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Cowlitz County responds to requests for access to public records in accordance with the Public Records Act. Information about public records can be found out at RCW 42.56 and WAC 44-14. View the Cowlitz County public records policies and procedures.
When making your request please be as specific as possible so we can conduct a thorough and accurate search.
1) Determine which department(s) you need to submit your request to.
DESCRIPTION OF DEPARTMENTS AND COMMONLY REQUESTED RECORDS
2) Submit your request(s) online to each independent department you are seeking records from.
Cowlitz County offers an online Public Records Request Portal to submit your request. Through the portal, customers have the ability to create an account, submit requests, review FAQ’s, download records, monitor the status of their current/previously submitted request(s), and communicate with county public records representatives. Review the commonly requested records prior to submitting a public records request.
SUBMIT A PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST THROUGH THE PORTAL.
Written requests: To submit a request in writing complete the Request for Public Records form and send the form to the Public Records Coordinator of the department where the record was created and maintained. Please submit a separate request to each independent department you are seeking records from.
Request for Public Records Form
Public Records Coordinators
Within five business days of receipt of the request the county will either: (1) provide the record(s); OR (2) acknowledge the request and provide a reasonable time estimate for the response; OR (3) deny the request. The County will charge a fee of $0.15 per copy plus the cost of mailing. Payment may be required before copying or mailing.
District Court Records Request: Click HERE to request district court records online.
Superior Court County Clerk Online Request Form: Click HERE to request court records online. Reasonable charges may apply. For Clerk's Office records regarding office administration, please contact the Clerk's Office at 360-577-3016 or email@example.com.
Court Records: Court records are not available online through the portal. Pursuant to WAC 44-14-01001, Court records are not subject to this Act. Access to these records is governed by court rules and common law. Most of these court records are open to the public and easily accessible through the Clerk’s Office.
Cowlitz 911 Records: 911 Records are not available on the portal. Please direct all request for such records to their office directly using the link provided below. For further information, please contact Cowlitz 911 Public Records Coordinator at (360) 414-5510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowlitz 911 Records Request Link: https://cowlitz911.org/public-records-request
Click HERE for Cowlitz County Formal Public Meeting Records
Click HERE for Cowlitz County Weekly Business Meeting Records
Click HERE for Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners Public Records
Click HERE for Cowlitz County Resolutions
Click HERE for Cowlitz County Contracts