City of Yakima

How do I make a public record request?

Washington law requires state and local agencies to make public records available to the public. The law, the Washington State Public Records Act RCW 42.56, supports the public’s right to be informed about what their government is doing.

The Act also lists certain public records that do not have to be disclosed. These exemptions are intended to prevent unreasonable invasions of personal privacy or the use of public records for personal or commercial gain.

The Act also requires that the public records requested are “identifiable.” Your public records disclosure request must include a reasonable description that would allow a City of Yakima employee to locate the records. A general question is not a public disclosure request.

Here’s How To Request A Public Record From the City of Yakima:

Step 1:

Fill Out The Request For Public Record Form. Our form is provided to assist you.

You may right-click and save the link Public Records Request (PDF) to your desktop to fill out and email. Or we have an on line Public Records Request Online Form that you can submit to us. You may email, print, scan or send through the post office mail your request for a Public Record. Our contact information is below.

If you have trouble downloading the form, want a paper copy mailed to you or have more questions please contact us at 509-575-6000 or 509-575-6037.

Step 2:

Complete The Form
After filling out the form either electronically or by hand:

  • Return it by email to: Public.Records@YakimaWa.gov
  • Return it by mail to:
    • City of Yakima
      Public Records Officer
      129 N. 2nd St.
      Yakima, WA 98901
  • Return it by FAX to: 509-576-6614 or 509-576-6635

City of Yakima Public Disclosure Policy
Fee Schedule

Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


Washington State Office of the Attorney General

Additional Links:

City Council meeting minutes
City of Yakima Municipal Code
Records Retention Schedules
Birth & Death Records (Yakima County)
Marriage Licenses (Yakima County)

Additional Public Disclosure Resources:

Local Open Government Blog
Washington Coalition for Open Government
Open Meetings Act Information and Resources
Washington State Auditor’s Office
Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington