Open Records Request

Habersham County residents have a statutory right to inspect a vast number of Georgia's public records using the state's Open Records Act (OPA).

Under this law, you can inspect the public records of all county and municipal government entities as well as state departments, agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions and authorities and regional authorities.

The OPA also covers private entities performing a service for a public agency, as well as nonprofit organizations that receive more than one-third of their funding from tax funds.

You have the right to inspect all public records of the government bodies subject to the OPA. The term "public records" is broadly defined to include all written documents, maps, books, tapes, photographs and electronic information, prepared and maintained or received in the course of the operation of a government body.

Please note that Mrs. Underwood is the Open Records Officer only for Habersham County Government which excludes the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and any other elected official’s office such as the Clerk of Court, Judges, and Tax Commissioner. It also excludes independent authorities such as the Habersham County Hospital Authority and the Habersham County Development Authority. 

To make a request, download the PDF form to the right, and send the completed form to:

Lindsay Underwood
Habersham County, County Clerk
555 Monroe Street, Unit 20
Clarkesville, GA 30523

You may also email the form or fax it to 706-839-0219.

Habersham County will work diligently in fulfilling your request for documents in accordance with the Open Records Act. As authorized by O.C.G.A. Section 50-18-71(b)(2), the Habersham County government has designated an Open Records Officer. Official requests for records under the Open Records Act must be made directly to the Open Records Officer, Lindsay Underwood. Official Open Record requests may be emailed to the Open Records Officer at lunderwood@habershamga.com.

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office will work diligently in fulfilling your request for documents in accordance with the Open Records Act. As authorized by O.C.G.A. Section 50-18-71(b)(2), the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office has designated an Open Records Officer. Official requests for records under the Open Records Act must be made directly to the Open Records Officer, Miranda Kemp. Official Open Record requests may be emailed to the Open Records Officer at mfkemp@habershamga.com. 

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.  The FOIA does not require agencies, outside of federal agencies, to do research for you, answer written questions, or in any other way create records in order to respond to a request.  Habersham County is only responsible for providing documents that are eligible to be released to the public pursuant to OCGA 50-18-71.

NOTICE: Certain records and information contained in records are exempt from disclosure by law. You will be notified within three business days if the record requested is indeed a public record available for inspection, and you will be notified as to when the record will be available. There is a 10 cents per page charge for each page of our records you request to have copied. In addition, you may also be charged a fee for record retrieval with the first 15 minutes being free.