Public Records Requests

The city provides access to public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The City's rules are found in Chapter 2.80 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, and full details are provided in the Public Records Act Administrative Rules (PDF), updated December 9, 2016.

Making a Request

Public records requests may be made through the Open Public Records Portal in person, by mail, phone, fax or email to the Public Records Officer. For written requests, you may download and complete the Public Records Request form (PDF).

Contact Information:

Public Records Officer Christine Brown
City of Bainbridge Island
280 Madison Avenue N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Phone: 206-780-8618
Fax: 206-780-8600

Email Public Records

Response to Request

Upon receiving a request for records, the city will respond within five business days by:

  • Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the city will need to respond to the request
  • Denying the records request
  • Providing the record

Additional Time

Additional time may be required to respond to a request because of the need to seek clarification, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third parties or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request (RCW 42.56.520).

Exempt Records

RCW 42.56 describes the records that are exempt from the Washington State Public Records Act. The Municipal Research Services Center's publication Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts (PDF) has additional information on these exemptions.

Notification of Records

Once the records have been assembled, you will be notified that the records are available for your review. Copies may be requested after the review is completed, or you may request to have copies made without conducting a review of the records.

Many records are available for review on this website, including:

Copy Type
Black and white, 8.5 inches by 14 inches or smaller, including scanning to an electronic format
$0.15 per page or per side on 2-sided copies (first 10 pages free)
11-inch by 17-inch black and white copies
$0.30 per page
Color copies, 8.5 inches by 14 inches or smaller
$0.30 per page or per side on 2-sided copies
11 inches by 17 inches color copies
$0.60 per page or per side on 2-sided copies
Open Public Records Portal, Computer Disc, DVD, Flash Drive, etc.
(For electronic copies of records exceeding 100 pages or 25 MB, audio recordings and video recordings. Flash drives to be provided by the requester.)
$5 each
Other categories
Refer to Fee Schedule (PDF)