The Freedom of Information Act

The City of Fort Smith is eager to comply with requests under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (AFOIA). The Arkansas Press Association produces an excellent handbook that clarifies the AFOIA for citizens requesting information and for those individuals responsible for meeting the requirements and fulfilling the citizen's request.  The handbook can be downloaded at

Existing public records or documents can be made available for inspection upon contacting the custodian of the record. Such records can be reproduced in hard copy for 25 cents per page or may be provided in digital format. The preferred media for fulfilling requests is by electronic copy via email, or if the file size or document list requires, the digital files can be put on CD, DVD, or a USB drive.

In many cases, citizens may prefer to simply inspect the documents where they are stored and earmark which, if any, digital or paper copies they wish to take with them.

If you have a request for a public record, please email and your request will be routed to the appropriate department for fulfillment.