Open Records - PA Right to Know Law
The County of Lancaster Board of Commissioners passed Resolution No. 29 of 2012
on April 4, 2012 approving an updated Right to Know Policy for the County of Lancaster for record requests made pursuant to the Right to Know Law as set forth in Act 3 of 2008
. This Resolution supersedes all ordinances and resolutions or parts thereof, including but not limited to Resolution No. 99 of 2008 which established the county’s Right to Know Policy
Right to know Forms
Law Enforcement/Judge Registration
PA Office of Open Records
Commonly Sought Public Records & Document Information
In 1975, Lancaster County established Archives
which serves as the repository for the permanently valuable records produced within the county. View a historical indexes
such as deeds, births, marriages, wills, and other records.
Established in May of 2008, Budget Services
assists with the creation and oversight of the county's budget. View for budget and financial information
Clerk of Courts
The Clerk of Courts
handles all the filing for the Lancaster county criminal courts. Search the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System Docket Sheets
for criminal records.
The Lancaster County Assessment Office
assesses real estate within the county for the local property tax levy. View Lancaster County Assessment Online Information (wEdge)
The Lancaster County Prothonotary Office
serves as the Clerk for the Court of Common Pleas by providing external oversight of judicial records. Search Civil Court Records
. Common records include divorce decrees, change of name filings, mortgage foreclosure, tax lien, and numerous other records.
Recorder of Deeds
The Recorder of Deeds Office
is responsible for recording documents related to real estate, the uniform construction code, and various other documents. Search public records
for this office.
Register of Wills
The Register of Wills Office
provides services related to probate of decedent estates, issuance of marriage licenses, collection of inheritance taxes, and maintenance of records pertaining to adoptions, guardianship, and estates. Search for probate or marriage records
The Sheriff's Office
conducts judicial sales of real and personal property in addition to other assigned duties. View information relating to sheriff's sales or mortgage foreclosure surplus
The Treasurer's Office
performs a range of duties including receipt of county taxes, investing county receipts, collecting hotel room rental tax, and issuing hunting, fishing, dog, bingo, and small games of chance licenses and permits. To see a list of tax sale surplus, please visit the Treasurer's Office link above.