Request Public Records
Any person requesting a public record is encouraged to make the request by filling out the Public Records Request form.
Requests should be made to the Public Records Officer (PRO) and should include the following information:
- Name of Person Making Request
- Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
- Telephone Number
- Email Address
- Description of Public Records Request
- Type of Request (paper, electronic, or onsite inspection)
General Availability of Records
Public records will be available for inspection during THA’s customary business hours. Records must be inspected at the 902 South L. Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 office of THA.
Upon request for identifiable public records, THA will make records promptly available to any person including, if applicable, on a partial or installment basis as records that are part of a larger set of requested records are assembled or made ready for inspection or disclosure. THA will not deny any request for identifiable public records solely on the basis that the request is overbroad.
If a requestor has not made arrangements to review or claim records within thirty (30) days of notice that the records are available, the PRO may close the request.
Records Exempt from Disclosure
Although documents that perpetuate, communicate, or formalize knowledge are public records, the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) and other statutes list types of public documents exempt from public viewing and copying. If only part of a record is exempt, the PRO will redact the exempt portions before providing the document. THA will not disclose lists of individuals for commercial purposes.
Cost for Providing Public Records
THA does not charge for the staff time spent in locating a public record or for making a record available for inspection. The law allows THA to charge for the actual costs connected with copying public records, inlcuding the staff time spent making copies.
If an installment of a records request is not paid for or reviewed within (30) thirty days after THA provides notice of availability of the installment, THA is not obligated to fulfill the balance of the request. In addition, because THA is prohibited from lending its credit, a requestor must prepay the estimated copy cost for any copies that must be made by an outside vendor.
|Photocopies or printed electronic copies
|Records scanned into electronic format
|Records uploaded to email, cloud storage service, or other electronic delivery system
|5 cents for every four electronic files
|Records transmitted in electronic format or for use of agency equipment to send records electronically
|Digital storage media or device (e.g., USB, CD, DVD)
|Any container or envelope used to mail copies
|Postage or delivery charges
|Customized service if THA estimates that the request would require the use of information technology expertise to prepare data compilations, or provide customized electronic access services when such compilations and customized access services are not used by THA for other agency purposes. THA will not assess a customized service charge unless it has notified the requestor of the charge to be applied to the request, including an explanation of why the customized service charge applies, a description of the specific expertise, and a reasonable estimate of the charge.