Public Records Requests

As the Public Record’s team and WDFW staff navigate the challenges resulting from COVID-19, we appreciate your patience while we respond to your public records request.  You may temporarily experience longer than usual wait times for records in response to your request.   

Notice about Public Records Requests during the COVID-19 response

Governor’s Proclamation 20-28

Agencies must still respond to PRA requests during the COVID-19 disease outbreak. 

  • However, the proclamation temporarily suspends PRA language requiring agencies to provide an ability for the public to conduct PRA business at an agency office, in-person, such as in-person inspection of records or in-person submission of PRA requests.
  • The proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA requirement that agency offices must be open for public inspection and copying of public records for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  Agencies must still have their hours posted on their websites.

You may make a public records request to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) by using one of the following options: 

  • Fill out a Public Records Request form: PDF | MS Word
    Note: Adobe Reader does not save data entered in a PDF form.
  • Email your request to: PublicDisclosureRequest@dfw.wa.gov
  • Mail your request to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
WDFW Public Records Officer 
PO Box 43200 MS# 43146
Olympia, WA 98504-3200

In your request, please identify and describe in detail the records you are requesting. Please include the subject matter, date range and types of records requested, when possible. 

RCW 42.56.070(8) prohibits the release of lists of individuals for commercial purposes. If you are requesting a list of individuals, you must complete the WDFW Public Records Request form and sign the declaration of non-commercial purpose. The request will be reviewed for compliance. 

Fees

Agencies may charge fees to recover costs of making and providing copies of records when fulling requests (RCW 42.56.120). Waiver of fees is at the discretion of the Public Records Officer.

Response

You will receive a response within five business days, or as soon as possible in accordance with Proclamation 20-28. We will respond in one of several ways:

  • Provide the records.
  • Request clarification.
  • If the documents are not readily available, we will provide a reasonable estimate of time it will take us to produce the records.
  • For some large requests, we may have to produce the records on a partial or installment basis. We will also provide the estimated timeframes for each incremental delivery as we work through your request.
  • When legal exemptions apply, we may deny the request in whole or in part, either by withholding the requested records or redacting the documents, including an explanation of the denial.
  • Commonly used exemptions

For more general information about Public Records Requests: