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Petition forms are available by contacting the Yakima County Board of Equalization, Yakima County Assessor office, or from the Washington State Department of Revenue. Contact the Board of Equalization at: 509-574-1500 firstname.lastname@example.org
The jail does not provide court date and time information as it is always changing, instead we ask that you contact the court that will be hearing the case. You can access court contact information
Aberdeen City Jail 210 East Market Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 (360) 533-3180
Adams County Jail 210 West Broadway, Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-1122
Asotin County Jail 838 5th Street, Clarkston, WA 99403 (509) 758-1668
Benton County Jail 7122 West Okanogan Place, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 783-1451 *
Buckley City Jail 133 South Cedar Street, Buckley, WA 98321 (360) 829-3157
Chelan County Jail 401 Washington Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (509) 667-6462 *
Clallam County Jail 223 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362 (360) 417-2458
Clark County Jail 707 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 92470 (360) 397-2211 *
Columbia County Jail 341 East Main Street, Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-2518 *
Cowlitz County Jail 1935 1st Avenue, Longview, WA 98632 (360) 577-3094 *
Douglas County Jail 401 Washington Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (509) 667-6462
Enumclaw City Jail 1705 Wells Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 825-3505
Ferry County Jail 165 North Jefferson Avenue, Republic, WA 99166 (509) 775-2906 *
Fife City Jail 3737 Pacific Highway East, Fife, WA 98424 (253) 922-6633
Forks City Jail 500 East Division Street, Forks, WA 98331 (360) 374-2223 *
Franklin County Jail 1016 North 4th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301 (509) 545-3549 *
Garfield County Jail 789 Main Street, Pomeroy, WA 99347 (509) 843-3494
Grand View City Jail 207 West Second Street, Grandview, WA 98930 (509) 882-9200
Grant County Jail 35 C Street Northwest, Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 754-2011 ext 480 *
Grays Harbor County Jail 100 West Broadway Avenue, Montesano, WA 98563 (360) 249-6070 *
Hoquiam City Jail 215 10th Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550 (360) 532-0892
Island County Jail 101 6th Street Northeast, Coupeville, WA 98239 (360) 679-7324
Issaquah City Jail 130 East Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 837-3265 *
Jefferson County Jail 79 Elkins Road, Port Hadlock, WA 98339 (360) 385-3831 *
Kent City Jail 1230 South Central Avenue, Kent, WA 98032 (253) 856-5960 *
King County Jail 516 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 296-3564 * ?
Regional Justice Center 620 West James Street, Kent 98032 (206) 296-1234
Kirkland City Jail 123 Fifth Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033 (425) 587-3400
Kitsap County Jail 614 Division MS-37, Port Orchard, WA 98366 (360) 337-7101 *
Kittitas County Jail 205 West 5th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 962-7527 *
Klickitat County Jail 205 South Columbus, Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3666 *
Lewis County Jail 360 Northwest North Street, Chehalis, WA 98532 (360) 748-9241 *
Lincoln County Jail 404 Sinclair Street, Davenport, WA 99122 (509) 725-2255 *
Lynnwood City Jail 19321 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 670-5600
Marysville City Detention Center 1635 Grove Street, Marysville, WA 98270 (360) 363-8303
Mason County Jail 411 North 4th Street, Shelton, WA 98584 (360) 427-7753 *
Oak Harbour City Jail 860 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbour, WA (360) 279-4600
Okanogan County Jail 149 4th Avenue North, Okanogan, WA 98840 (509) 422-7230 *
Olympia City Jail 900 Plum Street South East, Olympia, WA 98507 (360) 753-8417
Pacific County Jail 300 Memorial Drive, South Bend, WA 98586 (360) 875-9396 *
Pend Oreille County Jail 331 South Garden Avenue, Newport, WA 99156 (509) 447-3151
Pierce County Jail 910 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 798-4668 *
Puyallup City Jail 311 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371 (253) 841-5425 *
Renton City Jail 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057 (425) 430-7600
San Juan County Jail 96 Second Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 (360) 378-4151
Score Regional Jail 20817 17th Avenue South, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 257-6200 *
Skagit County Jail 600 South 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 336-9448 *
Skamania County Jail 200 Vancouver Avenue, Stevenson, WA 98648 (509) 427-9490 *
Snohomish County Jail 3025 Oakes Avenue, Everett, WA 98201 (425) 388-3395 *
Spokane County Jail 1116 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 477-2278 * ?
