Request for Public Information

The Town is committed to providing the public with access to public records from all Town departments under R.I. General Laws Section 38-2-2. The Town’s various departments and staff provides numerous documents to the public, media, and attorneys every day in the ordinary course of business.

Any person who wishes to request a public record, known as APRA (Access to Public Records Act) requests, can now do so online. Click here to create an APRA request online. Please note, you will need to provide a name and email to create an account.  

If you do not want to process your request online, you can make your request in the below ways:

  • Contact the Town's APRA coordinator via telephone at 401-789-9331 x1202
  • E-mail the Town's APRA coordinator directly  
  • Visit the Town Clerk's office on the 1st floor of Town Hall located at 180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

What to know when you are making an APRA request:

  • The Access to Public Records Act, R.I. General Laws Section 38-2-3(e), grants a public body ten (10) business days to respond to a public records request. The Act further provides that for good cause, a public body may submit a written request for an extension of up to twenty (20) business days to process the request.
  • The Access to Public Records Act provides the requestor the opportunity to view and/or copy public records. Should a copy be requested, the cost per copied page of written public documents is fifteen cents ($0.15) in accordance with R.I. General Laws Section 38-2-4 for documents copied on common business size (letter or legal) paper. You may elect to obtain public records in any and all media in which we are capable of providing them. The Act permits a reasonable charge for search and retrieval of documents. The hourly costs for a search and retrieval shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, with no charge for the first hour.

Ways to request public records:

  • Click here to create an APRA request online
  • Contact the Town's APRA coordinator via telephone at 401-789-9331 x1202
  • E-mail the Town's APRA coordinator directly  
  • Visit the Town Clerk's office on the 1st floor of Town Hall located at 180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879