Public Records Request

What are the fees?

The District reserves the right to charge fees to the requestor in accordance with the amounts provided in RCW 42.56.120 and as amended by the Legislature. Please review the fee schedule below for typical fees as allowed under RCW 42.56. The District may use any other method authorized by the Public Records Act for imposing charges for public records including, but not limited to, charging a flat fee or charging a customized service charge. No fee shall be charged for the inspection of public records or locating public documents and making them available for copying, with the exception of the customized service charge allowed in RCW 42.56.120. The District may waive charges assessed for records when the Public Records Officer determines collecting a fee is not cost effective.

Records Fees

What information should I include in my request?

It’s helpful to include as much information as you can, such as document titles, specific dates, times, addresses, and case numbers. This allows District staff to more effectively locate documents pertaining to your request.

Example Requests

Under the Public Records Act, I am requesting records from the Operations Department documenting tree trimming occurrences between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

Under the Public Records Act, please provide Accounting records documenting purchases of fleet vehicles between March 1, 2018 and May 15, 2020.

What if my request is for a variety of records

If your request contains a variety of records from multiple departments, please select which departments you believe will have records, or “Unknown/I don’t know”. The Public Records Officer will help to determine which departments need to receive the request.

What happens to my request?

The processing of your request or official response to your request may take up to 5 business days. If your request is not complicated and records are readily available, it may be processed at the time it is received.

What is third party notification?

If records contain information that may affect others and may be exempt from disclosure, the District may send a notice to those parties informing them of the request prior to providing the records to the requestor.

When is a request considered abandoned?

If a requestor fails to fulfill their obligations to inspect, respond to clarification for unsearchable requests from District staff, or make any payment within 30 calendar days, the District may close the request and consider it abandoned.