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Requests for records must be addressed to the City's Open Records Officer, and can be submitted by email, fax, mail, or in person. The request should be specific and not seek answers to questions. After filing a request, a response will be issued within five business days.

The City's Open Records Officer is Sarah Rotz, Esq.

City of Allentown
ATTN: Right-to-Know Designee
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101


Voice: 610.437.7545 / FAX: 610.437.8701

Filing an Appeal

When a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date. The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied. An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access.

An appeal may be filed to the Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, email, fax, or in person at:

Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234


Voice: 717.346.9903 / FAX: 717.425.5343

When the request is denied or deemed denial, and the request pertains to criminal-investigative records,the appeal must be filed with:

Heather Gallagher, Chief of Administration
Lehigh County District Attorney's Office
455 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101