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The City will make a concerted effort to process permit applications in a timely manner while addressing regulatory and environmental concerns. Process time depends on:
The Community Development Department can provide you with an estimate of how long your project review may take.
Begin by contacting the Community Development Department to learn what permits are needed and if SEPA review is required.
The SEPA Checklist will help us to identify any likely environmental impacts and what actions, if any, that may be needed to help reduce or avoid any potential impacts. The city will use this information to decide a project's likely environmental impacts and whether a proposal/project will:
However, once the review process starts, changing a proposal can make it easier or more difficult to complete the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA ) review process, and receive permits and approvals. If a change helps avoid environmental impacts, the permitting process is likely to be easier and could avoid the need to do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
In cases where the review process is nearer completion, significant changes may require portions of the SEPA process to be repeated. The best approach is to incorporate environmental considerations when a project is still in the planning stage.
Pursuant to RCW 4.92, the Tort Claim Form is required for filing a claim against the City. Some information is required by RCW 4.92.100 and may be subject to public disclosure. Pursuant to law, Standard Tort Claim forms cannot be submitted electronically (we cannot accept emailed or faxed forms).
The Office of Corporation Counsel does not represent individuals in litigation, nor do we give individual legal advice. Please contact a private attorney to review your legal options.
No. Neither the City Attorney nor the Prosecuting Attorney give legal advice or representation to private citizens. Please contact a private attorney to review your legal options.
Immediately report the crime to police. Once a police report is made, the crime can be investigated and the prosecutor can take action. This action can include seeking a Restraining Order ("No Contact" Oder) from the court or making criminal charges. Also, Once you have reported the crime the City of Aberdeen has a victim coordinator who can help direct you to other services or assistance in the community.
Contact the Domestic Violence Victim / Witness Coordinator at 360-537-3256.
Contact the Domestic Violence Center of Grays Harbor at 360-538-0733
Here are some help resource links:
Domestic Violence Center of Grays Harbor
Crisis Support Network
You may call the Domestic Violence Victim / Witness Coordinator at 360-537-3256 or the Prosecutors office at 360-537-3232
The Prosecutor wants to meet with victims and witnesses to go over their statements to police and gather any other information they may have to offer. This helps clarify what remedies may be available to the victim.
Even if you don't want to press charges, please come to the appointment. The Prosecutor would still like to go over the information and hear any additional details you may have to offer. If you still do not want charges brought, you will have an opportunity to sign a "Waiver of Prosecution" form.
Please call the Prosecutor's office at 360-537-3231 or the Domestic Violence Victim / Witness Coordinator at 360-537-3256 to schedule an appointment to sign a waiver or prosecution form. It will not guarantee that charges will not be filed or pursued, but it will officially inform the court that you do not wish the case to proceed.
If a protected party wishes for the Court to modify or rescind the no contact order, the protected party is required to appear at Court to request a hearing. The instructions and documents you need to fill out are located on the Aberdeen Municipal Court web page.
This form lets the Court know you, the victim, are satisfied with the with the City's response, and do not want further action taken.
You can see the complete jail roster at the Grays Harbor County's website. If you wish to be notified of when the person is being released. You can click the "Register" button to the right of the person's name and you will be notified of when they are released.
Drop, Cover, and Hold on until the shaking stops. Because we are in an area that is susceptible to Tsunamis, you should then immediately make your way to higher ground. For more information go to Grays Harbor Emergency Management for preparedness and safety information.
The Aberdeen - Hoquiam - Cosmopolis Tsunami Walking Map shows the nearest high ground for areas in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Cosmopolis. The map was created by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The routes are to be used following a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake in anticipation of a Tsunami wave impacting the Washington Coast.
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The Aberdeen Fire Department's guide to Heating Oil Tank Decommissioning provides residential home owners with the basic information needed to properly decommission a heating oil tank. Additional information can be obtained from the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency.
The Aberdeen Fire Department provides a Knox Box Flyer that provides basic information on the program. For additional information please contact the fire department.
Please contact the EMS Accounts Specialist at 360-537-3261 between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
The Aberdeen Fire Department's 2018 Annual Report is a valuable source of information for learning more about what services the fire department offers.
The Register is an official list of places important to the history of Aberdeen and worthy of recognition and preservation.
The Aberdeen Historic Register recognizes building, structure, site, object or district that is significantly associated with:
It will also be recognized if it falls in at least two of the following categories:
In order for a property to be placed on the Register, the following steps are taken:
The Local Tax Incentive Program is designated to encourage the preservation of historic resources. It provides for a revision of the assessed value of a historic property which subtracts, for up to 10 years, such rehabilitation costs as are approved by a local review board. The primary benefit of the law is that during the 10-year special valuation period, property taxes will not reflect substantial improvements made to the property. The rehabilitation costs that are included have to be within 24 months prior to the actual date of application such as:
revision of the assessed value of a historic property which subtracts, for up to 10 years, such rehabilitation costs as are approved by a local review board.
Placement on the register does not affect the use of the structure, nor does it require repairs or restoration. Listing on the city's Historic Register is an honorary designation denoting significant association with the historic, archaeological, engineering or cultural heritage of the community. Properties are listed individually or as contributing properties to an historic district.
Prior to the commencement of any work on a Historic Register property, excluding ordinary repair and maintenance and emergency measures that are defined in AMC 17.50050, the owner must request and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission for the proposed work. Violation of this rule shall be grounds for the Commission to review the property for removal from the register.
Prior to whole or partial demolition of a registered property, the owner must request and receive a waiver of a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission.
Actual Cost of Rehabilitation
qualified rehabilitation expenditures
Washington State Advisory Council's Standards for the Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Historic Properties
State Advisory Council's Standards
A complete application shall consist of the following documentation:
In its review the Commission shall determine if the properties meet all the following criteria:
The first step is to set up a meeting with the City of Aberdeen, Community Development Department to discuss the plans for your property and to determine whether or not a Certificate of Appropriateness (CA) is necessary for the proposed work. Whenever a building permit or other City approval is applied for on a Historic Register property, whether or not the project requires a CA, the Commission shall be notified. If the activity is not exempt from review by the Commission, City staff shall notify the applicant of the review requirements. The city shall not issue any permit for work on the property until a Certificate of Appropriateness is received from the Commission. City staff shall assist the Commission in considering building and fire code requirements.
The Commission will review the proposed work for the following considerations:
The Historic Preservation Commission does not expect that buildings remain exactly as when they were built, nor does it expect that buildings will be restored to their original condition. Contemporary design for alterations and additions will be encourage when they do not destroy historical material and when the design is compatible with the size, scale, material and character of the property and its environment. Compliance is voluntary unless the property is in one of the city's historic districts, then it is mandatory.
A waiver of the Certificate of Appropriateness is required before a permit may be issued to allow whole or partial demolition of a Historical Register property or property in a Historic District. The Commission shall grant a waiver if it finds the property in questions meets any of the following criteria and if the proposed demolition is determined to substantially improve or correct any of the following conditions:
The owner or his/her agent shall apply to the Commission for a review of the proposed demolition and request a waiver. The applicant shall meet with the Commission in an attempt to find alternatives to demolition. The Commission shall issue its decision, in writing, within 45 calendar days from the initial meeting with the applicant, unless either party grants an extension. If no alternative to demolition has been agreed to during the review process, the Commission shall issue a written decision granting or denying the waiver. A copy of the Commission's decision shall be provided to the official in charge of issuing the demolition permit.
Any Commission decision regarding issuance or denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness or waiver of a Certificate of Appropriateness may be appealed to the City Council within ten days. Standing to appeal the Commission's decision shall be limited to the following person(s), pursuant to the Washington State Land Use Petition Act (36.70C.060 RCW):
Appeals must be in writing and clearly state the errors of fact or law alleged. Any appeal from the decision of the City Council must be filed in Superior Court and served on the city no later than 21 calendar days following the date of the City Council's decision or appeal is thereafter barred.
See Grays Harbor County Jail register
The City passed an ordinance creating the Rental Registration and Inspection Program (RRIP). The RRIP requires all landlords to register their properties with the City and have them inspected at least once every three years.
The RRIP helps ensure rental housing in Aberdeen is safe and meets basic living standards. The program was established to protect tenants from living in poorly maintained properties.
