The City responds to requests for public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The purpose of the Act is to provide the public access to records that contain information concerning the conduct of government, mindful of individual's privacy rights and the desirability of the efficient administration of government.

It is the City's policy to provide the public full access to public records with fullest assistance and most timely possible action on requests, while still fulfilling other legal requirements.

Frequently requested records

Frequently requested records available through this website:

Public Records Requests 

If the City of Shoreline records you are seeking are not available through this website, please submit a Public Records Request.

Within five (5) business days of receipt of the request, not including the day the request was received, the City will do one or more of the following:

  1. Make the records available for inspection or copying;
  2. Provide a link to the City's web page where the requested records are posted;
  3. Provide a reasonable estimate of the time it will take to make the record(s) available in whole or in part through installments;
  4. If the request is partially or entirely unclear, request clarification and provide a reasonable estimate of the time it will take to respond to the request if it is not clarified; or
  5. Deny the request (citing the legal exemption with explanation of how the exemption applies to the request).

If the request is denied, the City will respond in writing, cite the legal exemption, and explain how the exemption applies to the request.

There is a $.15 per page copying/scanning charge, and a $.62 per minute charge for copying electronic records per the City's adopted fee schedule.

Please note that records requests for certain other records should be directed the following agencies:

Building and Construction Permit Records prior to 1995

If you are searching for a permit issued prior to the City’s incorporation in August 1995, you will need to contact King County or use their online search tool. Public Records Requests for these records should be submitted to King County by following instructions found at:

Shoreline Police Records

The City of Shoreline is responsible for providing law enforcement within its jurisdiction and contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office to provide these services. Public Records Requests for Shoreline Police records should be submitted to the King County Sheriff’s Office by following instructions found at:

Shoreline Fire Department Records

The Shoreline Fire Department (originally formed as King County Fire District No. 4) has served the community since 1939. Public Records Requests for Shoreline Fire Department records should be submitted to the Shoreline Fire Department by following the instructions found at: