Be advised, processing of records requests during the COVID-19 crisis may be significantly delayed, based on staffing availability and operational needs, as permitted by Delaware Gov. John C. Carney’s amended State of Emergency of March 22, 2020. As it pertains to FOIA, response deadlines for public bodies is extended to within 15 business days following the termination of any active declaration of a State of Emergency.
Delaware's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guarantees citizens access to government meetings and public records. As a public body, Sussex County is bound by the FOIA requirements set forth in 29 Del. C. Chapter 100, as well as the County's adopted FOIA policy.
Most requests for information are routine and do not require a formal FOIA submission. Please review our website first to see if the information is already posted online, or contact the office in question to determine whether the information is readily available.
For more complex or detailed queries, a formal FOIA may be necessary. Please note, one submission is generally sufficient for requests that may span multiple County departments.
Requests can be submitted to Sussex County in any of the following ways:
Download the fillable PDF version of the FOIA Request form. Once downloaded, complete, print and:
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to (302) 854-5383
Sussex County Government
ATTN: Chip Guy
Sussex County Communications Director/FOIA Coordinator
PO Box 589
Georgetown, DE 19947
Submit in person at:
Sussex County Administrative Offices complex
2 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947
Sussex County takes very seriously the public's right to know, and has taken numerous steps in recent years to ensure improved public access by posting to the County web site important information such as government agendas, minutes, budgets and other records.
Citizens requiring information not found on the County web site can submit their request to the County's designated FOIA coordinator, Chip Guy. Mr. Guy will be charged with directing the request to the department or office that has custody of the records in question.
For questions regarding FOIA, contact Mr. Guy at (302) 854-5000 or submit an email here.