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Data Practices

You have the right to request data from your government.

About the Government Data Practices Act

The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public. Government data is a term that means all recorded information a government entity has, including paper, email, DVDs, photographs, etc.

The Government Data Practices Act also provides that the City of Brooklyn Park must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for you, as a member of the public, to access public data. You have the right to look at (inspect), free of charge, all public data that we keep. You also have the right to get copies of public data. The Government Data Practices Act allows us to charge for copies. You have the right to look at the data, free of charge, before deciding to request copies.

Procedures to access government data (PDF) >


The new JustFOIA portal is a secure way to request public data and records online. You can search for requests, submit requests anonymously as well as check the status of your requests.  

Public records request submissions online with a secure portal will allow you to accomplish the following:

  • Create an Account
  • Submit Requests Anonymously
  • Track the Status of Your Requests
  • Make Payments Online
  • Receive Records in a Central Location – ONLINE!

Data Practices Act request

NOTE: You do not have to provide any of the contact information asked in the form below. However, if you want us to mail/email you copies of data, we will need some type of contact information.

In addition, if we do not understand your request and need to get clarification from you, without contact information we will not be able to begin processing your request until you contact us.

Data Practices Act request

  • Please describe the data you are requesting as specifically as possible.

Alternative ways to request data

You may also make your request for data by mail, fax, or email using the data request form. Complete a Data Request Form and submit to:

Devin Montero, City Clerk
City Hall
5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Fax: 763-493-8144
Email Devin Montero

If you choose not to use the data request form, your request should include:

  • That you are making a request for data under the Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13;
  • Whether you would like to look at the data, get copies of the data, or both; and
  • A clear description of the data you would like to inspect or have copies