For records not available online, you may submit a public records request by going to the City's Public Records Request Online Portal or you may submit a written request by completing the Public Records Request Form and delivering to the City Clerk's Office.
Pursuant to the Public Records Act, the City will respond to your request within ten (10) days of receiving your request.
The City provides access to City Council and Commission meeting related documents on the City website. Copies of Agendas, Staff Reports, and Minutes may be found on the City website at https://lakeforestca.gov/129/Agendas.
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.
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. The City's Schedule of Fees can be found HERE.
Contact the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours for more information at (949) 461-3400 or click here to view the instructions on how to request duplication of plans.