Public Records

Lake Forest Records Database

The City provides easy access to many of the City’s documents online. Copies of Ordinances, Resolutions, Minutes, Agreements, Agenda Staff Reports, Site Development Plans, Grading Permits, and other records are available for review at City Hall in the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Records Requests

If the records you are looking for are not available online, you may submit a request for a Public Record at any time using Ask Lake Forest. Simply select the category "Public Records," enter your request, and click on the continue button.

For records requested under the guidelines of the California Public Records Act, please use the Public Records Request Form (PDF) and submit by mail or drop it off in person at the City Clerk’s Office.

Per the Public Records Act, the City upon a request for a copy of records, has ten (10) days from receipt of the request to complete.

Requesting copies of Building Plans

California Health and Safety Code section 19851 governs a City’s ability to allow inspection of and/or provide copies of building plans. Section 19851(a) states that building plans shall be open for inspection as a public record only on the premises of the building department.

REQUIREMENTS

The City may provide copies of building plans if the following requirements are met:

(1)       The City receives written permission to duplicate the plans from both the certified, licensed or registered professional (the “professional”) who signed the original documents and the original or current owner of the building. 

            If the building is part of a common interest development, then instead of the owner, the City must receive written permission from the board of directors or the governing body of the association (such as a Homeowners Association board).

(2)       Complete the required Affidavit form(s), available in the City Clerk’s Office and pay appropriate fees.

Contact the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours for more information at 949 461-3420.