The City will send letters out to landlords when their inspection year comes up. The inspection year is based on the ward location. That will determine when the inspection year.
We divided the City in threes sections. The first year of inspections are Wards 4 and 6. The second year will be Wards 3 and 5. The third year will be Wards 1 and 2.
A City building inspector or a private inspector who is approved by the City to perform inspections.
No. A rental inspection is NOT a look at your possessions or what you do in the rental unit. An inspector will NOT go through your personal items.
Rental properties must be inspected every three years, although they may be inspected sooner if a has been filed with the Property Maintenance Division. Your landlord must notify you at least 48 hours before your building or unit is inspected. You should work with your landlord to arrange access for the inspector.
Once the unit/s have passed an inspection. The inspection is good for three years when it has been issued a Certificate of Compliance.
The duty of the Property Maintenance inspector is to contact the owner. It is the owners responsibility to contact their property management company.
Yes. Any person can make an appointment with the prosecuting attorney. You may call 360-537-3231 and speak with the Prosecutors assistant. Please have the case number, the police report number (SR Number), the suspect name before you call.
To find out if a defendant has been released from jail, please the Aberdeen Police Department or visit the jail roster web page.
Immediately report the crime to the Aberdeen Police Department. Once a police report is made, the crime can be investigated and the prosecutor can take action. This action can include seeking a Restraining Order ("No Contact" Oder) from the court or making criminal charges. When you provide the officer your statement as to what happen you can inform the officer that you want to press charges against the person. The officer should include that information in his/her report which is forwarded to the Prosecutors office.
You will need to contact the court at 360-533-5411 to find out whether you have a warrant out for your arrest.
No. The prosecuting attorney cannot assist you in seeking child support.
No. The prosecuting attorney cannot assist you in your divorce, or other civil proceeding. You will need to hire a private attorney, or contact with the Northwest Justice Project if you cannot afford a civil attorney.
The prosecuting attorney cannot assist an individual seeking to file a civil lawsuit.
Yes, the Legal Department can provide you a copy of a police report, but that request should go through the Aberdeen Police Department.
If a person is a victim of a domestic violence crime, i.e. a victim of a crime committed by a family/household member, or the defendant and the victim were in a dating relationship, yes the City can request a no contact order.
Maybe. If you are a victim of a domestic violence crime, i.e. a victim of a crime committed by a family/household member, or was in a dating relationship with the suspect, yes a no contact order can be entered. If the suspect was a stranger or a friend, no the City cannot obtain a formal no contact order. The victim will need to obtain a civil anti-harassment order in district court 2.
Yes, the victim of a crime can/should contact the prosecuting attorney to speak him about your case. You will need to contact the Legal Department at 360-537-3231. Please have the case number, the defendant’s name, the police report/SR Number available.
Please contact the court at 360-533-5411 or visit the Washington State Courts Jury Duty website.
No, a victim of a crime cannot make the decision to drop charges against a defendant. A victim who wants to drop charges can contact the Prosecutors office and sign a waiver of prosecution. At that time the victim can speak with the Prosecutor and discuss the reasons for the decision. The City is not bound by the victim’s request to drop charges, but does take into consideration the victim’s wishes.
A witness can encompass many things. A witness can observe the alleged event. A witness can be the person who tested a substance, like a blood sample for a DUI case. A witness can also be a person who made a copy of a video of the alleged incident, that person will testify about whether the recording equipment was working properly on the date and time of the alleged incident.
If a case goes to trial, any witness will have to testify in court. The defendant will be present in the courtroom along with his/her attorney. The defendant will most likely not talk to you. He/she will most likely on speak to their attorney.
If the case is a domestic violence case, the victim will have the domestic violence advocate present in the courtroom. I may also contact the Grays Harbor Domestic Violence Center to see if they have someone available to be present as well if necessary. If the case is a non-domestic violence case, I try to have my assistant available to talk to you and reassure you while you wait to provide testimony.
It depends. A witness is generally required to appear by 9:00 am on the day of trial. The person will have to wait in the lobby until they are called as a witness. Prior to the testimony phase of the trial, a jury must be selected and opening statements must be given. The shortest wait period would be an hour, but it could easily be three hours if not longer. If it is going to be a long wait period, the legal department will contact you prior to trial to give you a better estimate of when to appear.
