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Public Records

To submit a public records request, use the Records Center.

San Juan County Public Records Procedures can be found in the County Code Chapter 2.108 on the County’s website: San Juan County Code 2.108

Request for court records as defined in GR 31 should be made to the County Clerk for superior court records and to the District Court Administrator for district court records.

Requests for court administrative records as defined in GR 31.1 should be directed to the Superior Court Public Records Officer for superior court administrative records and the District Court Public Records Officer for district court administrative records.

Click here for the public records request form.

The Public Records Office for San Juan County is:
Mr. Jamie Stephens
55 Second Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360 370-7475
Mailing address:
San Juan County Public Records
350 Court Street #5
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Mr. Jamie Stephens is assisted by the public Records Clerk
Ms. Sally Rogers
55 Second Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360 370- 7410

The Public Records Officer will make records available for inspection and copying by appointment during normal business hours, excluding legal holidays. Many public records are currently available on the County's web site at no cost. Examples include parcel property searches, recorded documents, building and land permit records, septic permit records, budget, Council meetings, ordinances, resolutions, Home Rule Charter, County Code and many other records.

Public Records Act - Exemptions from Disclosure

The Public Records Act provides that a number of types of documents and/or parts of documents are exempt from public inspection and copying. A list of exemption and prohibition statutes not listed in Chapter 42.56 RCW can be found here

Standards for Providing Records and the Associated Cost

Effective November 17, 2015
Visually inspect records in person at the Public Records Office, or County Office by appointment, no cost.
Payment in cash, check, or money order only. Checks are to be made payable to San Juan County Treasurer:

  • Paper copies on 11 X 17 or smaller: $0.15 per page
  • Postage and shipping: Actual cost
  • Flash drives: Actual cost
  • Other media such as oversized documents, audio and photos: actual cost

Pursuant to RCW 42.56.120, large requests may require a deposit of up to ten percent of the estimated cost of an entire request before copying records.

Any request for copies more than 100 pages of records, oversized documents, photographs, audio recordings and computer disks may be sent to a private vendor for copying, in which case the fee shall be the actual charge imposed for copying, plus applicable taxes and shipping costs. All charges must be paid in advance of the release of the copies.