General Information:

Island County government is organized into separate departments and offices of independently elected officials. Each department and office is a "local agency" responsible for its own records under the definition in RCW 42.17.020(1). Although there is no central office with access and and responsibility to maintain and control all records, requests for general information may be directed to the Island County Records and Information Program Manager, Elizabeth Fairfax whose contact information is also on the linked contact list below. The separate departments and offices are listed on the chart entitled Public Records Disclosure Contacts

Requesting inspection or copies of records

You can make any request you have for public records by writing to the specific office's public records officer identified below. The request should identify the particular record desired with enough specificity so it can be located. Individual county departments may have specific public record request forms available. Here is one you may use after printing or to cut and paste into an e-mail: Request for Records


Copies of records shall be made at the costs indicated in BOICC Resolution No. C-33-96.

Record Index

By Resolution C-01-95, the Board of County Commissioners and the other independently elected county officials determined that an index of records would not be required as allowed by RCW 42.17.260(4).

Island County Code:

Substantive and procedural ordinances and resolutions of a permanent nature adopted by the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Health are compiled in the official Island County Code available for inspection and copying in the County Law Library located on the second floor of the Law and Justice Center. An on-line version of the Island County Code is available on the Internet as a hyperlink from either the Island County Government web page, or here:

Because the on-line version of the code is updated once a quarter, you may need to inspect the records in the following location to ensure that the provision you are looking for is current. Printed versions of the code may be updated only once per year depending on the source.

Other County policy documents and newly adopted ordinances:

All ordinances, resolutions, and other records of documents adopted by the Board of County Commissioners are available in the Board's record of proceedings available for inspection at the Island County Auditor's Office, Administration Building, 1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville, WA.

Certified copies must be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Island County Commissioners at the same address. The office of the Clerk of the Board is located on the second floor of the Administration Building.

Mailed requests for county records should be sent to:

(Enter Department Name)
Public Records Officer
P.O. Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

(This web page was last edited 13 June 2014)