Colorado Open Records Request Act (CORA) Requests
The Department of Local Affairs supports the goals of governmental transparency by making every effort to ensure records requests are fulfilled within the parameters of the law.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a "CORA?"
"CORA" stands for "Colorado Open Records Act." In the spirit of open government, the Colorado Open Records Act requires that most public records be available to the public. Anyone can request information that is in the possession of a government office, including the State Land Board.
The Colorado Open Records Act is located in the Colorado Revised Statutes at 24‐72‐201 to 24‐72‐309, C.R.S.
- What is a Public Record?
A "public record" includes most writings made, maintained, or kept by our office. However, there are some exceptions concerning records made available under CORA.
- What can be excluded from a CORA?
Some information is considered confidential or is excluded from the Colorado Open Records Act.
Some examples of excluded public records include:
- Personally identifiable information
- Work product prepared for an elected official
- Trade secrets and proprietary software information, including programs and source code
- Will DOLA explain the content in a CORA response?
No. Questions regarding interpretation of records provided pursuant to an Open Records Request are beyond the scope of the Colorado Open Records Act.
- Are there charges associated with a CORA?
There is no charge unless the request involves more than two hours of staff time or hard copies are requested (hard copies are $0.25 per page; staff time after the first hour is $30.00 per hour).
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When responding to a records request, DOLA shall make every effort to respond as required by § 24-72-203(3)(b), C.R.S. Note: When a substantial request is made — requiring the production of more than 25 pages of documents or the use of more than two hours of staff time to locate or produce records — DOLA may charge the requestor for all copying expenses and reasonable, actual costs associated with staff time ($30 per hour max) pursuant to § 24-72-205(5)(a), C.R.S.