The City of Lawrence is committed to protecting and preserving City records appropriately, and to making open records accessible to the public in a timely and efficient manner. Public records possessed by the City shall be open for public inspection as provided by, and subject to the restrictions imposed by, the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215 et seq.).


The Kansas Open Records Act allows public agencies to charge fees for providing access to or copying public records. In some cases the requested records are readily available to the records custodian and no fees will be charged. If the fee to search for and/or copy the records is estimated to be more than $10, you will be notified before the search for the records is undertaken.

How to Submit a Building Permit Records or Sign Permit Records Request

To request copies of or access to open building permit or sign permit public records, please complete and sign an Open Records Request Application and submit it in person or by mail to:

Development Services Office/Building Safety Division
1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 110
Lawrence, KS 66044

You may also submit requests electronically by email to

The Building Safety Division may direct you to submit your request to the City Clerk’s Office or to another department if the Building Safety Division is not the custodian of the records requested. If you have questions regarding records requests, call the Building Safety Division at (785) 832-7700.