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Information – Requests for Exemption from Public Disclosure of Personal Information

Florida Statute §119.071 requires that all state, county and municipal records, which are not exempt by law, be open for inspection and copying by any person. It is the duty of the Lee County Property Appraiser to provide public access to non-exempt records we maintain in the most efficient way possible, preferably by remote electronic access via our website.

If you are currently or formerly employed in a category listed below, are the spouse of an eligible employee, or otherwise qualify based on the list below, you may request that certain personal information for your property be exempt from public record by the Lee County Property Appraiser’s Office. This request will also remove your information from our website. Please be advised that §119.071 changed on July 1, 2019. The changes expand the exemption for information contained in property appraiser files. Please review the current statute and consult with your legal advisors if you have any questions.

You must furnish copies of employee photo ID and badge and valid state-issued driver’s license or ID card.

Qualifying Persons and Applicable Florida Statutes:
Sworn or civilian law enforcement personnel, including correctional and correctional probation officers; §119.071(4)(d)2.a., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Personnel of the Department of Children and Families whose duties include the investigation of abuse, neglect, exploitation, fraud, theft, or other criminal activities; §119.071(4)(d)2.a., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Personnel of the Department of Health whose duties are to support the investigation of child abuse or neglect; §119.071(4)(d)2.a., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Personnel of the Department of Revenue or local governments whose responsibilities include revenue collection and enforcement or child support enforcement; §119.071(4)(d)2.a., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Nonsworn investigative personnel of the Department of Financial Services whose duties include the investigation of fraud, theft, workers’ compensation coverage requirements and compliance, other related criminal activities, or state regulatory requirement violations; §119.071(4)(d)2.b., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Nonsworn investigative personnel of the Office of Financial Regulation’s Bureau of Financial Investigations whose duties include the investigation of fraud, theft, other related criminal activities, or state regulatory requirement violations; §119.071(4)(d)2.c., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Firefighters certified in compliance with §633.408; §119.071(4)(d)2.d., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Justices of the Supreme Court, district court of appeal judges, circuit court judges, and county court judges; §119.071(4)(d)2.e., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
State attorneys, assistant state attorneys, statewide prosecutors, or assistant statewide prosecutors; §119.071(4)(d)2.f., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
General magistrates, special magistrates, judges of compensation claims, administrative law judges of the Division of Administrative Hearings, and child support enforcement hearing officers; §119.071(4)(d)2.g., Fla. Stat.
(only current are eligible)
Human resource, labor relations, or employee relations directors, assistant directors, managers, or assistant managers of any local government agency or water management district whose duties include hiring and firing employees, labor contract negotiation, administration, or other personnel-related duties; §119.071(4)(d)2.h., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Code enforcement officers; §119.071(4)(d)2.i., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Guardians ad litem (as defined in §39.820); §119.071(4)(d)2.j., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Juvenile probation officers, juvenile probation supervisors, detention superintendents, assistant detention superintendents, juvenile justice detention officers I and II, juvenile justice detention officer supervisors, juvenile justice residential officers, juvenile justice residential officer supervisors I and II, juvenile justice counselors, juvenile justice counselor supervisors, human services counselor administrators, senior human services counselor administrators, rehabilitation therapists, and social services counselors of the Department of Juvenile Justice; §119.071(4)(d)2.k., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Public defenders, assistant public defenders, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and assistant criminal conflict and civil regional counsel; §119.071(4)(d)2.l., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Investigators or inspectors of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; §119.071(4)(d)2.m., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
County tax collectors; §119.071(4)(d)2.n., Fla. Stat.
(only current are eligible)
Personnel of the Department of Health whose duties include, or result in, the determination or adjudication of eligibility for social security disability benefits, the investigation or prosecution of complaints filed against health care practitioners, or the inspection of health care practitioners or health care facilities licensed by the Department of Health; §119.071(4)(d)2.o., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Impaired Practitioner Consultant retained by an agency or former employees of an impaired practitioner consultant whose duties result in a determination of a person’s skill and safety to practice a licensed profession; §119.071(4)(d)2.p., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Emergency medical technicians or paramedics certified under chapter 401; §119.071(4)(d)2.q., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Personnel employed in an agency’s office of inspector general or internal audit department whose duties include auditing or investigating waste, fraud, abuse, theft, exploitation, or other activities that could lead to criminal prosecution or administrative discipline; §119.071(4)(d)2.r., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Directors, managers, supervisors, nurses and clinical employees of an addiction treatment facility; §119.071(4)(d)2.s., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Directors, managers, supervisors, and clinical employees of a child advocacy center that meets the standards of §39.3035(1) and fulfills the screening requirement of §39.3035(2); §119.071(4)(d)2.t., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Members of a child protection team as described in §39.303 whose duties include supporting the investigation of child abuse or sexual abuse, child abandonment, child neglect, and child exploitation or to provide services as part of a multidisciplinary case review team; §119.071(4)(d)2.t., Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Victim of a crime as defined in §119.071(2)4(j), Fla. Stat.; Court documentation declaring you a victim must be submitted; must be renewed every 5 years

Florida Statutes require that the following qualifying persons also furnish a written statement that you have made reasonable efforts to protect the information for which you request exemption from being accessible through other means available to the public:

Qualifying Persons and Applicable Florida Statutes:
United States attorney, assistant United States attorney, judge of the United States Courts of Appeal, United States district judge, or United States magistrate; §119.071(5)(i)3(i)2, Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)
Service member: member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or the National Guard, who served after 9/11/01; §119.071(5)(k)b.2, Fla. Stat.
(current or former are eligible)

To request exemption, complete the Request for Exemption from Public Disclosure form. Each applicant requesting the exemption must complete a separate form. Please be aware that the July 1, 2019 changes to §119.071 further restrict our ability to provide information about your property once we process the exemption.

In the future, if you need to access your information or provide your exempt information to a third party, you will have to complete the Authorization for the Release of Personal Information Exempt from Public Disclosure form.

For questions regarding this information, please email Publicdisclosure@leepa.org, or call (239) 533-6110.

Submit the completed forms and the required documents by:

Mail: Lee County Property Appraiser
Attn: Tax Roll Department
P.O. Box 1546, Fort Myers, FL 33902
Fax: (239) 533-6160
Email: Publicdisclosure@leepa.org
In person: 2480 Thompson St
Tax Roll Department, 4th Floor
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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