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All requests for copies of official public records must be made in accordance with the State of New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.).
A request for access to a government record must be in writing and hand-delivered, mailed, transmitted electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the appropriate custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.g. The time frame to fulfill a request for access to government records under OPRA does not begin until the request form or equivalent written request has been delivered to the appropriate records custodian. After the day of receipt, the department records custodian has seven business days to respond. So if the request was received on Friday, day 1 would be Monday. However, if Monday was President's Day, for example, then day 1 would be Tuesday.
Sending a records request to the wrong officer or employee may result in a delay of the fulfillment of the request. In the City of Rahway, the City Clerk is the official Records Custodian.
The Office of the City Clerk has assigned a member of the Police Department to act as a records custodian.
In order to obtain documents, they are the custodian of, please use the link above and fill out their OPRA request.
If you are solely looking for Open and Closed permits, use the link above to access the City of Rahway's permit records.
If you need guidance on how to use the portal, call 732-827-2087.
Please Note: Pick-Up and US Mail have fees
Letter-Sized Pages: $0.05Legal-Sized Pages: $0.07
Disc and USB Fees are dependent on size required, as is the addition of postage fees
YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS FORM AND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED THEREON IS SUBJECT TO RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC UNDER THE OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.)
By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
Example: 123 Alphabet Street; Block 123, Lot 456
Records From 2010 to PresentOpen and Closed PermitsMost Recent Certificate of Occupancy Most Recent Property Record Card Most Current Tax Bill & Outstanding Liens On Home Property Violation ReportZoning Violation Report
Records From 2010 to Present
Additional examples of records that can be requested can be found on the Detailed OPRA Instructions page (LINK).
Please note that a proper OPRA request must identify with reasonable clarity the records desired. OPRA submissions that request all of an agency's documents, seek information (and not records), or ask questions are not proper requests. See Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J. Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). In addition, record custodians are not required to conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA request.
You will be notified if your OPRA request requires clarification or is non-conforming.
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