Public Records Request

COVID-19 NOTICE REGARDING PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

Public Records Requests are still being accepted and processed. However, due to the closure of Kenmore City Hall, no in-person public records business is currently available, including submitting a request for records, picking up/paying for copies, or physically inspecting records. Requests can be submitted electronically through our online form. Please direct questions to tmcallister@kenmorewa.gov.

On May 12, 2020, the Governor signed Proclamation 20-28.3 relating to the Public Records Act (PRA) suspending the requirement to provide an ability for the public to conduct PRA business at an agency office, in-person. However, the City will continue to respond to public records requests promptly and to the greatest and fullest extent possible. The Proclamation is in effect through May31, 2020. 

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City of Kenmore Public Records Requests

The City of Kenmore is committed to providing full access to public records in accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The purpose of the act is to provide the public full access to information concerning the conduct of government, mindful of individuals’ privacy rights and the desirability of the efficient administration of government. 
 

How to Submit a Public Records Request: (PRR)
All public records requests are forwarded to the Public Records Officer for resolution, regardless of media (walk-in, phone call, e-mail, request form, letter, or any type of correspondence which describes identifiable records being requested). To simplify the process, a request can be submitted by one of the following metiods:

                 •  Drop the form off at the Kenmore City Hall during regular business hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday-Friday. Kenmore City Address is 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
                 •  Mail the form to City of Kenmore, P.O. Box 82607, Kenmore, WA 98028
                 
•  Fax the form to (425) 481-3236
                 
•  E-mail the form to Teresa McAllister, Public Records Officer at tmcallister@kenmorewa.gov.

 

Commonly Requested Records

Before submitting a public records request, you might find what you're looking for on the City's website by searching for specific terms in the search field. Another option is to view the City's Document Center by clicking on the link below:

                   Commonly Requested Records

City's Response to a Public Records Request (PRR Procedure, Chapter 14 Administrative Policy and Directives)

Within 5 business days upon the City receiving a request, the City will contact you by acknowledging receipt of the request and provide notification of one or more of the following (RCW 42.56.520):

  • Records available for inspection or copying
  • An Internet address and link on the City’s website to the specific records requested
  • Provide a reasonable estimate of time the City will require to respond to the request. Additional time is needed to respond in order to:
    • Locate, assemble and produce non-exempt records;
    • Notify third persons or agencies affected by the request; and/or
    • Determine whether information requested is exempt.
  • Clarification needed for a request that is unclear, and providing, to the greatest extent possible, a reasonable estimate of time the City will require to respond to the request, if it is not clarified; or
  • Denial of Request

 

Cost for Copies

There is no fee for inspecting city records. If the cost for copies is over $25, a deposit is required.

 

Exemption from Disclosure
Certain information contained in public documents are considered exempt from disclosure. These exemptions are intended to prevent the use of public records for personal or commercial gain, or to prevent unreasonable invasions of personal privacy.Specific exemptions are listed in RCW 42.56.210-280 and other statutes and case law.

 

Online Records Request Form

In order to inspect City public records, complete the public records request form below. It is important that you provide your name, accurate contact information (e-mail, mailing address, phone number), a detailed description of identifiable public records being requested, and the date of the request. If available, please include information such as a file or project number, address and/or parcel number, specific dates, document titles, type of records (reports, permits, letters, etc) 

Last updated: Wed, 05/20/2020 - 8:35pm