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PUBLIC RECORDS POLICY
We are an open government. We welcome informed participation from our
citizens. We believe openness leads to a better-informed public, which
leads to more transparent government and better public policy. Citizens
are entitled to access government records and the Public Records Act
should be interpreted liberally in favor of disclosure.
Hours and Costs
While it has been established by law that the cost for copies of most public records shall be set at the amount deemed to be the actual cost of making paper copies, the recorder’s office must conform to Ohio statute, which clearly outlines the amount a recorder should charge for copies of recorded documents.
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 317.32 a requester shall be charged $2.00 per page for a copy of a recorded document. This statute further outlines the amount to be charged if a request is made for a certified copy of a recorded document.
The charge for paper copies of recorded documents shall be .25 cents per page should the copy be made by the requester. This amount has been determined as the cost of this office to make these copies.
How to Make a Public Records Request
Definition of Public Records
Records That Will Not be Released
Peace officer, firefighter, EMT, prosecutor, assistant prosecutor, children’s services worker, or corrections officers, residential and familial information (R.C. 149.43(A)(7);
All images exported from the Columbiana County Recorder’s office via any and all digital formats are watermarked. That is how they are stored online and for digital copies to prevent fraud. Documents brought in for filing with the "UNOFFICIAL" watermark will not be acceptable for official recording purposes. Documents without the watermark may be obtained at the Columbiana County Recorder’s office during normal business hours at 105 S. Market Street Lisbon, OH 44432
We will not provide copies of public records that we create or receive after your original request is completed.
Questions or Concerns