Denver International Airport is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver and Denver’s records are made available to the public under the Open Records Act of the state of Colorado (Colorado Revised Statutes §24-72-201 to 206). The airport is not subject to the federal public records act, called the Freedom of Information Act or "FOIA". FOIA only applies to records of the federal government, not records of state or local agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who maintains the public records of the airport?
The official custodian of the airport’s records is the chief executive officer, head of the Department of Aviation of the City of Denver.
Where and how do I request public records of the airport?
For complete information, please read the rules for Open Records Act requests.
As the rule explains, you may request public records of the airport by mail, fax, or e-mail to the chief executive officer:
Chief Executive Officer
Denver International Airport
8500 Peña Boulevard, 9th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80249
Fax: (303) 342-2215
NOTE: e-mail messages are vulnerable to non-delivery or rejection by the airport’s computer security systems. If you do not receive a reply e-mail acknowledging receipt of your e-mail request within 24 hours, you should mail or fax your request to the airport.
Where would I go to look at the records?
Under the Open Records Act, the airport's public records are available for inspection at the location where they are maintained. Most of the airport’s records are maintained at the Airport Office Building, 8500 Peña Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. To see records, you must first make a request under Airport Rule and Regulation 220, then make an appointment.
Are there any airport records I can look at in downtown Denver?
The city clerk’s office, located on the first floor of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado, has the following airport records on file:
- Duly executed city contracts, including contracts of the Department of Aviation
- Bills for ordinance and contracts pending approval of the city council
- Rules and regulations of Denver International Airport
The Denver City Council, City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver, Colorado, has minutes and agendas of meetings of the city council and its committees at which airport matters were discussed.
Under the Open Records Act, if you ask for public records that the airport does not have, but another agency has, the airport staff will let you know to the best of its knowledge where to go and whom to ask for the records. (Colorado Revised Statute 24-72-203(2)(a)).
Are there any airport records I can look at online?
The following types of records are available online from DEN's web sites:
- Airport rules and regulations
- Concession list of companies doing business as (DBAs)
- Concession program information and opportunities
- Construction bid and award information
- Financial reports
- Noise Reports
- Tenant development guidelines
The following types of records are available online at the city's Web site, www.denvergov.org:
- Annual budgets
- City council bills, ordinances and agendas
- Denver maps
- Denver Municipal Code
- Pre-qualification guidelines for construction contractors
- Restaurant inspections
There are many other records available and they are added often, so we encourage you to browse these Web sites before making an open records request.
Can I make a request for records that are not yet available but are to be compiled in the future, such as monthly reports or financial statements?
No, the airport generally is not able to accommodate “standing” requests or requests for future documents. The airport will let you know when the document is likely to be available, so you can resubmit your request at that time.
What is the charge for viewing or copying the records?
There is no charge to view or inspect records available online. For other requests, City-wide open records policy is to charge $30 per hour if more than one hour is required for searching, retrieving, redacting, and compiling documents. If you want copies, the cost is $0.25 cents per page, with page size not exceeding 11 x 17 inches. Search and copying costs must be paid before copies will be sent. Contracts and other documents available at the city clerk's office may also be photocopied for a fee. If the information requested is "voluminous", documents may be transferred to a portable storage media at a cost of $15 per device/disc/drive, plus staff preparation time. Finally, a video provided in response to a records request is $35.