Geiger Corrections 3507 South Spotted Road, Spokane 99224 (509) 477-3259
Stevens County Jail 215 South Oak Street, Colville, WA 99114 (509) 684-4707
Sunnyside City Jail 401 Homer Street, Sunnyside, WA 98944 (509) 836-6200
Thurston County Jail 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 786-5510 *
Toppenish City Jail 1 West First Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948 (509) 865-4355
Wahkiakum County Jail 64 Main Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612 (360) 795-3242
Walla Walla County Jail 300 West Alder Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362 (509) 524-5430 *
Wapato City Jail 205 South Simcoe Avenue, Wapato, WA 98951 (509) 877-4275
Whatcom County Jail 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 676-6848 *
Whitman County Jail 411 North Mill Street, Colfax, WA 99111 (509) 397-5585 *
Yakima County Department of Corrections 111 N Front Street, Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 574- 1700 *
Yakima City Jail 200 South 3rd Street, Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 575-6200 *
No. Neither the authorized vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials can cause you to test positive on viral tests.
If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination— you could test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
You may choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and in a group eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccine safety data is limited. If you are pregnant and have COVID-19, you are at increased risk for severe illness. We recommend talking with your healthcare provider to make the decision.
Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials did not measure if the vaccines can prevent asymptomatic transmission. The clinical trials did show the vaccines are both over 94% effective at preventing you from getting the virus. The more people who are protected from the virus, the more challenging it is for the virus to transmit between people. In the meantime, keep wearing face coverings, maintain physical distance, and limit gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Yes, when they are eligible to receive vaccine. Get more information on your eligibility for vaccine from PhaseFinder and this DOH infographic.
Yes, even if you get vaccinated, we recommend you continue the other measures to prevent disease spread:
While experts continue to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, it will be important for everyone to keep using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following public health guidance will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors—including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities—will also affect this decision.
Coronaviruses cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which are closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers began working on developing vaccines for these diseases after their discovery in 2003 and 2012, respectively. None of the SARS vaccines ever made it past the first stages of development and testing, in large part because of lack of interest once the virus disappeared. One MERS vaccine (MVA-MERS-S) successfully completed a phase 1 clinical trial in 2019. Experts have used lessons learned from this earlier vaccine research to inform strategies to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, studies show the vaccines are equally safe for all racial and ethnic groups. The clinical trials intentionally recruited participants reflective of the U.S. population to assess safety and effectiveness across age, gender, and racial/ethnic groups.
The protection someone gains from having an infection—called natural immunity—varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus is new, we don’t know how long natural immunity might last. Some early evidence—based on some people—seems to suggest natural immunity may not last very long.We won’t know how long immunity lasts from vaccination until we have a more data on how well it works. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about. We will keep you informed as new evidence becomes available.
Washington State has launched two new tools for community members to assess their current eligibility for the COVID-19.The COVID 19 Check Up Tool and the PhaseFinder Tool. More information is on their website, including their phased approach to vaccine allocation.
Continue doing the things that’ll drive cases down and keep the disease from spreading:
Get more information about these and other steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Vaccines help our immune system fight future infections. COVID-19 vaccines train our bodies to develop defenses to the disease without having to get sick.
COVID-19 vaccines are meant to prevent you from getting COVID-19 and from spreading it to others. Both vaccines authorized by the FDA are shown to be safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 infection in clinical trials. The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect us from spreading the virus to others is not yet known, but is being studied carefully.
Both vaccines that have been authorized by the FDA are two-dose vaccines, given either 21 days or 28 days apart. These vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, which teach your cells to produce a harmless piece of the coronavirus that then triggers an immune response to build antibodies. In this way, you build immunity to COVID-19 without getting the illness.
