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Public Records Disclosure Information

CHANGES DUE TO GOVERNOR INSLEE’S PROCLAMATION & COVID-19 EMERGENCY

On November 9, 2020, the Washington State Legislature approved Governor Inslee’s request to extend Proclamation 20-28 through December 7, 2020.

  • The requirement that agencies respond to PRA requests within 5 business days is suspended only for requests not received electronically through December 7, 2020. Public records requests received electronically will receive an initial response within 5 business days. Records production in response to requests may be delayed. Each County department and office will make a good faith effort to communicate with records requestors in a timely manner as staffing availability and workloads allow during the COVID-19 Emergency.

 

  • All in-person business pertaining to requests for records is suspended, including: making a public records request in person, onsite inspection or copying of records, and picking up records onsite until December 7, 2020 or the end of the COVID-19 emergency, whichever is sooner.

The Public Records Act (PRA) requires that all public records maintained by state and local agencies be made available to all members of the public, with very narrow statutory exemptions. Chapter 42.56 RCW provides the statutory framework for disclosure of public records.


The following documents will assist you in submitting a Public Records Request to an Island County department or office:


Each department or office is responsible to respond to a public records request relating to the services they provide.  Contact information for public records personnel can be found below.