What is the City's responsibility in responding to my records request?

The City of Yakima is committed to providing full access to public records in accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW Chapter 42.56). To request City of Yakima records, please utilize this online public records portal (NextRequest). It is preferred that requests be made through the online portal. In the alternative, requests for records can be emailed to public.records@yakimawa.gov, sent via U.S. mail (or made in person) to Office of the City Clerk, 129 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901. You may also reach the City Clerk’s office by phone at 509-575-6037.

Our agency is required to respond promptly to your request. Within five business days after receiving a request, we must either: 1. Provide the record(s); 2. Provide a link to the record(s); 3. Acknowledge your request and give you a reasonable estimate of how long it will take to respond; 4. Acknowledge your request and seek clarification to the greatest extent possible, and provide an estimate of time to respond if not clarified; or, 5. Deny the request in writing, with reasons for the denial (this could also include a denial of part of your request and granting of the remainder). We must tell you the specific exemption or other law we rely upon for the denial.

Use NextRequest to request copies of specific documents, electronic information, and data in the City of Yakima's databases. Please note that your request and any responsive records are a public record.

Just an FYI - the City of Yakima is not authorized to provide public records consisting of a list of individuals for commercial use.

For more information on the Public Records Act, check out these resources:

Who should I contact if I have questions?

The City Clerks office acts as the coordinator for our public records requests; you can email them at Public.Records@yakimawa.gov or by calling 509-575-6000.