Chapter 173-03 WAC

On November 15, 2017 the Department of Ecology adopted amendments to Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records. The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records.

Rulemaking timeline


Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Feb. 28, 2017

Announcement documents

Emergency Rulemaking - filed 7/20/17

Rule development phase

February 28, 2016 - Fall 2017

Rule proposal phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Sept. 15, 2017

Rule proposal documents:

Comment period

Formal comments on this rulemaking were due by October 31, 2017.

Mail to:
Linda Anderson
Department of Ecology
PO BOX 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600 

Online: Online form

Any information (e.g., personal or contact) you provide on this comment form or in an attachment may be publicly disclosed and is posted on the Internet.

Please submit comments online, by mail or at the Public Hearing (see below).

Public Hearing: Participate in person or via Webinar
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 1PM
Location: Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, WA  98503

Ecology is also offered this hearing via webinar.  Webinars are an online meeting forum that you can attend from any computer using internet access. 

Ecology accepted comments at the Lacey location and through the webinar. 

Assistance with disabilities:

Contact: Hanna Waterstrat by October 17, 2017
Phone: 360-407-7668 (voice)
TTY: 877-833-6341 or 711 relay service   

Rule adoption phase (CR-103)

Adoption date:
Nov. 15, 2017

Rule effective date:
Dec. 16, 2017

Rule implementation information:

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To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at, or call 360-407-6831. People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.