Freedom of Information Act Requests

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act, or VFOIA, is a state law that ensures Virginia residents and members of the media have access to public records and meetings of public bodies. With specific exemptions or exceptions, FOIA provides that all public records shall be open for public inspection and all meetings of public bodies be open to the public.

  1. Before Submitting a Request
  2. How to Submit a Request
  3. My Rights & County Responsibilities

Lots of Chesterfield County information is readily available online. Before submitting a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request, a search of this website is recommended and could save you time and potential expense. A search of the county’s website may also assist you in identifying the county department(s) that has the record(s) you are looking for. Review a list of county departments. Chesterfield’s Open Government page also provides online access to many records or documents commonly requested under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Commonly requested documents under VFOIA

  • Annual reports
  • Audit reports
  • Building Permits and Zoning
  • Business Reports
  • Capital Improvement Plan
  • Collaborative and consolidated services
  • Financial information
  • Fiscal year accomplishments and priorities
  • Organizational chart
  • Procurement Information Gateway, or PInG
  • Regional efforts

Types of records held by Chesterfield County

  • Personnel records concerning employees and officials of the county
  • Records of county contracts
  • Budget records
  • Records showing receipts and expenditures of the county
  • Real estate records, such as leases, easements, deeds, and records related to the acquisition or sale of such property
  • Law enforcement records and other records of both internal and external investigations
  • Building, planning, transportation and other community-development records
  • Social services records
  • Agendas, agenda items, minutes, and other records of the meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other governmental bodies appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • Records of the county airport, county vehicle fleet, solid waste management and security management
  • Records related to parks and recreation and services offered by the Parks and Recreation Department
  • Library records
  • Information System Technology records
  • Tax and licensing records
  • Records of the county Mental Health Support Services Department