HIPAA & Open Records

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We are committed to maintaining the privacy and security of your health information, and are required to do so by law. This notice describes the rights you have concerning your health information and how we may use and share your health information. Please review this information carefully.

Privacy Notices

Authorizations to Release and/or Obtain Health Information

Open Records

We are committed to the principles of open government and accountability. Records created or received by us and our employees in connection with the transaction of public business may be subject to public inspection.

Unless a record or information contained in the record is not subject to disclosure for reasons permitted by law, such as records that contain protected health information, the record shall be released in whole or part to the public.

Requesting Public Health Madison & Dane County Open Records

How to request:

Fees for copies of records

We may charge 5 cents per hard copy to cover the actual, necessary, and direct costs of reproduction. Records provided electronically may incur a media storage fee. We may also require prepayment of fees if the total amount exceeds $5.00.

Records inspection availability

Our public records are available for inspection and copying during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please contact the Records Custodian at (608) 266-4821 or email us.

Publicly Available Data on Licensed Establishments

Dane County licensed establishment data includes:

  • Beaches
  • Bed & breakfasts
  • Campgrounds
  • Caterers
  • Hotels & motels
  • Mobile food trucks
  • Pools
  • Restaurants
  • Retail food stores
  • Short term rentals
  • Tattoo & body art

There are two data sets available:

  1. Licensed Establishments dataset - shows all operational licensed establishments receiving routine inspections.
  2. Establishment Inspection dataset - shows the inspections for specific licensed establishment

Tips for using these datasets:

  • To make evaluating the data easier, download the full dataset, then filter your data accordingly.
  • The raw data includes all data from 2012 to present, thus, it may take some time to download.
  • The data sets are meant to work together. For instance, you can use the information from the licensed establishment dataset to search all the written violations for a specific business using the establishment guide sheet dataset; or, you can search for a specific inspection in the establishment inspection dataset.
  • If you want to see the inspection reports from at a particular business or location, use the inspection report look up.

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Records Requests

When submitting your requests, please include:

  • The specific information/records are you seeking.
  • Date(s) or date range of records or dates when events of interest occurred.
  • Complete address of the property or other data about the location of the property.
  • Parcel number of each property.

Our records may not contain the information available on the property you requested. We recommend that you also request information from the following State and local agencies as appropriate:

  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Wisconsin Department of Agricultural, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP).
  • Public Works or Engineering, Public Utilities, and Planning and Zoning
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