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Open Records Request

In 1976, the General Assembly enacted the Open Records Act, KRS 61.870 to KRS 61.884, which establishes a right of access to public records. The General Assembly recognized that the free and open examination of public records is in the public interest.

Subject to certain exemptions, records that are prepared, owned, used possessed, or retained by a public agency are public records and will be made available to the public upon request. 

How do I request a public record?

To request copies of or inspect public records, you must make a written request to the Official Custodian of Records. Sign the request, print your name, and describe the records (be specific, i.e., name, date, location) you wish to inspect or obtain copies of. Please include your address and phone number. Mail, email, fax, or hand-deliver your request to the Owen County Judge/Executive, 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359, (502) 484-3405.


Applicants for the inspection of public records shall be advised of the availability of the records requested for inspection and shall be notified in writing not later than five (5) working days after receipt of an application for inspection of any reason the records requested are not available for public inspection. 

Copies of written material in the public records of this agency shall be furnished to any person requesting them on payment of a fee of ten (10) cents a page (plus certified postage); copies of non-written records (photographs, maps, material stored in computer files or libraries, etc.) shall be furnished on request, on payment of a charge equal to the actual cost of producing copies of such records by the most economical process not likely to damage or alter the record.

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