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Public Records Request

A public records request should include the name, address, and contact information of the requestor; a description of the requested public records adequate to locate the records, and the date of the request.  Please note that local governments are not required to create documents to comply with a request for specific information.  Rather, they must produce existing records for review and copying.  Also, local governments are not obligated to compile information from various records so that information is in a form that is more useful to the requestor. 

Many public records are currently available on the City's website.  Examples include the Comprehensive Plan, critical areas and shoreline updates, Burien Municipal Code, budget documents, and City Council meeting agendas, minutes, and videos (current and past).

The Public Records Officer will make records available for inspection and copying by appointment during normal business hours, excluding legal holidays.  The requestor will not remove any document from the viewing area or disassemble or alter any document.  If desired, the requestor may indicate which documents he or she wishes the City to copy.

To request a public record, you may: 
  • Visit Burien City Hall at 400 SW 152nd St., Suite 300 during regular business hours.
  • Submit the form online.  Click here to access the form.   
  • Print and mail the form.  Click here to print the form. 

For assistance, or to make requests by letter, email, or phone, contact:  

    City Clerk/Public Records Officer
    Monica Lusk
    400 SW 152nd Street, Ste. 300
    Burien, WA 98166
    (206) 248-5517
    (206) 248-5539

To request Police Department records, contact:

    King County Sheriff's Office, Records Unit
    King County Courthouse
    516 Third Ave., Room W-150
    Seattle, WA  98104
    (206) 263-2626

To request court-related records, contact:

    King County District Court - South Division
    Court Manager
    Burien Court House
    601 SW 149th St.
    Burien, WA  98166
    (206) 296-0905

Response to Records Requests
Within five business days of receipt of the request, the Public Records Officer or designee will do one of the following:

   * Provide a reasonable estimate of when the records will be available.
   * Make the records available for inspection or copying.
   * Contact the requestor to request clarification.
   * Deny the request and cite the reason for the denial.

If the requestor does not receive a response within five days, he or she should contact the Public Records Officer.

For large request, the City may require a deposit of up to ten percent of estimated cost before making copies; provide copies in installments; and/or require advance payment before providing further installments.



Photocopies (after first 10 pages)
    Black & White
        8 1/2 x 11  &  8 1/2 x 14
        11 x 17
        Large Format
        8 1/2 x 11  &  8 1/2 x 14  
        11 x 17  
        Large Format

$0.15 / page
$0.20 / page
Vendor Invoice

$0.20 / page
$0.35 / page
Vendor Invoice
CD / DVD  $2
Certified Copy           $5.00 / page
Conversion of Paper to Electronic Format (after first 10 pages)  $0.15 / page
Postage Actual Rate                                           

Prices for GIS Services (pre-made maps, custom maps or data) can be found by following this link www.burienwa.gov/GISservicefees.

Please note: By submitting the above form you agree to pay any reproduction costs that may apply.

Special Considerations
The Public Records Act, RCW 42.56, provides that a number of document types and information are prohibited from being disclosed or are exempt from public inspection and copying.  See WA State Attorney General's Exemption List.  In addition, there are other statutes not listed in Chapter 42.56 RCW which may exempt or prohibit disclosure of certain documents.  See Exemption List Outside RCW 42.56 (Appendix C to "Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts," Municipal Research and Services Center, March 2016, and as amended.)  If only a portion of a record is exempt from disclosure, the Public Records Officer or designee will redact the exempt portions before providing the document.

If requested records contain information that may affect the rights of others, before providing the records, the Public Records Officer or designee may give notice and allow time for action by the other parties.

If a requestor has not reviewed or claimed records within thirty (30) days of notice that the records are available or fails to make payment, the Public Records Officer may close the request.

If after a request has been filled and the Public Records Officer becomes aware of additional documents existing at the time of the request, these documents will be provided to the requestor on an expedited basis.

400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300  /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 241-4647  /  Fax: (206) 248-5539
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