Public Records Requests
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You can submit public records requests, police public records requests or building and land use permit records requests online. Or use the contact information in the right column to submit a records request by email, phone, fax or in person. The city will respond within five business days with:
- provision of the record;
- acknowledgement of receipt of request and a reasonable estimate of the time the city will need to respond to the request; or
- denial of the request.
Note that additional time may be required to respond to the request because of the need to seek clarification of what information is needed, to locate and assemble information requested, to notify third parties or agencies affected by the request or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made to all or part of the request. RCW 42.56 lists reasons for exemption of information to the public.
Once the responsive records have been assembled, we will either send you the records electronically, or you will be notified that the records are available for review in the city's Public Records Center. Copies of records can be requested after the review is completed, or you may request to have copies made without conducting a review of the files. The city's fee schedule has complete information about duplication costs.
Our Public Records Disclosure policy offers complete details of the city's public records request process.
The Public Records Division manages all public records requests on behalf of the city, excluding police reports.