Public Records Request A request for public records maintained by the Department of Business Regulation under the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 38-2, may be made in person at the Department’s offices between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, or by telephone, email, mail or fax. Email is the preferred contact method if the request is in writing. You may make the request by completing this Public Records Request Form, but use of this form is not required. The Department has many Divisions. Please refer to the following chart for where to send your request. If you are unsure where to send the request, please send it to the Director’s Office. Where to Send your APRA Request Financial Services, Commercial Licensing, and Gaming and Athletics Department of Business Regulation 1511 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: 401-462-9500 Fax: 401-462-9532 Banking Email: DBR.BankInquiry@dbr.ri.gov Insurance Email: DBR.Insurance@dbr.ri.gov Securities, Charities, & Franchises Email: DBR.SecInquiry@dbr.ri.gov Commercial Licensing Includes: Auto Body / Salvage Rebuilder Auto Glass Auto Wrecking & Salvage Yards Constables Liquor Food Trucks / Crafts Mobile Home Parks Real Estate Appraisers Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons Unit Pricing Upholstery Email: DBR.CommLicInquiry@dbr.ri.gov Gaming and Athletics Email: DBR.GamingAthletics@dbr.ri.gov Office of Cannabis Regulation Office of Cannabis Regulation Office of Cannabis Regulation Department of Business Regulation 560 Jefferson Blvd, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 02886 Phone 401-889-5607 Fax 401-889-5608 Email: DBR.MMPCompliance@dbr.ri.gov Email: DBR.HempCompliance@dbr.ri.gov State Building Office Department of Business Regulation 560 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 100 Warwick, RI 02886 Phone 401-921-1590 Fax 401-889-5535 Building Code Commission Email: DBR.StateBuildingOffice@dbr.ri.gov Contractor’s Registration & Licensing Board Email: DBR.StateBuildingOffice@dbr.ri.gov Architects Email: email@example.com Engineers Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Landscape Architects Email: email@example.com Land Surveyors Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Board of Accountancy Email: email@example.com Fire Safety Office of the State Fire Marshal Office of the State Fire Marshal 560 Jefferson Blvd, 1st Floor Warwick, RI 02886 Phone 401-889-5555 Fax 401-889-5534 Email: James.Given@dbr.ri.gov Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review 560 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 202 Warwick, RI 02886 Phone 401-889-5551 Fax 401-889-5279 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Director's Office Director’s Office Department of Business Regulation 1511 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: 401-462-9500 Fax: 401-462-9532 Email: DBR.DirOfficeInq@dbr.ri.gov Public Records Requests Guidelines The Department of Business Regulation (“Department”) adheres to the Access to Public Records Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 38-2, and has instituted the following procedures to help you obtain public records: Records requests are accepted by our offices, either orally or in writing, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In most cases, you do not need to submit a written request to inspect records as many Department records, including those available pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act (R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-2), are readily available for inspection during regular business hours at the Department’s Offices and may be accessible on our website and/or available for delivery via email upon request. R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3(d). While a written request is not required, you may be asked to submit your request in writing where it involves: search and retrieval; multiple categories of records; voluminous documents; redaction; documents in storage; or other such circumstance. You may complete a copy of the Department’s Public Records Request Form, which may be obtained on the Department’s website, or you may otherwise submit your request in writing. The Department’s preferred method of communication is email but all other forms will be accepted. You are not required to provide identification or the reason you seek the information, and your right to access public records will not depend upon providing identification or reasons. In order to ensure that you are provided with the public records you seek in an expeditious manner, please indicate: 1) a complete description of the records sought in a manner that will permit the Department staff to identify and locate them; and 2) the method by which you would like delivery of the response (e.g. email, US postal service, etc.). Please be advised that the Access to Public Records Act allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond, which can be extended an additional twenty (20) business days for “good cause.” We appreciate your understanding and patience. If you wish to inspect public records that are currently in use by the Department or which must be retrieved from storage, the Department will contact you and arrange a time for inspection at one of the Department’s offices. If you wish to obtain photocopies of public records, the cost is fifteen cents ($0.15) per page for documents copied on standard or legal size paper. Additionally, the cost for search and retrieval is fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, although there is no charge for the first hour of search or retrieval. The Department will provide an estimate of charges, if any, prior to the Department fulfilling your request. All payments for copies of records shall be paid in advance of delivery, or at such time as the Department may specify. All persons requesting delivery of records shall be responsible for the actual cost of delivery. All checks/money orders shall be payable to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. If you believe that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file a review petition with the Director of the Department. If you are still not satisfied, you may file a complaint with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General or initiate proceedings in Rhode Island Superior Court. The Department is committed to providing you with public records in an expeditious and courteous manner. See the Department’s Access to Public Records Regulation.