It typically takes a few weeks after the second dose to become fully protected. Sometimes vaccination can cause mild fever or cold-like symptoms, but these are not harmful.
To learn more about the FDA-authorized vaccines, visit the Safety and Effectiveness page.
We don’t know yet. When a vaccine gets an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, it means we have enough information to know that the vaccine is safe and effective. However, the clinical trials for these vaccines will continue for years to come to determine how long immunity lasts.
All the normal steps in the vaccine development process are being followed for the COVID-19 vaccine. The main difference is that some of the steps are being done at the same time in order to produce a safe and effective vaccine faster. For example, during normal vaccine development the clinical safety trials are complete and then the vaccine is produced. For COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine is being produced while the clinical trials are happening. This is so the vaccine is ready and available as soon as we know that it is safe and effective. If any vaccines do not successfully complete their clinical trials, any vaccine that was already made will be destroyed.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will decide who should receive the vaccine. They will review all the data from the vaccines’ clinical trials to make these decisions. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is available to people 16 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is available for people 18 and older.
One and you’re not done! If a vaccine requires two doses, you need both doses at the appropriate interval for the vaccine to be effective. For most vaccines requiring two doses, the interval is about a month apart. Whoever gives you the first dose will let you know when you should return to get the second one. You need to get the same brand of vaccine for both doses.
People with a history of past COVID-19 illness may get the vaccine. Not enough information is currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again—natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more research is necessary. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines. People who were previously infected with COVID-19 were included in the clinical trials of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Studies showed strong safety and efficacy.
Viral mutations are very common. Both Pfizer and Moderna are running tests to determine if their vaccines are effective against these latest mutations. Although it might be more transmissible, it is not more severe or deadly. The most powerful tool we have against this virus is to get as many people vaccinated as fast as possible. In the meantime, until we know more about how effective these vaccines are at preventing transmission, keep wearing face coverings, maintain physical distance, and limit gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Initial supply of the vaccine is limited. Once enough vaccine is on the market, everyone will have access. We don’t know how long that will take, but we will monitor the supply and communicate when vaccine is available for different groups in the state’s phased distribution plan.
Side effects may include sore arm, tiredness, headache, and muscle pain. These symptoms are a sign that the vaccine is working. Side effects were more common after the second dose than the first dose. For most people, these side effects occurred within 2 days of getting the vaccine and lasted about a day.
Studies show side effects are more common among people 55 years or older.
If you have a severe allergic reaction to a COVID vaccine or are known to be allergic to any of its components, you should not receive the vaccine. People with a history of a severe allergic reaction (needing hospitalization) to any cause, should be monitored for 30 minutes after injection. Everyone else will be monitored for 15 minutes.
If you do not take the second shot, you will most likely not build enough immunity to fight the infection. In the studies for Pfizer’s vaccine, the first shot seemed to be about 52% effective in preventing COVID. The second shot increased that effectiveness to 95%.
COVID-19 is a new disease and we continue to learn more about it. Community immunity is a term used to describe when enough people have protection—either from previous infection or vaccination—that it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread and cause disease. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if some people don’t have any protection themselves. Scientists estimate that to control COVID-19, about 7 or 8 of every 10 people will need to be immune.
There is not enough information currently available to say if or when we will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Vaccine rollout is happening in phases in the state’s plan. Use the state’s Phase Finder website to learn if you’re eligible in one of the current phases. You can find the location for Yakima County at the Yakima Health District COVID-19 Vaccine page.
The Washington State Board of Health decides what vaccines to require for schools. Initially, the COVID-19 vaccines will have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status. An EUA helps make things like vaccines available to address public health emergencies like pandemics. Vaccines cannot be made mandatory until they receive full licensure from the FDA. Once vaccines are fully licensed it will be up to the State Board of Health to decide if the vaccines will be required for school.
If you have minor children (under age 18) involved in your divorce, you must take the mandatory class called Online Parenting Programs. Both parties are supposed to attend this class, but the minimum requirement is that the petitioner completes the class. The judge will not finalize your divorce unless you have taken this class. For more information visit the Parenting Classes page.