If you cannot appear on the schedule date of the subpoena, please contact the Legal Department immediately. The City can request a continuance for good cause.
At arraignment a defendant pleads guilty or not guilty and is appointed counsel if he/she qualifies for the public defender. In addition, pre-trial release conditions are entered, and bail may be imposed. Finally, if the crime is a domestic violence a no contact order may be entered.
If you have a complaint with the public defender, please contact the City of Aberdeen Human Resources Department.
If you have a warrant you can pay $100.00 warrant quash fee you can pay this fee online or if you are unable to afford the $100.00 warrant quash fee please write a letter to the court.
Currently, the City has contract with Helix Law as our main public defender’s office. There are two attorneys in that office, Brittany Stephens and Seng Hamilton. The City also uses two other attorneys as conflict counsel.
Maybe, paying a fine will not make a court date go away on a criminal charge. You will need to plead guilty before a court can assess a penalty which could include jail time. If the charge is a parking ticket or traffic infraction a person may pay the fine, and will not need to appear for a later court date.
A warrant for your arrest will be issued if you do not appear in court. If you know in advance that you will not be present in court, please contact the Prosecutors office or the court to request a continuance
Fill out the Public Records Request form. Fax to 360-532-9137 or drop off in person at City Hall 200 E. Market St. Aberdeen, WA.
No, Federal, State and/or City law restricts access to some records. The City may withhold restricted records in their entirety, or may "redact" (black out) part of a record depending on the statutory rules.
No, your request becomes a public record and can be requested and/ or viewed by others.
RCW 42.56.520 provides that a response to a request for public records must be made by the agency within five business days. The day the request is received does not count as one of the five days. RCW 1.12.040 provides: "The time within which an act is to be done, as herein provided, shall be computed by excluding the first day, and including the last, unless the last day is a holiday, Saturday, or Sunday, and then it is also excluded." The general statute appears to be of application throughout the state statutes.
No. Public records law allows a city to recover a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records to any person. This applies to nonprofit corporations as well as private citizens or businesses. The charge may not exceed the amount necessary to reimburse the agency for its actual costs and may not include staff time needed to retrieve the documents.
If records contain information that may affect others and may be exempt from disclosure, the City may send a notice to those parties informing them of the request prior to providing the records to the requestor.
If a requestor fails to fulfill their obligations to inspect, respond to clarification from by City staff, or make any payment in the allotted time period, the City may close the request and consider it abandoned.
Large requests may be handled in installments.
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that "runs off" across the land instead of seeping into the ground. This runoff usually flows into the nearest stream, creek, river, lake or ocean. The runoff is not treated in any way.
Local laws prohibit anything other than uncontaminated rain water from entering the storm drain system. Never pour anything into a gutter, street or storm drain.
A catch basin is a curbside receptacle whose function is to convey water from streets and other urban surfaces into the storm drain system. The design of this drainage structure includes a sump that captures and temporarily stores some pollutants such as oils and sediment. Regular maintenance to clean out the sump removes the stored pollutants and prevents them from washing further into the storm drain system and into receiving waters such as the Chehalis River.
Stormwater regulations define an "illicit discharge" as "any discharge to a municipal separate storm sewer that is not composed entirely of stormwater" (except discharges resulting from fire fighting activities and a few other categories).
Common sources of non-stormwater dry weather discharges in urban areas include:
These so called "generating sites" and include, among other substances:
Although these illicit discharges can enter the storm drain system in various ways, they generally result from either direct connections (e.g, wastewater piping either mistakenly or deliberately connected to the storm drains) or indirect connections (e.g, infiltration into the storm drain system, spills, or "midnight dumping"). Illicit discharges can be further divided into those discharging continuously and those discharging intermittently.
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To report a spill or an illicit discharge, contact Jeff Springer at 360-537-3393.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect our lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands.
You can help reduce pollution in our stormwater by avoiding the release of chemicals or pollutants into the waterways. You can also help by participating with the Grays Harbor Stream Team in cleaning up local waterways.
