On March 24, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28 excusing public agencies from responding to public records requests within 5 business days, which is otherwise required by RCW 42.56.520(1). Pierce County is making every effort to continue providing a response to any new public records request within the 5-day period. However, because staff are reduced and/or working remotely, there may be delays in providing you with an initial response to your public records request. In addition, many offices are currently closed to the public, including in-person public records requests or inspection. We appreciate your understanding.
Request birth certificates, death certificates, and other vital statistics through the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
911 audio recordings and CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) records may be obtained directly from South Sound 911
Contact the courts for official court records or make a request to the courts public records officers for administrative records
Chapter 42.56 RCW, the Public Records Act, requires each agency to make available for inspection and copying nonexempt 'public records' in accordance with published rules. Pierce County adopted Chapter 2.04 PCC, Public Records Inspection and Copying Procedures, for implementing the public records act.
Within five (5) business days of receipt of the request, the public records officer will do one or more of the following:
- Make the records available for inspection or copying;
- Give the requester a link to document on Web page;
- Provide in writing a reasonable estimate of time when records will be available;
- Request clarification, by telephone or in writing, if the request is unclear or does not sufficiently identify the requested records;
- Deny the request, in whole or in part.
Public records are available to be scheduled for inspection and copying during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding legal holidays. There is no fee for inspecting public records.
Cost for Public Records
There is no cost to inspect public records or to download records that are posted on agency websites.
The cost for each four electronic files or attachment uploaded to email, cloud-based data storage service, or other means of electronic delivery is five cents (.05).
The cost to transmit public records in an electronic format or for the permitted use of agency equipment to send records electronically is ten cents (.10) per gigabyte.
Pierce County and its applicable agencies will waive copying or transmission fees for the first ten pages of records responsive to a request, to include an equivalent quantity of electronic data when the electronic data can be printed in page format.
A requester is permitted one fee waiver in a 30-day period, regardless of the number of requests submitted by the same requester during that period. Waiver is not required for any record request that includes one or more of the same request terms as another request previously or concurrently submitted by the requester.
The requester must claim or review the assembled records within 30 days of notification that the records are available for inspection of copying. If the requester fails to claim or review the records within the 30-day period or make other arrangements the public records officer may close the request.
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