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Bring a reusable bag or basket you already own, or avoid a bag altogether on small purchases like a single item. Obtain free reusable bags that are often given out by businesses and community organizations at special events as promotional items.Residents participating in supplemental food programs are exempt.
For more information, view Building Permit Exemptions Bulletin BB-11
A building permit is required to install a new roof, install new windows and replace siding on any commercial, multi-family, public and/or residential single family house or storage shed. However, if the building is exempt from permit requirements to construct, then a permit is not required for re-roof, window replacement and/or siding replacement.
A garage may be allowed to be converted to a bedroom or habitable living space but there are more code requirements than a basement conversion. A permit is required for a garage conversion prior to commencing any work and a thorough plan review and inspections are required to ensure all code requirements are met. Please contact the Community Development Department to determine if the work can be permitted and to obtain the permitting requirements prior to commencing work.
Windows, Doors, Siding and Re-RoofMost of these types of permits can be issued the same day over the counter. However, if the project is located in a critical area or structural changes or repair are needed, then the permit cannot be issued the same day over the counter.
New Single Family Residence, Garage, ShopA permit for a new house, garage or shop takes approximately 3 weeks to review and issue. All new construction permits must be routed to Public Works, Energy Services, Planning and the Fire Marshal for review and approval.
Commercial, Multi-Family and PublicThere is no definitive time that can be established for review and approval for either new commercial, multi-family or public buildings. These types of structures usually require much more time for review due to the complexity of the structure and the site infrastructure. A Pre-Application meeting is required for these structures and staff may be able to provide an approximate review time at this meeting.
Commercial Tenant ImprovementSimple tenant improvement permits, that only involve interior work, can usually be issued in 1 week. However, if water, electrical or gas meters will be modified or location change the permit may take longer to issue. Tenant improvement permits that involve additions and/or exterior work will require more review time and no definitive review time can be provided, each project will require the time necessary for a complete review.
Public Notices can be view on the City's SMARTGov Online Permit Center
For questions regarding a particular Notice, please call the Planning Department at (509) 962-7231.
The Comprehensive Plan serves as the basis for the City's adoption of development regulations such as zoning and subdivision standards. The Appendix provides the most current capital improvement programs.
Council reviews all proposed amendments at the first regular meeting in July and dockets those proposals deemed ready for consideration. The docketed proposals are then forwarded to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation and City Council will then hold a public hearing and take final action beginning in October. Visit the Long Range Community Planning website for more information.
Through annexation, the City of Ellensburg pursues the long-term financial health of the City by expanding the City’s existing tax base, while providing additional land for future residential, commercial and industrial development that allows the City of Ellensburg to focus infrastructure and resources on areas that can be annexed successfully and cooperatively. Proposed Annexation properties must be located in an adopted Urban Growth Area (UGA), must be contiguous to the City of Ellensburg, and must be designated in the City’s Comprehensive Plan as a potential annexation area.
Annexation MethodsCities in the State of Washington are given a number of tools to annex unincorporated areas. A brief description of possible annexation methods is outlined in Planning Bulletin PB-35. For a more detailed description of all annexation methods please refer to the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington’s Annexation Handbook. Of the available annexation methods, the City of Ellensburg has most often used the Direct Petition method. The direct petition method of annexation requires that a minimum of 10% of the property owners (calculated by assessed value) sign petitions to initiate the annexation process. Upon successful initiation the requested annexation is forwarded to the City Council for an official initiation action. Once successfully initiated by the City Council, a minimum of 60% of the property owners within the annexation area (calculated by assessed value) must sign the petition, PF-02 Petition For Annexation Form.
Urban growth areas are to include enough land to accommodate the twenty-year population growth projected for the City or Town. The Growth Management Act limits the land that a city may annex to land within its urban growth area.
Connection fees over $5,000 will be charged to the applicant.
Monthly service fees are 300Mbps $39.95/month per business 1 Gbps $59.99/month per business
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The information needed to set up a utility account includes the following:
If you are a new utility customer you will be asked to set up a PIN. If you're a current City of Ellensburg utility customer, you will want to create a 4-digit PIN. In doing so, you increase security on your account for those occasions when you wish to speak with a City of Ellensburg Utility Customer Service Representative. For existing customers, you can create/edit you PIN using a secure online application at https://fs19.formsite.com/reichm/form9/index.html
Candidates seeking an entry-level or lateral police officer position first test through Public Safety Testing. Check their website for information and upcoming test dates or call (866) HIRE-911.
Candidates for positions at the Police Department are selected from the Public Safety Testing eligibility list.
Players who cannot locate a team can place their name on the “Player Interest List” which may be used to place players on existing teams and/or form additional teams. Adult Softball League Website
The User Fee for 2017 is $40, which includes all daily activities. Some programs and trips may require an additional fee for supplies. If you are unable to pay the User Fee, please speak with Katrina Douglas, Adult Activity Center Coordinator.
You can register and submit your registration form online at https://fs19.formsite.com/reichm/form11/index.html or stop by our office at 506 S. Pine Street. We accept cash or checks (payable to the Adult Activity Center) for the annual participation fee.
For more information on our daily activities view the quarterly brochure or call (509) 962-7242 .
In order to avoid a late fee of $25 all payments must be made (or postmarked if mailed) within 15 days from the date of issuance.
Contact the City Arborist at (509) 962-7236.