For immediate evacuations, the fire department/police officers will go door to door to notify residents to evacuate.
We will also use our Emergency Notification System to call homes in the area to notify them of the evacuation. The system already has all landline phone numbers in it, if you would like to register your cell phone you will need to sign up at Alert Yakima. Be sure to put in your address so when we map the evacuation area message your phone number is captured.
You can find more information on evacuations in Yakima County here.
You can check these places for updates on evacuation orders and lifting of evacuation order:
You can check these places for updates on the progress of an incident. We try to provide status updates on an ongoing incident every 12-16 hours, or sooner if there are major changes. We are working on a method that you can call in and listen to a recording with a status of the incident.
We are currently working on a method for you to offer and request support for evacuated livestock.
If it is an emergency call 91-1-. If not, check our website and social media for the incident update information to see if that answers your question.
If not, you can send us a message on Facebook or call our office (509-574-1900) during business hours. We will attempt to answer your question as quickly as possible, but answers may be delayed based on the needs of the incident.
The best place to donate is to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross has a process in place to support first responders within a few hours of the incident starting with food, water, etc. The best donation is monetary; the Red Cross may be able to take canned goods and other types of shelf stable food but they quickly become overwhelmed with those types of donations. We cannot accept donations of homemade food.
Alternatively, you can contact your local fire department (after the incident is over) and talk to them about how you can donate to their organization.
Visit our donations page for more information.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
The forms you will need are available at the County Auditor's Office or at any licensing sub-agent. Most forms are also available on the Washinton State Department of Licensing website. When at the State DOL website, click on the button called "Forms" on the upper right side of the page, in the banner header. You can call the Licensing Division at 509-574-1400 or access the Washington State Department of Licensing
To learn more and apply online visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
It is a personal property listing generated bythe Department of Revenue regarding a business license you applied for in theprevious tax year. Personal property is a recorded list of all the assets youuse to run your business. Examples of the personal property that would belisted include; printers, computers, tractors, tools, furniture, constructionequipment, and supplies. Business owners are required to report their personalproperty and pay tax on the value of the equipment.
First time Filer? The filing deadline for this form is July 31st, 2019, not April 30th, 2019 as indicated on the form.
Simply put, a personal property asset is anything that a business uses to operate. The biggest distinction between personal property and real property is that personal property is moveable. ALL equipment used to run the business needs to be reported. Including a monthly estimation of supplies kept on hand such as pens, pencils, paper, staples and so forth. Keep in mind that supplies have different meaning in each industry. (record monthly estimate in top right-hand corner)
If you have further question on what is considered personal property please contact our office.
Personal property is not double taxation. It is a different form of property tax used to pay the same levies as real property for schools, roadways, and so forth. You can read more about this in the Personal Property Informational Pamphlet provided by the Department of Revenue.
We understand equipment depreciates over time, this is why we ask for a description, a year of purchase, and the original cost of the equipment (w/o the sales tax). These three components are used to determine the true fair market value of the equipment. Older assets that have depreciated over time will eventually reach a plateau in valuation. They will stay at this plateau until they are sold or destroyed. Items typically do not reach a 0 value. Personal Property Valuation Guidelines are provided to our office yearly by the Department of Revenue.
Being a farm account does not automatically exempt you from all personal property tax. The Farm Machinery and Equipment that is available through the Department of Revenue will exempt qualifying equipment from state taxation. This means the exemption will remove any state levy rate from your tax bill, lowering the overall amount of tax you pay. Since this does not exempt you from local taxation, you are still required to file a listing with our office annually.
Yes, there is a way you can e-file your personal property listing. Unfortunately, it is not available for first time filers. Once you have an account and begin receiving your January personal property notice, the mailing itself will have an authorization code, boldly lettered, located in the top left-hand corner of the page. Also included is a small handout on how to use that authorization code to access your personal property bill through The Master’s Touch eNoticeOnline.
Yes, even if your listing has notchanged at all from the previous year you still need to file a listing with ouroffice by April 30th each year. If a listing is late, it will be penalized 5% each month it is late up to 25% on your tax bill.
