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What is the Public Records Act?

    California's Public Records Act ("PRA") is a California statute that affords the public the right to inspect, and be provided a copy of, most of the written information retained by State and local agencies in the course of business. The PRA regulates the public's access to records and sets out the specific statutory circumstances under which particular records need not be disclosed. The PRA states that public records are open to inspection at all times during the office hours of a local agency.

Is the PRA related to the Freedom of Information Act?

    Persons who request access to public records frequently reference the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") as the basis for their request. The FOIA is a federal statute that does not apply to local government. However, the PRA was modeled after the FOIA.

When will an addendum be issued?

    Addendum(s) can be issued at anytime but will be issued at least seventy-two (72) hours before the bid opening date. No addendums will be issued after the seventy-two (72) hour mark. Addendum(s) are posted on the city’s website http://www.yubacity.net. If the Internet is not accessible, then call 530-822-4659 for addendum(s).

To which local agencies does the PRA Apply?

    The PRA applies to every conceivable local government entity. Under the PRA, a "local agency" includes a county; city, whether general law or chartered; school districts; municipal corporation; district; political subdivision; any board, commission or agency of any of these and non-profit organizations of local agencies which are supported solely by public funds.

What are “Public Records”?

    The PRA defines "public records" as follows: "'Public records' includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics ..." A local agency is not required to create a document or compile a list in response to a request under the PRA.

Procedure for complying with a Public Records Act Request

    A local agency has 10 calendar days from the receipt of the request to determine whether to grant the request. In unusual circumstances, the local agency may take up to an additional 14 calendar days to make the determination. If the local agency intends to use this additional time to respond, the local agency must provide written notification to the requestor that the additional time is required, the reason for the delay and the date on which a determination will be given. When the local agency has made a determination, the requestor must be promptly notified of the local agency’s determination. This notification should be in writing.


    No fees may be charged to reimburse the local agency’s costs incurred to search for a record, review a record, redact a record, assist a requester in formulating a request, or respond to a request. The local agency may charge a fee for the direct costs of duplicating when a requester is seeking a copy. Direct costs of duplication include costs of reproduction, and conceivable the cost of staff time expended in making a copy of the records. An agency may require payment in advance before providing the requested copies.

City of Yuba City Fee Schedule - Document Printing & Copying

    Copies 0-10 Pages No Charge
    Copies over 10 pages (Per Page) $ 0.10
    Data on Computer Disk $ 5 00*
    Video/Audio Tape - 15 min. $23.00
    Video/Audio Tape - Additional minutes $ 1.00
    Other Actual Costs