Public Records : Policy Details

The State Auditor's Office policy on public records

Within five business days after receiving a request, we will do one of three things:

  • Provide the record(s)
  • Acknowledge your request and give you a reasonable estimate of how long it will take to respond
  • Deny all or part of the request in writing, stating the reasons for the denial. State law requires us to cite the specific exemption from disclosure and how the exemption applies to the information.

We redact, which means to obscure or remove, any records or portion of records that are protected by law from disclosure. We will specify the exemption that applies to any redactions and how the exemption applies to the exempt information.

The Public Records Officer will make records available for inspection by appointment during normal business hours in our Olympia office; our offices are closed for legal holidays.

Is there a charge for copies of records?

We charge 10 cents a page for hard copy documents when the total number of pages exceeds 100.  RCW 42.56.070 (7) and (8) and RCW 42.56.120.

Notice of preproposal statement of inquiry: rule making

The State Auditor’s Office filed with the Code Reviser’s Office the notice to begin the rule making process to amend WAC 48-13 Access to Public Records.  The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records. This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes. Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Cindy Evans at (360) 725-5585 or If you'd like to read more on the official notice of our rule-making, you can click here to see the full text of what was filed with the Washington State Register.


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