Failure to file a listing entirely will result in an “Assumed Increase in Value” line. As well as the 25% penalty.
We are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. We are closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch.
We are located in the Yakima County Courthouse at 128 N. 2nd Street Room B18, Yakima, WA 98901 - the office is located in the basement of the county courthouse.
You must follow all of the conditions of release ordered by the Judge. If you violate any one of those conditions, the Judge could change your conditions, or revoke those conditions and incarcerate you until your case is resolved. You must show up for all of your court dates. If you do not report for any court date, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and you could receive a new charge simply for failing to appear. If you do miss a court appearance, contact your lawyer and call Pre-Trial Release Services at 509-574-1872 as soon as possible in order to resolve the bench warrant.
Every defendant released to Pre-Trial monitoring is required to check in with their Pre-Trial Services Officer. The frequency of these meetings depends on the level of monitoring required.
Pre-Trial Services is responsible for monitoring certain conditions of release as imposed by the Judge.
Many defendants will be assigned to a Pre-Trial Services Officer who is responsible for notifying the court if these conditions are, or are not, being followed. While your case is pending, your Pre-Trial Services Officer can help you in a variety of ways. They can help you voluntarily surrender on an outstanding bench warrant, obtain drug treatment, mental health treatment, or other social services (such as temporary shelter, government-issued identification, job listings, GED, etc.). If you feel you need any of these services, talk to your Pre-Trial Services Officer . Be sure to stay in touch with your Pre-Trial Services Officer, especially if you change your address or phone number.
The rule of thumb for recycling is that items should be larger than the size of your palm. Smaller items can fall through sorting conveyor belts and are disposed as garbage. Shredded paper in cardboard boxes or paper bags can get loose in recycling trucks and at recycling centers and cause contamination. Shredded paper is no longer accepted at Yakima County Landfills or in curbside recycling. Shredded paper can be dropped off a Central Washington Recycling in Yakima.
In May of 2005, Yakima County passed an unsecured load ordinance (Yakima County Code Section 6.02.030) to help prevent roadside litter and to encourage the safe transport of material over our roadways. The Yakima County unsecured load fee can be $5.75 or $17 depending on the capacity of your vehicle. Washington State also has an unsecured load fine which is $228 and an additional fine for littering which can range from $50 to $5,000 depending on the size of the item. Find out more about loads and fees from the
To run criminal history checks, contact the
Shoreline jurisdiction is similar to zoning, except that the types of zoning are called shoreline environments. The 4 environments are natural, Conservancy, Rural, and Urban. Learn more about
Please contact our environmental planner(s) at (509) 574-2300 or come into 128 N. 2nd Street, 4th Floor Courthouse, Yakima, WA 98901 to get more information. The SEPA process most often begins when you submit the first permit application for your proposal. You may be required to have a pre-application meeting to discuss your project, permit requirements, and the SEPA process. Not all projects are required to go through the SEPA process. Find out more about the
Your first step in the SEPA process is filling out the environmental checklist. The purpose of the environmental checklist is to provide information to identify likely environmental impacts from proposals and to reduce or avoid these impacts, if possible. The agency will also use this information to decide whether the likely environmental impacts of the project need further study, have been adequately addressed by existing regulations, or can be mitigated. Learn more about the
Stormwater is water from rain and snowmelt. As rain and snow falls to earth in agricultural and undeveloped areas, it is either absorbed or it slowly runs off and dissipates. In urban areas, where rooftops and paved areas prevent the water from being absorbed, problems arise as the runoff collects pollutants and carries them to nearby streams and lakes. Pollutants include gasoline, oil, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and bacteria.
Polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40% of surveyed U.S. water bodies which do not meet water quality standards. Left uncontrolled, this water pollution can result in the destruction of fish, wildlife, and aquatic life habitats; a loss in aesthetic value; and threats to public health due to contaminated food, drinking water supplies, and recreational waterways.
