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WAC 182-04-029

Inspection of public records.

(1) All of the agency's public records are available for inspection and copying unless they are exempt from disclosure by chapter 42.56, 70.02 RCW, or other applicable law.
(2) People may inspect public records with an agency employee present at the agency's offices between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. during business days as defined in WAC 182-04-025 (2)(a). Records are not available for inspection if the agency is closed during a business day for reasons such as inclement weather or emergencies.
(3) During inspection, public records must:
(a) Not be removed from the agency's offices.
(b) Not be marked, torn, or otherwise damaged.
(c) Be kept as they are filed or in a chronological manner.
(d) Not be taken apart except for copying by an agency employee.
(4) The agency restricts access to file cabinets and other places where public records are kept.
(5) The agency reserves the right to restrict access to public records if the agency determines it is necessary to preserve the integrity of the public records or prevent interference with the agency's essential business functions. This does not limit the agency's duty to provide public records to the requestor. If the agency restricts access to requested public records, the agency promptly provides the requestor with:
(a) Written notice of the restriction, including the reason for restricting access; and
(b) Copies of the restricted records at no charge.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and 2017 c 304. WSR 18-07-067, § 182-04-029, filed 3/16/18, effective 4/16/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 42.56.040, and 70.02.050. WSR 10-18-051 (Order 10-01), § 182-04-029, filed 8/27/10, effective 9/27/10.]
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