Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 2019 NO. 3 > Aug 1 2019

A request for access to an alphabetical listing of personal property owners constitutes a request for a list of individuals which must be denied under RCW 42.56.070(8) if the request is for a commercial purpose. In addition, RCW 42.56.080 requires a county assessor in appropriate circumstances to investigate whether a list of personal property owners is requested for a commercial purpose, which may include investigating whether a request for a list of real property is in fact a request for a list of individuals for a commercial purpose