The best way for a governmental body to respond to a request for information is to promptly release the requested information. However, not every case is so straightforward. When confidential information is requested, or when a governmental body needs to protect its interests, a governmental body may need to seek to withhold certain information.

In any case, a governmental body must respond promptly to every request received. Generally, within ten business days, a governmental body must either:

  1. Release the information to the requestor;
  2. Give the requestor written notice of the date and time the requestor will get the information;
  3. Seek to withhold requested information by asking for a ruling from the Open Records Division; or
  4. Withhold information based on prior authorization.