Public Records Request

Welcome to the Public Records Portal for the City of High Point, North Carolina.   North Carolina public records law provides a broad right of access to records of public agencies.   The main statutes that define the scope of the law are contained in Chapter 132 of the North Carolina Statutes.  A record that falls within the scope of the statute is subject to public access unless an exception provides otherwise.
Requests are not required to be in writing, nor is the requester required to provide his/her name or an explanation as to why the request is being made. If you wish to make a written request, please complete and submit the form by clicking on one of the three tabs under "public records" below or otherwise contact the City Clerk’s Office at the number listed above.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please retain the reference number that will be provided once your request is submitted.  This will allow you to track and check the status of your request on the Public Records Request Tracking Portal.
The request must be clear enough to enable the City to conduct a meaningful search. The City may ask questions about the request in order to respond to the request fully and in a timely manner.

Public Records

  1. Building/Inspections
  2. Police Department
  3. All Other Departments
To obtain public records for building and inspections, please click here

To obtain public records for planning and development, please click here.

What is a public records request? 

A public records request is a request to either inspect or copy (or both), public records pursuant to Chapter 132 of the North Carolina Statutes.  There is no requirement that the request be made in person or in writing, or be in any particular form.  The person making the request is not required to identify himself/herself, or to provide information about the reason for the request or how the records will be used.  The request must be clear enough in order to respond to the request fully and in a timely manner. The City of High Point acknowledges that access to information is a fundamental and necessary right of “any person”  (residents or nonresidents).

What is a public record?

NC General Statue 132-1 (a):
“Public record” or “Public records” shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina or its subdivisions.

How do I request a public record?

To request a public records click here
To track your public records request click here

Please note that the City of High Point does not have copies of birth or death certificates or divorce decrees.