North Carolina Freedom of Information

The North Carolina Public Records Law under Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes is designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in North Carolina.  The first statute dealing with public documents in the state was passed in 1935.  The North Carolina’s statement of purpose indicates, “the public records and public information compiled by the agencies of North Carolina government or its subdivisions are the property of the people.  Therefore, it is the policy of the State that the people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided by law.”

The North Carolina Open Meetings Law legislates methods by which  public meetings are conducted.  Article 33C, statutes 143‑318.9 – 143-318.18 of the North Carolina code define the law.  The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states, “whereas the public bodies that administer the legislative, policy‑making, quasi‑judicial, administrative, and advisory functions of North Carolina and its political subdivisions exist solely to conduct the people’s business, it is the public policy of North Carolina that the hearings, deliberations, and actions of these bodies be conducted openly.”


Inside North Carolina Freedom of Information