Public Records

Public Records

AN IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTERS DURING STATE FURLOUGHS
Thank you for contacting the Labor & Industries (L&I) Public Records Unit. We regret to inform you L&I offices will be closed on the following days due to the State furlough:

  • Thursday, July 2 (Friday is a holiday)
  • Friday, July 10
  • Friday, July 17
  • Friday July 24

We are not able to process or respond to public records requests on the days the office is closed. Starting June 29, 2020 through July 24, 2020, the Public Records Unit business days and hours will be 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, not including legal holidays.

We anticipate processing times will be delayed with furlough closures and complying with the Governor’s "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" emergency order. L&I also complies with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28.

This posting provides public records requesters notification that additional time will be needed to process current and new records requests. New public records requests that are submitted during the time the office is closed will be designated as received on the next day the office reopens.

This notice also serves as the initial 5 business day acknowledgment under RCW 42.56.520 for requests received when the office is closed.

Please be patient as reduced hours, access to systems, facilities, hardcopy records, mail, and technology may delay the processing of public records requests and production of records.

File a public records request

Submit a public records request online.

To help us locate the records you need, please provide as much information as possible, such as:

  • Your contact information
  • Details about the records you are requesting:
    • Subject name (person, business)
    • Citation/Infraction/Case number
    • Type of incident (safety inspection, audit, citation, wage investigation)
    • Date of incident
    • Timeframe of records
    • UBI number
    • Account ID number
  • Is the case in or potentially in appeal or litigation? If yes, please check the appeal/litigation box so we can properly process your request.
  • Are you requesting records on behalf of someone else? You will need their authorization for us to release their records.
  • Attorneys only: Washington State Bar Association number and stating in request what party you represent.

Other ways to submit a request

Find L&I public data and records online

Help us, help you — tips for requests

  • Make your request in writing, or submit your request online.
  • Identify that you are making a public record request.
  • Indicate if you are or may be in the appeal or litigation process.
  • Unsure what to ask for? Contact Public Records at 360-902-5556. We are more than happy to have a conversation with you about what records may be most helpful and where would be the best place to start.
  • Reference the public records number assigned to your request if you have questions regarding your request.
  • Notify the agency if you are no longer interested in additional records or a certain type of records.
  • If you have questions or concerns about the processing of your records request, please let us know.
  • Do not combine a public records request with other correspondence or other requests for assistance.
  • Look at the agency’s website prior to submitting a request. Your records may be available online.

Appeal or litigation?

  • Check the appeal/litigation box if you are requesting records because you are or are thinking of appealing an agency action or in litigation. We will properly process your request if you identify that you are in appeal or litigation.
  • Promptly submit your request online if you are appealing or in litigation.

Public records fees

For L&I’s public records fee schedule, see WAC 296-06-120.

Payments can be made online at Pay A Balance Due

Please note that fees will be waived when:

  • The requestor or their representative requests a copy of their own individual case file, or
  • An employer or its representative requests a copy of the case file for an employee/claimant.
  • These files include, but are not limited to:
    • Employer audit
    • Safety and health inspection file
    • Wage and hour investigation file
    • Construction compliance investigation file
    • Provider investigation file and no other records

Laws and rules

Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) is Washington's basic law regarding inspection and copyright of public records. The law also lists specific exemptions and limitations related to the records.

L&I Public Records Rules (WAC 296-06)

Public record rule updates

There is currently no rulemaking in process.

Contact Public Disclosure

Mailing address

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Public Records Unit
PO Box 44632
Olympia WA 98504-4632