Public Records

How To Obtain Public Records

Procedures for obtaining public records from Chelan County offices and departments are published in Chapter 1.376 of the Chelan County Code.

Many records are also available online without the need to make a public records request. Please review the list of "Frequently Requested Records" to the right to see if the public record you are looking for can be obtained online.

For additional public records, please select the appropriate Chelan County office or department for contact information and/or information about submitting a public record request to that office or department:

For a public records request for the following departments click on the button below

  •  Board of Commissioners
  •  Community Development
  •  Fire Prevention and Investigation
  •  Flood Control Zone District
  •  Human Resources
  •  Natural Resources
  •  Noxious Weed
  •  Public Works
  •  Regional Jail

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For a public records request for the following departments click on their link below

Frequently Asked Questions

Any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics.  A request for information is not a valid public records request.

No. Once the County receives public records request, the request itself becomes a public record of the County. Someone else may make a public records request for that document and we will provide it.

Each record must be reviewed to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure. Most exemptions are listed in RCW 42.56.230 – 42.56.480. However, certain state and federal statutes outside the Public Records Act also provide exemptions from disclosure of prohibitions on disclosure of particular records. When the County denies a request for disclosure of a public record, the specific statutory exemption on which the denial is based must be identified, along with a brief explanation of how the exemption applies.

  • Via Public Records Portal
  • Available for inspection during normal business hours
  • Paper copies
  • Emailed (depending on size of file)

Chelan County charges for public records using the fee schedule authorized by RCW 42.56.120.  You can find our fee schedule under Chelan County Code Chapter 1.376.