City of Ellensburg
501 N Anderson Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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Download the Claim for Damages Form and Instructions Claims for damages against the City must be filed with, or mailed to, the City Clerk within the applicable statute of limitations. A claim form can also be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (509) 925-8614 or in person at 501 N. Anderson St., Ellensburg, WA 98926.
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.
There are two ways to schedule Building and/or Land Use Permit inspections in the City of Ellensburg:
1- Telephone Inspection Request LineCall the Inspection Request Line at (509) 962-7142. Inspections must be scheduled by 4:00 pm the day prior to get an inspection for the following day. The inspection request line is cleared at 4:00 pm; if requests are made after 4:00 pm then they will occur two business days out, unless a different day is requested.
2- SMARTGov On-Line Permit CenterInspections can be scheduled by using the City of Ellensburg’s online SMARTGov web-based permitting software program. The SMARTGov website allows permit customers to view detailed permit information, schedule inspections and review the approval process of their permit application.Inspections must be scheduled by 4:00 pm for a next day inspection. Inspections scheduled before 4:00 PM the day prior will get an inspection for the following day. If requests are made after 4:00 pm then they will occur two business days out, unless a different day is requested.
SMARTGov On-Line Permit Center
If so, there is a new statewide Clean Building Performance Standard (Standard) that may apply to a building you own. The Standard is mandatory for all covered commercial buildings located in the state of Washington, starting in 2026. A covered commercial building is a building where the sum of nonresidential, hotel, motel and dormitory floor areas exceed 50,000 gross square feet, excluding the parking garage area. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) will be posting compliance requirements and a full list of possible covered commercial buildings on the Clean Buildings webpage, available beginning July 1, 2021. The list was generated using records obtained from each county assessor and other available information sources. Commerce will also be mailing notification letters to building owners after quality assurance checks on the list are complete.
The Early Adopter Incentive Program also launches on July 1, 2021. The program provides financial incentives to encourage early compliance with the Standard. A form will be available on the webpage on the day of the launch for building owners to communicate their intent to apply. Incentive funds are limited to $75 million. For more information about this program and the qualifications for applying, please visit the Clean Buildings Early Adopter Incentive Program webpage.
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.
Over the counter Mechanical and Plumbing Permits Most mechanical and plumbing permits for work such as replacing or adding a furnace, air conditioner, water heater, toilet, shower, etc. can be issued over the counter and take approximately 30 minutes. Windows, Doors, Siding and Re-Roof Most 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, Shop A permit for a new house, garage or shop takes approximately 5-6 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 Public There 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 Improvement Simple 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.
The Growth Management Act allows for comprehensive plan amendments only one time per year and City Council has established a process for that yearly amendment review. Amendments may be proposed by any member of the public; including any member of a City Board or Commission, any member of City Council, or City staff. Proposals must be submitted by March 31st of the current year for possible consideration during that year’s review process. 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.
The City of Ellensburg has several designated ‘critical areas’. The city shall regulate all uses, activities, and developments within, adjacent to, or likely to affect, one or more critical areas, consistent with the best available science and the provisions herein. Critical areas regulated by ECC Chapter 15.600 include wetlands, frequently flooded areas, critical aquifer recharge areas, geologically hazardous areas, and fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas. Please contact Community Development prior to any clearing next to a stream.
Refer to Table 15.320.030 Form and intensity standards table – Residential zones and 15.320.040 Form and intensity standards – Nonresidential zones for setback requirements.
If your business is located downtown in the Downtown Historic District, please contact the Historic Preservation planner, Stacey Henderson (509) 925-8608, before any changes have been made to your structure.
The EBDA Airport Building is a light industrial space, home to up to seven businesses. The building has 9,000 SF usable space broken into 4 bays, full service utilities (cable, phone, high speed internet, water/sewer, 3 phase electric and natural gas). For more information contact CenterFuse.
Ellensburg requires all businesses to be licensed with the city if they are:
Ellensburg general business license – every person engaging in business in the City of Ellensburg is required to obtain a business license. Engaging in business means commencing, conducting, or continuing in any business, and also the exercise of corporate or franchise powers, as well as liquidating a business when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business.
Ellensburg general business (non-resident) license – businesses located outside the City of Ellensburg that engage in any business activity inside the City limits.
Ellensburg home occupation business license – any activity undertaken for gain or profit that results in a product or service and is carried on in a dwelling, or building accessory to a dwelling inside the City limits requires an Ellensburg home occupation business license.
Home occupations will also need a Home Occupation Permit through the City of Ellensburg Community Development Department. See Ellensburg City Code 15.340.020 for applicable standards.
However, if the proposed activity consists entirely of office procedures and tasks in support of a particular business, and involves no customer or delivery traffic in conjunction with the business, such activity shall be considered an accessory residential use and shall instead require a General Business License.
Ellensburg temporary business license – includes any person who engages in business for less than 90 consecutive days within any 12-month period selling and delivering goods, wares and merchandise and who in furtherance of such purpose hires, leases or occupies any building, structure, parking lot or area, motor vehicle, tent, railroad boxcar, public room in hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, shops, or other fixed location for the exhibition and sale of such goods, wares, and merchandise.
Ellensburg temporary business licenses are applied for through the City of Ellensburg Finance Department, not through the State’s MyDOR system.
License fee is determined by number of employees (see Ellensburg City Code 6.54.120).
See Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions
State of Washington
Other fees that may apply
*Nonprofit businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they submit a copy of the business’ IRS 501(c) certificate with their application and are exempt from the city fees.
**Home occupations shall be permitted in accordance with the use tables in Ellensburg City Code 15.310.040 subject to criteria in Ellensburg City Code 15.340.020. Home Occupations will need a Home Occupation Permit that is applied for and paid through the City of Ellensburg Community Development Department.
Some businesses may be exempt from getting a city business license. For more information, please contact the City Clerk directly at 509-925-8614.
With the exception of Ellensburg temporary business licenses which are applied for through the City of Ellensburg Finance Department, apply for ALL other City of Ellensburg business licenses using one of the following options:
If you do not have an existing business
If you have an existing business
You can pay using an E–check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).
Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.
Mail your completed application, supplemental forms, and a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:
State of WashingtonBusiness Licensing ServicePO Box 9034Olympia, WA 98507-9034
STATE OF WASHINGTON
P.O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
MY DOR AND SECURE ACCESS WASHINGTON QUESTIONS
CITY OF ELLENSBURG
501 North Anderson Street
GENERAL BUSINESS LICENSE QUESTIONS
Ellensburg Finance Department
Email City Clerk
CITY OF ELLENSBURG HOME OCCUPATION PERMIT AND
Ellensburg Community Development Department
Email Community Development
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.
Cards are free for residents of Kittitas County except for residents of the City of South Cle Elum. If you are in the city limits of Roslyn, Cle Elum or Kittitas we ask that you be a card holder in good standing with your home library to be eligible for a card at our library. Proof of residency and current street address is asked of everyone desiring to obtain a checkout card. You can either fill out the registration form online here or do it in person at the library.
All items have a three-week check out period with two possible renewals. Renewals are not allowed if someone else has requested the item (on hold). DVD’s are also checked out for three weeks but are not renewable.
City Park picnic shelters are available for rental for birthday parties, social events, family reunion, or other festive occasions. For shelter reservations and rental rates, contact Memorial Pool, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (509) 962-7211, or make a reservation online.
Feel free to call any of the Parks and Recreation staff for more information, or visit any of our centers in person or online.
The Ellensburg Police Department recognizes that effective policing can only be achieved with the cooperation of the residents of the City of Ellensburg to ensure we live and work in a safe community. Our community is safest when citizens are involved and proactive in detection and prevention of crime. Therefore, our department has many diverse and successful programs that have grown and expanded to train our citizens regarding crime and safety, while providing ways for citizens to easily communicate with the Police Department. The Department has used these programs to build relationships with its citizens, groups, and businesses in the community. We encourage you to use these programs to become involved in preventing crime and increase safety in our community. Contact If you have any questions, please contact the Ellensburg Police Department at (509) 962-7280.
You can request a copy of a police record several ways. Pick up a records request form Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at our office located at 100 N. Pearl Street; or complete a records request online.
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.
If you are experiencing flooding or water running over your street due to creeks water level exceeding top of banks, call (509) 962-7230 during the workday hours, and after hours call KitCom at (509) 925-8534. City crews monitor creek levels especially during the months of January through May. As the water level in creeks get high, we post information on the City of Ellensburg Facebook Page and Twitter feed. You can also subscribe to receive Flood Alerts via SMS or email (see the 'subscribe' button at the top of the web page). Sand and sandbags are made available for Ellensburg residents, typically at Kiwanis and Wipple Parks.
An additive (smell) is injected into natural gas to give it a rotten egg smell. If you are a natural gas customer, and you smell rotten eggs, call 911. You may have a natural gas leak.
If you are a city customer experiencing an electrical power outage, call (509) 962-7124 workdays or after hours (509) 925-8534. Information about outages is posted on the City's Facebook Page and Twitter feed.
For a water leak, please call (509) 962-7230 during workdays or after hours call (509) 925-8534.
Central Transit is fare free for all riders.
Everyone is welcome to ride Central Transit.
All buses are equipped with bike racks on the front of the bus which hold two bikes. Riders are responsible to load and unload their own bikes and space on the racks is on a first come basis. Bikes are NOT allowed inside the buses and Central Transit is not responsible for any damage incurred to or caused by bicycles on Central Transit property. Motorized bikes are not allowed.
All Central Transit buses are ADA accessible. Each is equipped with a lift which is available for use by those passengers who cannot use the steps. Due to capacity constraints on the lifts, the weight limit including the person and their mobility device is 600 pounds and the footprint of the mobility device can be no larger than 48” x 30”.
In many cases, the driver will ask where you want to exit the bus when you board. In addition, you may pull the yellow cord running along the bus windows. When it is pulled the driver will stop at the next bus stop on the route.
For the most efficient route, download the new Transit app in the Apple Store or Google Play. You'll be able to see your bus location in real time and plan the most efficient route!
It depends. Street Tree Permits are required for planting and pruning street trees. Permits are required for major pruning of street trees (limbs larger than 2" in diameter and/or comprising more than 15% of foliage-bearing area). No permit is required for minor pruning of street trees (branches or roots less than 2" in diameter and comprising less than 15% of foliage-bearing area). Permits are generally free, except when the major pruning or removal is on an arterial street. Property owners maintain safe sidewalk and street access by pruning trees to provide 9 feet of clearance over sidewalks and 14 feet over streets. Contact City staff at (509) 962-7237.