[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Barnegat Light 2-16-2005 by Ord. No. 05-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., government records shall be readily accessible for inspection, copying or examination by the citizens of this state, with certain exceptions, for the protection of the public interest, and any limitations in the right of access accorded shall be construed in favor of the public's right of access. A "government record" or "record" shall be as defined within N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., the "custodian of a government record" or "custodian" shall mean the Borough Clerk. The Borough Clerk may delegate responsibility for handling records requests for particular departments within the Borough to deputy custodians.
The custodian of government record shall permit the record to be inspected, examined and copied by any person during regular business hours unless a government record is exempt from public access by the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented. A request for a record must be made on a form adopted by the custodian of the government record.
Unless a shorter time period is otherwise provided by law, a custodian of a government record shall grant access to a government record or deny a request for access to a government record as soon as possible but not later than seven business days after receiving the request, provided that the record is currently available and not in storage or archived.
During such regular business hours and under the supervision of a representative of the custodian, every citizen of the state shall also have the right to copy such records by hand and to purchase copies of the records. Copies of records shall be made available upon the payment of the price as established by N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5. The custodian may require a deposit against costs for reproducing documents sought whenever the custodian anticipates that the information thus requested will cost in excess of $5 to reproduce.
The following fees shall be charged for copies of public documents and records:
Duplicate tax bills: $5 for an initial duplicate copy of a tax bill; $25 for each subsequent copy of a tax bill for the same tax year requested by the same person or organization.
Vital statistics certificates: $25 for the first certified copy; $5 for each additional certified copy per request (marriage, birth, death, civil unions).
[Amended 3-21-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-10]
All other copies: as provided by N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.