Public Records Requests

COVID-19 Update to Public Records Request Process – posted 3/26/2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, limited staffing, remote working provisions, and pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28, the City needs additional time to process records requests. We will respond as soon as possible with a letter providing an estimated date by which responsive records will be available as soon as normal City operations resume. 

At this time, public records requests are being accepted via email, due to City Hall being closed to the public and most City staff. If you have questions about the current practice, please submit it via email.

The City appreciates your patience and understanding as we all work through this difficult time.

**End of COVID-19 update**

The City of Lake Forest Park is committed to providing full access to public records in accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW Chapter 42.56). The purpose of the Act is to provide the public with full access to records concerning the conduct of government, mindful of individual privacy rights and the desirability of the efficient administration of government.

The City provides various records on its website, Requesters are encouraged to view records available on the website prior to submitting a records request.

Process to Request Public Records - **Please see COVID-19 information, above**

In September 2015, the City Council adopted Resolution 1497, approving the City’s Public Disclosure Administrative Policyand the process for responding to public records requests. Requests are submitted to the Public Records Officer on the Public Records Request Form. Requests may be submitted in person or by mail, email, or fax. Oral requests are not accepted.

Lake Forest Park Municipal Court files are not subject to the Public Records Act. Access to these records may be sought by contacting the Municipal Court directly.

Fees for Public Records

For a listing of the fees for copies of records, please refer to the current user fee schedule.