The ultimate goal of stormwater management is to maintain the health of streams, lakes and aquatic life as well as provide opportunities for human uses of water by mitigating the effects of urban development. To achieve this goal stormwater management strives to maintain the natural hydrologic cycle, prevent an increased risk of flooding, prevent undesirable stream erosion, and protect water quality.
Yes. The City regularly performs maintenance activities; including cleaning, of the storm drain system. In addition, the City crews are always available to respond to emergency situations where clogged storm drains result in flooding.
City crews clean out clogged catch basins throughout the year as part of on to going maintenance. Unfortunately, there are just too many catch basins and not enough time. Residents can reduce flooding in their neighborhoods by keeping material out of the storm drain system or clean debris around the catch basin when performing landscape maintenance.
Those buttons were placed above catch basins as a reminder to citizens that the catch basins drain to the streams, and should not have any discharge into the catch basin that is not rainfall.
The only discharge that is allowed in catch basins is rainfall.
The Stormwater Rate is $6.08 per month.
Yes - go to the Payment Portal, All you need is your account number and your house number. You can find this information at the top of your bill.
1 - Please complete the Utility Services Activation Form and return it to me via e-mail. Please use the date of closing as the date of activation.
2 – Once the closing has been completed, you will need to provide Proof of Ownership by sending me a final settlement statement from the title company. This form is often labeled American Land Title Association.
3 - Once you are ready to activate service, please contact LeMay of Grays Harbor to set up garbage service. Their number is (360) 533-1251. If the residence will be occupied, you or the tenant must have garbage service before the water can be activated. If the residence will be vacant, and you do not currently need garbage service there, you can put the service on a "Vacation Hold" for up to 4 months in a calendar year. During a vacation hold, no charges are accrued. We are not able to activate the utilities until garbage service is established as per Aberdeen Municipal Code. LeMay will send me an e-mail confirmation once the account has been set up.
At this time, we only offer automatic payments from a checking or savings account and is processed through our office. If you choose to sign up for this service - the withdrawal will occur on the 4th of each month, unless that happens to be a weekend or holiday. In either of those cases, the withdrawal will occur on the next business day. The auto pay system is set up to withdraw the TOTAL AMOUNT DUE on your utility account at the time of withdrawal. Please remember that if the funds are not available on the day that they are withdrawn, there will be an NSF fee assessed to your utility account and your services may be in danger of being turned off.
You will need to fill out the Utility Automatic Bill Paying Authorization Form form and include a voided check or document from your bank supplying the routing number and account number that you would like to use. If you would like the current bill paid via the auto-pay program, please be sure to return the form by the 20th of the current month.
You must complete the Discontinue Services Form and return it to the Finance Department at City Hall by 2:00pm on the day that you would like services stopped.
You will need to complete the Property Manager Designation Form and return to the Finance Department at City Hall. This would allow the person or agency of your choosing to act on your behalf and would give them all the rights and privileges to make changes to your utility accounts.
In the City of Aberdeen, tenants are not able to set up service in their name as the utility charges are lienable against the property. Homeowners or designated property managers must complete a Tenant Authorization Form, which will ensure that the tenant will receive a copy of the bill with their name on it. If the completed form is not received by the end of the month, you will continue to receive the bill and it will be between you and the tenant to take care of the charges.
Please call Water Customer Service at (360) 537-3213 or (360) 537-3223 to discuss the high consumption.
In the City of Aberdeen, tenants are not able to do this as the utility charges are lienable against the property. Homeowners or designated property managers must complete a Tenant Authorization Form, which will ensure that the tenant will receive a copy of the bill with their name on it. If the completed form is not received by the end of the month, the owner will continue to receive the bill and it will be between you and the owner to take care of the charges. Please keep in mind that we do not bill tenants for partial months unless the service has been turned off between tenants.
Title 13 of the Aberdeen Municipal Code states that garbage service is compulsory and mandatory upon all persons, dwellings and business establishments within the city. If your property is located within the city limits, there must be active garbage service in order to keep the utility services active. If there is a tenant living on the premises, the tenant may establish service.
Please contact LeMay of Grays Harbor at (360) 533-1251 to set up service. Once the service is established, they will send us a confirmation e-mail.