According to the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), the City must make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within a specific exemption which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by the Public Records Act, the City delete identifying details in a manner consistent with the Public Records Act when it makes available or publishes any public record. In each case, however, the City must fully explain, in writing, the justification for the deletion.
Within five business days after the receipt of a request, the City's Public Records Officer will do one or more of the following:
- Make requested records available for inspection or copying
- Acknowledge the receipt of request and provide a reasonable estimate of when requested records will be available
- Seek clarification of unclear requests
- Deny the request and cite the legal exemption
- Common Exemptions RCW 42.56.210 through 42.56.510
Charges for Copies of Public Records
- There is no charge for inspecting public records.Black and white copies (8 ½ x 11) are 15 cents per page.
- Mailing includes actual cost of postage and shipping container.
- A DVD/CD is $5.00
- If the requested number of records is large, the City may charge a deposit of up to ten percent of the estimated cost of an entire request before copying records. Also, the City may provide the requested records in installments.
For more information regarding requests for public records, view information provided by Washington's Attorney General.