Legal Review, Refusal of Fee Payment, Scope of Request precludes a response within the required time period
Financial records. — The exceptions set forth in subsection (b) shall not apply to financial records, except that an agency may redact that portion of a financial record protected under subsection (b)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (16) or (17). An agency shall not disclose the identity of an individual performing an undercover or covert law enforcement activity.
It should be noted that many of Upper Darby Townships documents are only kept in (Non-Electronic) Paper Formats and are unavailable except in that medium. If a requester wishes a document be provided that is kept in an electronic format and not exempt from the law, we will provide it in the PDF Format, since this is the only Internationally Agreed Upon Open Standard for these types of documents that Upper Darby Township currently uses.
Portable Document Format (PDF) was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO/IEC 32000-1:2008). You can learn more about the PDF Standard at the Adobe PDF Technology Center.
All dates used on the site conform to ISO 8601, which is an international standard covering the exchange of date and time-related data. All dates are in the format of YYYY-MM-DD.
You can submit by:
The primary place we would recommend is the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website.
You must provide this within 15 business days from the date that the Agency [Upper Darby Township] mailed to you a denial letter or the date that the request was “deemed denied.” When an agency does not respond to you in writing with five business days of your written RTK request that request is “deemed denied.” If an agency did not respond, please indicate this in writing.
You must provide the required information no later than the 15th business day or your appeal will be untimely under the law and therefore cannot be processed. If that time frame has expired, or will expire, before you provide to us the required information, you will have to file another RTK request with the Agency.
When we receive your completed file, we will assign a docket number, send you a an acknowledgment letter and assign an Appeals Officer to process your appeal.
Appeals should be sent to the Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North St., 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. They may also be submitted via facsimile to 717-425-5343 or via email.
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