Filing a Records Management Ordinance or Policy with State Archives
According to Utah Code 63G-2-701(2) a political subdivision has the right to adopt an ordinance or a policy applicable throughout its jurisdiction related to information practices, including classiﬁcation, designation, access, denials, segregation, appeals, management, retention, and amendment of records, so long as the adopted ordinance or policy is in compliance with the criteria set forth in Utah Code Sections 63G-2-101 through 63G-2-108, 63G-2-201, 63G-2-202, 63G-2-301 through 63G-2-310, 63A-12-105, and 63A-12-107.
Notify State Archives within 30 days
Section 701 of the Government Records Access and Management Act states that it is the responsibility of the political subdivision to notify the State Archives of any retention schedules, designations and classiﬁcations of records maintained by the political subdivision, no later than 30 days after the policy or ordinance effective date.
Retention subject to review
Section 701 further clariﬁes that the report of retention schedules, classiﬁcations, and designations is not subject to approval by State Archives, but provides that if State Archives determines that a different retention schedule is needed for state purposes, that State Archives has the right to notify the political subdivision of the state's retention schedule for the records, and shall maintain the records if requested to do so, as provided by Utah Code 63A-12-105(2).
Recommended approval process
It is the recommendation of the State Archives that locally approved records ordinances and policies be approved following a model of public transparency and accountability, as exhibited by the State’s Records Management Committee, and that ordinances and policies related to public access and records retention be reviewed and approved by a political subdivision’s governing body.
Filing with State Archives
To ﬁle a copy of your approved ordinance or policy with State Archives send a PDF copy to your RIM Specialist or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call 801-531-3863.
As a courtesy your ordinance or policy may be linked to on Archives.utah.gov, but posting on the Archives website does not constitute ﬁling. It is the responsibility of the creating agency to tell the Archives if our links are out of date.
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