If a record I requested is denied, what are my options?

Review of Denials of Public Records

  1. Requesting a review of denials of public records. RCW 42.56.520 allows for review of denials of public records. Any person who objects to the initial denial or partial denial of a records request may petition in writing to the City Clerk's office for a review of that decision. The petition shall include a copy of, or reasonably identify, the written statement denying the request.
  2. Consideration of petition for review. The public records officer or his/her designee will immediately consider the petition and either affirm or reverse the denial within two business days following the City Clerk's office receipt of the petition, or within such other time as the City Clerk's office and the requestor mutually agree to.

For more information, please call 425-888-1555, ext. 1118.

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1. How are the five business days calculated when responding to a public records request?
2. What public records are exempt from disclosure?
3. Do all City records have to be stored at City Hall?
4. Must the City copy records at no charge for non-profit organizations?
5. Must the City agree to provide copies of "future records"?
6. Must the City create a document when responding to a specific request for public disclosure?
7. If a record I requested is denied, what are my options?