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Public Records Request



Please consider using this electronic form to help facilitate your Public Records request. This form requires that you provide some basic information so that our office can complete the request and contact you if we have questions and when the request is completed. You are, however, not required to use this form, request public records in writing, provide your name or explain the reason for the request.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of our offices.

Public Records Process

The process for completing a public records request involves: 1) a review to determine what public records, if any, exist which are responsive to the request; 2) a determination of whether any responsive records may be exempt from disclosure; and 3) analysis to determine the method of collection/retrieval of the requested records.

Ordinarily, our office does not exceed twenty (20) business days to complete a public records request.

In order to help us provide you the best response to your request, please carefully consider the information that will be useful to you. Very broad requests can take longer to fulfill, however, the Polk County Property Appraiser's Office is committed to providing records as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Public Records Notice

The Public Records Act does not contain a specific time limit (such as 24 hours or 30 days) for compliance with public records requests. The standard is the limited reasonable time allowed to retrieve the record(s) and remove those records that are exempt. If the nature or volume of public records requested to be inspected, examined, or copied is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources, or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by Property Appraiser personnel, charges may be assessed, which are to be reasonable and based on the cost incurred for the extensive use of such resources of labor in furnishing or copying the information requested. Please read our services brochure for a pricelist and additional information.

The Public Records Act is fully outlined in Florida Statute Chapter 119 at the following link: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes

Data Disclaimer

The Polk County Property Appraiser makes every effort to produce and publish the most current and accurate information possible. The Property Appraiser's Office assumes no responsibility for errors in the information and does not guarantee that the data is free from errors or inaccuracies. Similarly, the Property Appraiser's Office assumes no responsibility for the consequences of inappropriate uses or interpretations of the data. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use, or its interpretation. Confidential information is redacted per FS 119.070 unless the request is from a governmental agency that is authorized to have access to confidential data in furtherance of statutory duties. The initial request for confidentiality made to the Property Appraiser's Office follows the records when they are relayed to the requestor. Utilization of the data provided indicates understanding and acceptance of this statement by the user.

The custodian of public records for the Polk County Property Appraiser's Office is Carol Walker (Client Services). All public record requests should be sent to:

Polk County Property Appraiser
Attn: Public Records Custodian
255 N Wilson Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830
-- OR -- pahelpdesk@polk-county.net


Important: Much of our public data is already available at no cost via our website. Information that can be downloaded from our website will NOT be provided via a public records request. Please review the Downloads page, or the Advanced Query page of our website before submitting a request.  All data, including public records requests, will be provided "as-is" and in accordance with F.S 119.01.




Request Form
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number  
Email Address  
Organization, Company or Media Outlet (if applicable)
Date Range of the records requested
Ex. 1/6/17 TO 1/29/17
FROM
TO

Please provide as much detail as possible about the record(s) being requested
Important Dates

Web site date
Monday, August 12, 2019

Mail out date
Friday, August 16, 2019

File a petition deadline
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Missed the deadline and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
File for 2019

You may file in person or online.
TPP Tax Return Deadline
4/1/2019

Extension Request Period
3/18/2019 - 4/1/2019


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