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City Clerk/Human Resources
1. When are City Council
The Colville City Council meets on the 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month
at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 170 S. Oak, Colville, WA.
2. How do I get on the City
Fill out a Request to be on the City Council Agenda form.
This form can be picked up at the City Clerks Office, City
Hall, 170 S. Oak, Colville, WA or
click here to download a
Clerk/Human Resources Department
1. Does the City accept
resumes to keep on file?
No, the City requires a City Application for Employment form
when there is a job opening in the City. No applications or
resumes are accepted at any other time. All City job
openings are advertised on this website and in the local
newspaper, the Statesman Examiner.
2. How do I get a copy of a
Fill out a Request for Public Records form. This form can be
picked up at the City Clerks Office, City Hall, 170 S. Oak,
Colville, WA or click here to download a copy. The City has
up to five (5) working days after receiving a written
request to provide the information. Please note that there
is a 15 cent per page charge for public copies. You can
also access City ordinances through the
Municipal Code link
on this website.
1. How much do I owe on my
are not paid to the City, but instead to the
Treasurer. The phone number is (509)
2. What is the name and
phone number of the local sanitation company?
Disposal contracts with the City to pick up solid waste.
Their contact information is below.
Sunshine Disposal & Recycling
11320 W. McFarlane Rd.
Airway Heights, WA 99001
(509) 252-9069 Fax
3. Can I pay my utility bill
with a debit/credit card?
City of Colville has contracted with Official Payments to
accept debit/credit payments on its behalf. Official
Payments will charge a transaction fee. (At this
time, Official Payments does not accept Visa card
payments.) You may call (509) 684-5091 for the
current fee schedule.
4. I am a renter; can I open
the utility account in my name?
RCW 35.21.290, the property owner is ultimately
responsible for utility charges. As such, your
landlord must initiate any additions or changes to the
5. Does my dog need to be
licenses are renewed annually in January. Licenses
renewed after January 31st will include a $2.00 late fee
per month. Puppies must be licensed at the age of 4
months, immediately after the first rabies vaccination.
New to town?
Dogs must be licensed within the first month of residence
or the $2.00 late fee per month will apply.
Proof of rabies must be presented at the time of license
6. Do I have to license my
City of Colville does not require cats to be licensed.
Please call the City Clerk's Office at (509) 684-5094
1. Do I need a building permit?
The rule of thumb is, if you have to ask, you probably need
to secure a permit. Permits are required for any
building or structure which is to be erected, constructed,
enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed,
converted, or demolished unless a separate permit for each
building or structure has been first obtained from this
Building Permit form,
Mechanical Permit form,
Plumbing Permit form
2. What work, if any, is exempt from a
There are some types of projects which are exempt from the
permit process. They are:
a. One story detached accessory buildings used as tool
and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided
that the projected roof area does not exceed 200 square
b. Oil derricks.
c. Movable cases, counters and partitions not over 69"
d. Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height
measured form the bottom of the footing to the top of the
wall, unless supporting surcharge or impounding Class I, II,
or III-A liquids.
e. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the
capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of
height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
f. Platforms, walks, and driveways not more than 30
inches above grade and not over any basement or story below.
g. Painting, papering and similar finish work.
h. Temporary motion picture, television and theater
stage sets and scenery.
i. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of
single family and garages when projecting not more than 54
j. Prefabricated swimming pools, less than 24 inches
deep, accessory to a single family home in which the pool
walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and if the
capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
k. Fences that are 6 feet in height or less.
Please check the specific requirements for fence
l. The Building Official may exempt construction,
alternation or repair work where such work is less than $500
in construction value; to be of a non-structural nature;
does not include the installation of wood stoves,
freestanding fireplaces or other similar heat producing
appliances; and is determined to be consistent with the
intent of this code and the general health, safety, and
welfare of the public.
Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing and mechanical
permits will be required for the above exempted items.
Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall
not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done
in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or
any laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
3. Is a permit required for a
Yes, the code requires that a deck located more than thirty
inches (30") above the surrounding grade obtain a building
4. Is a permit required to
construct a fence?
No, not for fences six (6) feet or less in height. The
Colville Zoning Ordinance contains fence standards
regulating height and placement that must be complied with.
(Please see Colville Municipal
Code, Title 17.)
5. Is a permit required to paint
the exterior of a house?
No, a permit is not required for cosmetic improvements such
as painting, carpets, or other types of flooring material.
6. Is a permit required to
replace the trap on a kitchen sink?
No, a permit is generally required when the work involves
moving a fixture, installing new fixtures or installing
drain lines or water supply piping.
7. Is a permit required for
installing a new water heater?
Yes, it is a replacement and requires a permit for the
8. My furnace failed on a
Saturday. I bought a new one exactly like the old one
and installed it myself. It was cold and we needed the
heat. Am I going to be fined for installing the
furnace without a permit?
Emergency repairs or replacements can be done immediately.
However, if a permit would normally be required, you should
obtain the permit as soon after the repair or replacement is
accomplished to confirm by inspection that the installation
meets the code requirements for the repair or replacement.
9. Can I operate a business out
of my house?
Some types of uses are permitted as a home occupation.
For more information, please contact the Department of
Building and Planning at (509) 684-5096.
10. What are the specifications
for building in the City of Colville?
Building Structural Design in jurisdiction is subject to the
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(509) 684-2525 with questions.
