California's Public Records Act secures the public's access to records of the
California Earthquake Authority, so long as those records are not confidential
(Most Public Records Act requests we receive are for
records available on this website. We recommend
you search this website before making a Public Records Act request.)
is how to ask for public records from the CEA:
1. You can send us a
letter, telephone us, or go to the public information counter at our office.
2. Your request should identify the records you are seeking, state whether
you would like to view the records at our office or receive photocopies of the
records, and, if you want photocopies, whether you want a copying-cost estimate
before we copy the records.
3. There is no charge to look at records, and
there is no charge if you copy records using your own equipment that you bring
to our office. But if you want us to make copies, we impose a per-page charge
of 30 cents. This is the same per-page rate established by the California
Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, as an appropriate
reimbursement rate for copying public records—it includes both copy-equipment
expenses and the cost of paying staff to handle documents and make copies.
If you want copies of public records the CEA routinely maintains in electronic
format and that we can put on a CD, we charge one dollar for each CD in addition
to a reasonable service charge for staff time.
5. If your request requires us
to do special computer programming, you must pay us for the actual cost and
expense to us of programming time we spend (or arrange for) on that request, as
well as the cost of any special supplies or services we need to use. You will
be required to pay us before we begin work on your request; if you pay by
personal check, we will wait for the check to clear your bank before starting
6. If you want us to mail you copies of records, we will not charge
you for the cost of first-class postage; if you want records sent by any other
method, however, or if special handling is involved, we will charge you in order
to reimburse our actual cost.
7. You can come to our office at any time
during the office’s regular public hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If we cannot
fill your request when you arrive, we may set a date and time for you to come
back. In any case, within 10 calendar days of receiving your request we will
either make the records available to you or let you know that we may need up to
an additional 14 calendar days to research and respond to your request. By the
end of that 14-day period, we will tell you whether records will be produced and
You may mail or fax a request for public records to the attention
of the CEA Public Records Coordinator.