Public Records Requests

The city provides access to public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The City's rules are found in Chapter 2.80 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, and full details are provided in the Public Records Act Administrative Rules, updated April 14, 2015.

Making a Request

Public records requests may be made through the Open Public Records Portal in person, by mail, phone, fax or email to the Public Records Officer. For written requests, you may download and complete the Public Records Request form.
Contact Information:
    Public Records Officer
    Christine Brown
    City of Bainbridge Island
    280 Madison AVE N
    Bainbridge Island, WA  98110
    206-780-8618 (phone) 
    206-780-8600 (fax)

Response to Request

Upon receiving a request for records, the city will respond within five business days by:
  • Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the city will need to respond to the request
  • Denying the records request
  • Providing the record

Additional Time

Additional time may be required to respond to a request because of the need to seek clarification, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third parties or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request (RCW 42.56.520).

Exempt Records

RCW 42.56 describes the records that are exempt from the Washington State Public Records Act. The Municipal Research Services Center's publication Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts has additional information on these exemptions.

Notification of Records

Once the records have been assembled, you will be notified that the records are available for your review. Copies may be requested after the review is completed, or you may request to have copies made without conducting a review of the records.
Many records are available for review on this website, including:
 Copy Fees
Black and white, 8.5" x 14" or smaller, including scanning to an electronic format $0.15 per page or per side on 2-sided copies (first 10 pages free) 
11" x 17" black and white copies $0.30 per page
Color copies, 8.5" x 14" or smaller $0.30 per page or per side on 2-sided copies
11" x 17" color copies $0.60 per page or per side on 2-sided copies
Electronic media - computer disk, DVD, flash drive, etc. (For electronic copies of records exceeding 100 pages or 10 emails, audio recordings, and video recordings. Flash drives to be provided by the requestor.) $5 each
Other categories Refer to Fee Schedule