Public Records Policy
The City of University Heights is committed to maintaining a high level of transparency and providing any member of the public access to public records maintained by the City. Under Iowa law,
every person [has] the right to examine and copy and to publish or otherwise disseminate public records. The City of University Heights has developed a public records request process to assist members of the public in gaining access to public records. This page provides links to forms and documents related to the public record request process.
The City will provide up to $100 of City staff time for supervision or gathering records free of charge with respect to each Public Records request. If the City estimates that the cost of responding to a request will exceed $100, the person requesting records will be provided with an estimate of total costs, and the person must agree to pay the total costs above $100 associated with responding to the request (whether less than, more than, or the same as the estimate) before records will be gathered or copies will be made.
If the City estimates that the cost of responding to a request will exceed $150, the person requesting records must pay the estimated costs above $100 before records will be gathered or copies will be made. If actual costs are more than the estimate, any overpayment will be refunded; if actual costs are less than the estimate, the additional amount must be paid before the records or copies will be released.
- Public Records Estimated Fee Schedule Worksheet (PDF) (if request requires more than $100 in expenses, this will be returned to requester)
- Public Records Policy (PDF)
- Public Records Request Form
Requests for Police information should be emailed to the University Heights Police Chief. All other information requests should be emailed to the City Clerk. Using the Public Records Request Form link will automatically send requests to the appropriate contact.
All requests should be returned to either of those custodians of records by email or at the following address:
University Heights City Office
1302 Melrose Avenue
University Heights, IA 52246