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Public Records

City of Bellingham elected officials and staff are proud to work in Washington State, where for decades aggressive "sunshine laws" have preserved an essential democratic principle: the people's right to know.

This principle is respected in daily operations throughout the city government. Employees at all levels meet the legal requirements of the law to provide people with access to city government records.

One of the many ways we ensure city government remains open and accessible is by providing access to city databases on our website. You will find a wealth of information including:

To access additional public records, complete the online request form.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the City may not have received Public Records Act requests that were submitted using the online request form above between June 20, 2017 and July 5, 2017. The problem has since been fixed. If you submitted an online request during that timeframe, please re-submit your request online or contact the City’s Public Records Officer for assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience.