Review of Denials of Public Records
RCW 42.56.520Requesting a review of denials of public records:
RCW 42.56.520 allows for review of denials of public records. Any person who objects to the initial denial or partial denial of a records request may petition in writing (including email) to the Public Records Officer for a review of that decision. The petition shall include a copy of, or reasonably identify, the written statement denying the request.
Consideration of petition for review:
The Public Records Officer will promptly provide the petition and any other relevant information to the Public Disclosure Steering Team to conduct the review. The Public Disclosure Steering Team will immediately consider the petition and either affirm or reverse the denial within two business days following the City's receipt of the petition, or within such other time as the City and the requestor mutually agree to.