Engineering Records Vault, 3/31/2001
Under Washington State’s Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), you are entitled to request public records from Seattle Public Utilities. Public records are any writing that reflects the conduct or performance of the utility and are prepared, owned, used, or retained by the utility regardless of physical form.
A number of public records are available online, free of charge, on SPU’s web site. They include service-level reports, comprehensive plans, design standards and specifications, project information, and many more documents.
How to request public records
We need the following information from you:
- Your name, address, telephone, and email address
- Details of the records, such as document type, office, author, or subject
- Dates or date range of the records
You may also fill out the Public Disclosure Request form (docx).
Send your request by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (206) 470-6868
- U.S. mail: Public Disclosure Officer
Seattle Public Utilities
P.O. Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124
For questions, call (206) 733-9836.
How we respond to the request
We will respond to your request within five business days of receiving the request with any of the following:
- Make records available for inspection or copying
- Acknowledge your request and provide a reasonable estimate of when records will be available
- Seek clarification of unclear requests
- Invoice you for the cost
- Deny your request with an explanation
We disclose records if they do not fall within specific exemptions in the law that prohibit disclosure.
What are the costs
Our Fee Schedule (pdf) shows the copying and material costs. We issue an invoice and require payment before you receive the records.
How we send the records
We can deliver the records to you, electronically or in hard copies, by U.S. mail, email, or pickup in person. You may also inspect the records at our office by appointment.