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Legislative Resolution Regarding the Public Records Act

The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution extending the Governor’s emergency orders issued via proclamation during the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of the emergency.

During the pandemic, the Governor issued emergency proclamations allowing cities to hold virtual meetings as well as modifying requirements around public record requests. However, these modifications relied on House and Senate leadership agreeing to extend the orders every few weeks. This uncertainty created a lot of confusion and concern for city staff and leadership when the emergency orders were extended at the last minute. Emergency orders modifying the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Public Records Act (PRA) were set to expire on January 19.

With the current public health emergency during the COVID-19 disease outbreak, agencies must still respond to Public Records Act requests during the COVID-19 disease outbreak; however, the Governor’s proclamation temporarily suspends Public Records Act language requiring agencies to provide an ability for the public to conduct Public Records Act business at an agency office, in-person, such as in-person inspection of records or in-person submission of Public Records Act requests.

Public Records Requests

In accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act, RCW 42.56, the City of Port Orchard allows for the inspection or copies of records unless specifically exempted by law. Once a request has been submitted, the City of Port Orchard may contact the requestor for clarification of the request or to coordinate delivery of the records.

City records, including ordinances, resolutions, Council and advisory meeting packets and agendas, and permit applications are available online on our Documents page.

City of Port Orchard Public Records Officer

Brandy Wallace, PRO, City Clerk
City of Port Orchard
216 Prospect Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Public Records Request Policies and Procedures

View the City of Port Orchard's Public Records Request Policies and Procedures.

Municipal Court Public Records

To request records from the Port Orchard Municipal Court you may:

  • Request in person at 216 Prospect Street, 3rd Floor, Port Orchard, WA 98366
  • Request over the telephone at (360) 876-1701
  • Request by fax at (360) 895-3071
  • Request by email at court@portorchardwa.gov

Please note that The Public Records Act does not apply to judicial records. See City of Federal Way v. Koenig, 167 Wn.2d 341, 217 P.3d 1172 (2009) and Nast v. Michels, 106 wn.2d 300, 307 (1986). Court records are governed by the Administrative Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (ARLJ), Section 9.

Fee Schedule

Record Type Cost
Printed (paper) copies (standard 8 1/2 x 11) $0.15 per page
Scanned copies $0.10 per page
Electronic files and/or electronic attachments $0.05 per each 4 files
Transmission of records via electronic format $0.10 per 1GB
Digital media storage Actual costs
Mailing costs Actual costs

Submitting a Public Records Request

For all other requests not including Port Orchard Municipal Court records, please log in to the City's Public Records Request Portal at the below link:


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