Right-to-Know Requests/Open Records

 

For Lancaster Township (Lancaster County, PA) – CONTACT:  Thomas P. Daniels

Right-to-Know Law – Requesting Lancaster Township Records

Requests for records must be addressed to the Agency Open Records Officer (Thomas P. Daniels) and submitted by using the Lancaster Township RTK Request Form: RTK Request (Township Form)

Requests can be submitted by one of the following three methods:

  1. Email – tdaniels@twp.lancaster.pa.us
  2. Mail – (see address below)
  3. In-person – (see address below)

Lancaster Township’s Open Records Officer is:

Thomas P. Daniels, RTK Officer
Lancaster Township
1240 Maple Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603

Direct Dial Phone: (223) 221-7514
Email: tdaniels@twp.lancaster.pa.us

Complete the Lancaster Township RTK form thoroughly and retain a copy for yourself; it may be required if an appeal is filed. You have 15 business days to appeal after/if a request is denied or deemed denied.

When requesting records–Be clear and concise. Provide as much specific detail as possible, ideally including subject matter, time frame, and type of record or party names. RTK requests should seek records, not ask questions. Requesters are not required to explain why the records are sought or the intended use of the records unless otherwise required by law.

After filing a request, a response will be issued within 5 business days.

Filing an Appeal:
When/If a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.  The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date.  The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied.  An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access. 

An appeal may be filed to the PA Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, or by email, fax, or in person at:

Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101-2234
Phone: 717-346-9903
Fax: 717-425-5343
Email: openrecords@pa.gov

For more detailed information on filing an appeal with the PA Office of Open Records, visit their website here > https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/Appeals/HowToFile.cfm