Requesting Records & Information

Requesting Public Records

It is the City of Des Moines' policy to handle all requests for public records uniformly, fairly and expeditiously, with all due consideration for the requester's needs as expressed or perceived. The City shall provide for inspection and copying of requested public records unless such records are exempt from disclosure under chapter 42.56 RCW or other law under which disclosure is regulated.

Any person wishing to request access to public records from any City department shall make the request to the Public Records Officer using the public records request form.


Consistent with RCW 42.56.070(4), the City Council for the City of Des Moines adopted the following Resolution:

  1. The City Council finds that it would be unduly burdensome for City staff to index each and every of the many varied City records, given the wide range of City activities and the limited staffing levels maintained in each City department; and

  2. The City Council finds that the creation of a single index providing the intricate detail described in RCW 42.56.070 would interfere with City operations in that it would take an inordinate amount of staff time to develop and maintain.

  3. The City Council also finds that City of Des Moines shall disclose all public records and any indexes of public records maintained by the City to the extent not exempt from disclosure pursuant to chapter 42.56 RCW or other applicable laws.

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Public Records Officer
City of Des Moines
21630 11th Avenue S., Suite A
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: 206-870-7603
Fax: 206-870-6540

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