Guidelines for Access to Public Records

Public records maintained by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) are available for inspection by the public during regular business hours of the office where the records are located. Requests for public records may be made orally or in writing. The request may be made in person, or by telephone, mail, e-mail or fax, to the office where the records are located.

The request should be focused so that the records can be identified and located with reasonable effort. DTSC staff are available to help the requester identify the records that are responsive to the request or to the purpose of the request. DTSC may withhold any records that are exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act. If the request requires DTSC’s review of numerous records, a mutually agreeable time should be established for the inspection of the records.

Copies of public records that are not exempt from disclosure are available upon pre-payment of fees covering the direct costs of duplication.  The requester may choose to bring his or her own copier, or send a bonded copying service to DTSC’s office.

Persons inspecting DTSC’s public records shall not destroy, mutilate, deface, alter, or remove any such records from DTSC’s office. DTSC reserves the right to have its staff present during the inspection of public records, or take other precautions, in order to prevent the loss or destruction of records.

The contact information for DTSC’s Public Records Coordinators at the headquarters and regional offices are as follows:

Headquarters Office
Phone number: (916) 323-7811
Fax number: (916) 323-5542

Sacramento Regional Office
Phone number: (916) 255-3758
Fax number: (916) 255-6447

Berkeley Regional Office
Phone number: (510) 540-3800
Fax number: (510) 540-3801

Chatsworth Regional Office
Phone number: (818) 717-6521
Fax number: (818) 717-6526

Cypress Regional Office
Phone number: (714) 484-5336/37
Fax number: (714) 484-5318

Clovis Regional Office
Phone number: (559) 297-3905
Fax number: (559) 297-3904

San Diego Regional Office
Phone number: (619) 516-1982/83
Fax number: (619) 516-1963

El Centro Regional Office
Phone number: (760) 352-0381
Fax number: (760) 352-1641