Request for Data

The Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data is not public. Government data is a term that means all recorded information a government entity has, including paper, email, CD-ROMs, photographs, etc. To learn more about accessing government data, see the Data Practices Policies below:

  • Data Practices Policy for Members of the Public

  • Data Practices Policy for Data Subjects

How to Make a Data Request

In general, to look at government data or request copies of data that the city keeps, your request must be in writing, and submitted by mail, or email. The following forms may be used to process your request.   

  • Data Practices Form for Members of the Public (use for all public data)

  • Data Request for Data Subjects (use if data is about you and classified as private)

  • Standards for Verifying Identity (for data subjects)