1. Does the Library have
Yes, the library has free, high-speed Internet access
available for library patrons and visitors to the
community. Library computers also have a wide variety of
software programs and all computers are attached to a
2. What does it cost to get a
Library cards are free to all residents of Stevens County
because the Colville Library partners with the Libraries of Stevens County.
3. Can I check my account
Yes, you will need a library card and PIN number from any
Stevens County Library and then you can check your account
on the Library's website www.librariesofstevenscounty.org. From anywhere with
Internet access: you can place requests for materials,
renew your checked out items and see a list of what you
(509) 684-3086 with questions.
1. Why are the fees different
for City residents and non-residents?
Because the people who reside within the city limits of
Colville support the parks & recreation programs through
city taxes, the City offers these people a discount on their
registration fees. Colville city limits are not the same as
the school district or the post office boundaries.
City of Colville
1. Are you going to have a
Spring Cleanup Program?
The City offers two Spring Cleanup Programs : Program 1
-Yard Waste and
Program 2 - Household Waste. Both program dates and times
will be advertised on
this website, in the Statesman-Examiner and on KCVL radio.
You may also contact
the Street Dept. at 684-8165.
Program 1 Yard Waste
This program starts around the first or second week of
April. Residents may put out brush, tree limbs (6 or
less in length and not more than 6 in diameter), and other
leaf and yard debris. No rocks, dirt, sod, or concrete may
be disposed of through this program. Items should be
placed along the curb or at the edge of the street in front
of your residence (do not put any yard waste in alleys).
Street crews will pick up the yard waste during a 1-2 week
period, only serving each block once.
2 Household Waste
This program takes place on one Saturday usually in May.
It is coordinated through our Sanitation Provider, Sunshine
Disposal. Residents may dispose of appliances and
other household items under 6 feet in length. Rocks, dirt,
sod, concrete, yard waste, toxic waste, car bodies,
commercial or construction waste will not be
accepted. The number of tires is limited to 2 per
household. Residents will
be allowed to bring their items (please secure the load
properly) to the Water/Street Dept. compound at 1044 N
Lincoln on the day of the program only. Our Sanitation
Provider will be on site with trucks and crew to assist you
with unloading and disposal. Your April Water/Sewer utility
bill should be shown as proof of residency. Renters will be
allowed to present an April phone or electric bill as
proof. The hours of operation are usually 7 AM to 3 PM.
2. Do you pick up leaves in
The City offers a Fall
Leaf Pick Up. It usually starts around Veterans
day. Only leaves, pine needles, and garden debris will
be picked up. Tree limbs, brush and grass clippings will
not be accepted.
3. Who takes care of the
street lights if they have burned out bulbs or parts are
If the light is on City right of way and faces the street,
you should contact the Street Dept at 684-8165 to report
lights that arent working or that appear to be damaged.
Some of these lights are the responsibility of the Street
Dept, but most are maintained by Avista Utilities. In
either case, the Street Dept. will determine who is
responsible and take the appropriate action.
If the light is on private property, such a private
parking lot and faces the property, it is the property
owner's responsibility. Area electricians may be able to
help you with the problem.
4. When is my street going to
The order of streets to be plowed is organized on a priority
basis, starting with school bus routes, the downtown
corridor and major arterials, followed by residential
streets and finally, alleys.
1. Why does the City water
turn brown at times?
The water supply in the lower sections of Colville are
pumped from three wells located on Church Flat. The water
has inorganic materials such as manganese, in the chemistry
makeup. The City chlorinates the water supply which in turn
oxidizes the suspended materials and allows the particles to
settle into water mains and house piping. When the settled
particles are subjected to higher velocity flows the
particles mix within the water and turn the water brown.
2. Why does the City flush
Flushing of water mains has been practiced for many years
and by many cities. The three most important reasons for
Cities to flush water mains are:
(1) Lower insurance rates: The State Survey & Rating
Bureau rates the maintenance and flows of fire hydrants as
one element of a total point system designed to lower
regional fire insurance. Fire insurance is based on fire
fighting training, equipment, response time, personnel and
other criteria. Water main flushing is added into the total
point system and helps in the final rating.
(2) Sediment removal: As hydrants are opened, the
velocity increases breaking loose particles attached to the
inside of main line pipes. Hydrants are flushed until
sediment has been removed to a clear visual consistency.
(3) Each hydrant is operated twice a year to examine
the working condition and flows. If any hydrant is not
operating correctly, it is rebuilt or replaced. Hydrant
flushing also lets the Department know if a water line valve
has been shut off and that all hydrants are receiving water.
Hydrant flushing also circulates the water in areas of low
consumption or dead end lines.
1. Is it OK to have an outdoor
As of January
1, 2007, land-clearing and residential outdoor burning will
no longer be legal in any area designated as an Urban Growth
Area (UGA) under the Growth Management Act. The City of
Colville, and several other cities in Stevens County, were
designated Urban Growth Areas by Stevens County when the
county decided to plan under the Growth Management Act
several years ago. The Department of Ecology is committed
to working with cities, counties, and citizens groups to
promote viable alternatives to burning in all communities,
especially those where the ban on open burning takes effect
in 2007. The applicable law and rule involved are
RCW 70.94.6514 and
2. How do I reach the Fire
The City of Colville Fire Department is made up of
volunteers and therefore, the Fire hall is not staffed. You
may leave a message on the Fire Department phone
(509-684-5928) or call the City Clerks Office
(509-684-5094) to leave a message. You may also send
him an email at