File a Public Records Request

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:

Visit and fill choose the “Request” option in the middle of the page.

1-1400 Public Records Disclosure Policy w-attachments (effective 9-23-2018)

Ordinance No. 2018-027 public record fee

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