Request Process & Fees

Response Time

Upon receiving a request for records, the city will respond within 5 business days by 1 of the following ways:

  1. Providing the record
  2. Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the city will need to respond to the request;
  3. Denying the records request

Additional time may be required to respond to a request because of the need to:

  • Seek clarification
  • Locate and assemble the information requested
  • Notify 3rd parties or agencies affected by the request
  • Determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request (RCW 42.56.520)

Available for Review

Once the records have been assembled, you will be notified that the records are available for your review. Copies of records can be requested after the review is completed, or you may request to have copies made without conducting a review of the files.

Public Record Policies

Full details of the city's public records policy can be found in Bremerton Municipal Code, Chapter 1.06 and Public Records Act Rules (PDF). Please contact the Public Records Officer with any questions.

Record Copies

50 copies are provided free of charge. A fee of 15 cents per page (or per side for 2-sided copies) is charged for letter and legal size copies of documents after the initial 50 free copies. This pertains to electronic records, also. Copy charges for non-standard pages or other media can be found in the chart below, or in the Bremerton Municipal Code, Chapter 3.01 Rates and Fees.

Fees include scanning to electronic format. In addition to the below fees, each department may establish fees for records that do not fall into 1 of the following categories.

Document Reproduction
Per Page - (8.5 by 11, 8.5 by 14, or 11 by 17 inches)
$.15 per page (No fee for the 1st 50 pages)
Video Reproduction
See Rate Tables A (PDF)
Certification $5
Color GIS Plotted Maps
$5 per square foot
Medical Records
Fees shall be pursuant to RCQ 70.02.010 (12)
Budget (Hard Copy)
Budget (Electronic Copy)
Annual Report (Hard Copy)
Electronic Version (Soft Copy)


Exemptions to the Washington State Public Records Act can be found in the Municipal Research Services Center's (MRSC) publication. View the Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties and Special Purpose Districts (PDF) for more information.