Public Records Disclosure
Making a Request for Records – Online Records
As of February 2012, most Office of Hearing Examiner case records, from 2010 to the present, are available to the public from this site. Click here to access the Internet Records Information System (IRIS).
There is no charge to access, view and/or print Office of Hearing Examiner online case records.
Making a Request for Records – Paper Records
All non-exempt records of the Office of Hearing Examiner are available to the public for review and copying Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., excluding legal holidays. It is necessary to make an appointment to review and copy records.
Requests to review or copy the Office of Hearing Examiner's public records should be made in writing on the Office of Hearing Examiner's request form, attached below, or by letter, fax, or email.
The following information needs to be included in a request:
A number of public records are available on-line free of charge, including Hearing Examiner decisions from 1990 to the present, Hearing Examiner Rules and Procedures, the Public Guide, appeal forms and annual reports from the last 2 years.
Charges for Copies of Public Records
Payments must be made payable to the City of Seattle.
Responses to Public Records Requests
Within five business days after receipt of the request, the Public Records Officer will do one or more of the following:
All records will be released if they do not fall within the specific exemptions of the Public Records Act or other statutes that exempt or prohibit disclosure of specific information or records. The Public Records Officer will state the reason each withheld record or redacted portion of a record is exempt from disclosure.
In compliance with RCW 42.56.070(9), the Office of Hearing Examiner does not disclose lists of individuals for commercial purposes. A declaration certifying that records containing lists of individuals will not be used for commercial purposes is required prior to their release.
Withdrawn or Abandoned Requests
When the requestor either withdraws the request or fails to fulfill his or her obligations to inspect the records, pay the deposit, or make final payment within thirty days of being requested to do so, the Public Records Officer will close the request and notify the requestor that it has been closed.
Review of Denials
A requestor may submit a written request for review of any denied record to:
The appeals officer will respond to the request for review within two business days of receiving it.
Public Records Act
Hearing Examiner Records Retention Schedule