Obtaining a public record from Multnomah County

Under Oregon’s Public Records law (ORS 192), individuals, organizations, agencies, and businesses may request that Multnomah County provide copies or access to written documents and materials. The request must:

  • Be in writing.
  • Include contact information.
  • Clearly state what records are sought.

Please be advised there may be a fee to cover staff time researching and retrieving the documents. You will be notified of any estimated fee and cost in advance. Payment is required before the County will produce the records. The fee may be reduced or waived if it is determined it is in the interest of the public.

Contact the department representative listed below

All Media

Multnomah County Chair

Board of County Commissioners

Department of Community Justice

Department of Community Services

Animal Services


Land Use Planning


Special Districts: Dunthorpe-Riverdale Sanitary Sewer District and Mid-County Lighting District

Department of County Assets

Department of County Management

Assessment, Recording & Taxation

Budget Office


Human Resources and Payroll


Government Relations

Department of County Human Services

Medical Examiner's Office

Health Department

Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office


For requests from vendors related to the 2020 Library Capital bond:

District Attorney


Emergency Management

Office of Diversity and Equity, Office of Sustainability

Joint Office of Homeless Services

Mailing your request

Public Record Request Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97214

Before you put together your request

Locating Records

  • Confirm that the records you want are located at Multnomah County
  • Check to see if the records are available online

Retention Schedules

  • Find out the typical records a county program has, and how long those records are maintained.
  • This will help you target your requests, and know what is available to be requested.

Looking to report suspected fraud, abuse of position, or misuse of county resources? Submit a report to the County Auditor's Good Government Hotline.