Section 4. Public Records and Public Meetings Law

City Council is governed by Virginia open meeting and public record laws. These state laws ensure that public business is conducted in a transparent and open manner.

Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VA FOIA)

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VA FOIA) ensures the people of the Commonwealth have ready access to public records and free entry to public meetings. VA FOIA outlines the steps the government must take to provide this open access as well as circumstances where public records and meetings may be exempted from public access.

The full text in the state code is available here.

Information on making a request for records under VA FOIA can be found here.

A Virginia FOIA Quick Guide from the City Clerk's office is can be downloaded here.

Virginia Public Records Act

The Virginia Public Records Act defines what a public record is and outlines requirements surrounding the retention and disposal of public records. Under the Public Records Act, all government entities are required to designate a records officer responsible for overseeing records management and compliance with law. The City Clerk is the designated records manager for the City of Falls Church and City Council.

The full text in state code is available here.

A Virginia Public Records Quick Guide from the City Clerk's office is can be downloaded here.