You may submit requests via the following methods:
The quickest way to submit your request is online. To do so, please complete the online submission form.
E-Mail, Fax, or Mail
Complete this form to submit your request via e-mail, fax, or physical mail.
Alternatively, you may or provide the following information in place of using the form:
You may request any public record maintained by the City in existence at the time of your request. For Police, Fire & EMS, or Water & Sewer records, please see the “How do I request Police, Fire & EMS, or Water & Sewer Records?” FAQ below.
You may request records such as housing permits and plans, meeting minutes, e-mails, and any other record relating to the conduct of government or the performance of a governmental function which is prepared or retained by the City. The record may be in a variety of forms such as physical or digital writing, pictures, recordings, etc.
The City of Sammamish provides access to public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). Anyone may request records maintained by the City but some content may be exempt and withheld (e.g. bank account numbers, attorney-client privileged communications, etc.). For more information on this, please view the “What is an Exemption or Redaction?” FAQ.
Sammamish contracts its Police, Fire & EMS, and Water & Sewer services. To obtain these records, please submit a request to the following:
Police: King County Sheriff's Office
Fire and Emergency Medical: Eastside Fire & Rescue
Water and Sewer: Sammamish is serviced by two water/sewer companies:
Below are online resources where records or commonly requested information are located. If you do not find the record you are looking for, please submit a public records request.
Permits & Planning
The City will respond to your request within five (5) business days in the following ways:
To more fairly address the volume of requests the City receives and to be more transparent about their processing, requests are categorized into one of four groups according to the nature, volume, and availability of the requested records as well as the complexity of the request. Please see
PRA Rules 050 and 060 for additional information.
To change your request’s assigned category and reduce the time it may take to receive your requested records, you may contact the City Clerk’s Office to provide additional information to assist in locating your requested records or narrow your search to return fewer records.
You will receive an expected completion date from the staff member fulfilling your request. This date is primarily based upon the complexity of your request, the current backlog of requests submitted prior to yours, and scheduling additional staff necessary to assist in locating the records. The more complex your request, the longer it will take staff to locate all responsive records.
Depending on the nature, volume, and availability of the requested records as well as the complexity of the request, it will be assigned a category. Each category has an estimated range of time in which it may be fulfilled.
You may check the status of your request by viewing the Public Records Request Log. Should you have additional questions, you may e-mail the City Clerk’s Office at PRR@Sammamish.us or call 425-295-0511. To expedite the response, please have available the 4-digit request ID that was provided via email upon submitting your request.
An exemption refers to content within a public record, or possibly the entire record itself, which is protected by law and will not be disclosed. This protected content will be redacted, or blacked out, from the record. If the entire record is exempt, it will not be provided at all. In either case, the reason for the exemption will be provided along with the portion of law allowing its exemption.
See WAC 458-276-045, RCW 42.56, and Appendix C of the MRSC Public Records Act guide for additional information.
No. Once the City receives a public records request, it becomes a public record. It is immediately available to the public on our Public Records Request Status webpage.
No. The City of Sammamish provides access to existing public records in its possession. It is not required to collect information or organize data to create a record not existing at the time of the request.
No. The City of Sammamish provides access to existing public records in its possession at the time of the request. It is not required to provide records created after the request has been submitted. You are welcome to submit a new public records request in the future.
No. The City of Sammamish intersection cameras do not record. Video is not available for collision investigations or for contesting citations.
The City is not allowed to provide lists of individuals for commercial purposes per RCW 42.56.070(8).
There is no charge for requesting or inspecting a public record. However, fees may be charged for the following at your request:
Please view the Sammamish Public Records Act Rules.
The City Clerk is the local official who administers democratic processes such as access to city records and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The Sammamish City Clerk is the City’s Public Records Officer. It is the role of this office to assure the City is in compliance with the Public Records Act and the City's Public Records Act Rules. The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes, manages public inquiries and relationships, and arranges for ceremonial and official functions.