A pollutant is anything that pollutes the water, or makes it dirty, unhealthy, or unsafe. The most common pollutants in stormwater are sediment, garbage, human and animal feces, motor oil, leaves and yard clippings, fertilizers and pesticides, but the list of pollutants that can make water toxic and unsafe is long. In reality, anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter may contribute to stormwater pollution as it flows into our creeks, rivers and lakes.
No. They are 2 completely separate drainage systems. Wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets and washing machines travels through the sanitary sewer system to the municipal wastewater treatment plant where solids, nutrients, pathogens and bacteria are removed before being discharged into the Yakima River. On the other hand, the water entering roadside ditches or the storm drain system flows directly to the nearest water body.
Only stormwater, runoff from rain or snowmelt, is permitted to be discharged in the storm drain. Yakima County’s illicit discharge ordinance prohibits any water other than stormwater, or any materials, pollutants, or waters containing pollutants other than stormwater, to be put into stormwater facilities. Storm drains discharge directly to surface waters or groundwater without treatment, which means only water that is free of pollutants is permitted to be put into storm drains.
Yakima County’s Stormwater Code, Chapter 12.10, has more information on what is and isn’t allowed to go into the storm drain.
Mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES Stormwater Program is a comprehensive 2-phased national program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges that adversely affect the quality of our nation's waters.
The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging "pollutants" through a "point source" into a "water of the United States" unless they have an NPDES permit. The program uses the NPDES permitting mechanism to require the implementation of controls designed to prevent harmful pollutants found in stormwater runoff from washing into local water bodies. The permit contains limits on what you can discharge, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the discharge does not hurt water quality or people's health.
In essence, the permit translates general requirements of the Clean Water Act into specific provisions tailored to the operations of each person discharging pollutants. In Washington, the Washington State Department of Ecology administers the NPDES program. The Environmental Protection Agency has more information about the program on the NPDES website.
The NPDES stormwater permit regulations cover the following classes of stormwater discharges:
Any pipe, ditch or gully, or system of pipes, ditches, or gullies, that is owned or operated by a governmental entity and used for collecting and conveying storm water.
Regulated MS4s are those that discharge to surface or ground waters and are designated based on its location within an urbanized area, or otherwise identified by Ecology. MS4s that discharge to groundwater using Underground Injection Control (UIC), also known as drywells, are exempt from the permit. The Department of Ecology has an online map of all Washington state municipal stormwater permit areas.
Any violation of the conditions of the Regional NPDES permit would be considered an infringement of the State of Washington Water Pollution Control Law (Chapter 90.48 RCW) and the National Clean Water Act and would be subject to enforcement action by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Any permittee could be fined up to $25,000 per day, per violation, for failure to comply with the conditions of the permit.
A stormwater utility generates revenue by charging users, property owners, a fee based on the expected amount of stormwater runoff from the property. These fees are then used to implement stormwater management programs in a given jurisdiction.
Yakima County’s stormwater utility was created in 2008. The utility assesses an annual user fee to approximately 10,500 parcels within the service area and generates an operating budget of approximately $500,000 in order to fund stormwater management activities required by the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater permit.
The United States EPA issued new stormwater regulations in 1999 that require communities the size of Yakima, Union Gap, Selah, Sunnyside, and urban Yakima County to control water pollution from stormwater runoff. These Phase II communities are required to implement municipal stormwater programs that will reduce stormwater pollution discharges. Washington State Department of Ecology, that administers the NPDES program in Washington, issued the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit on February 16, 2007. The permit requires communities that meet certain criteria to perform 6 control measures, comply with any TMDL processes and monitor the effectiveness of their program. This is known as the “6+2” requirement.
Stormwater utilities in each community provide revenue to pay for operation and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure and permit compliance for stormwater discharges. Yakima County’s stormwater utility pays for the stormwater management program, which manages a wide variety of services and activities. The following is a list of some of the primary services and activities:
The utility service areas for the cities of Yakima and Sunnyside are the city limits. Selah and Union Gap currently do not have a stormwater utility. For urban Yakima County, the utility service area is the larger of either the Urban Growth Area, or the U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Census definition of “urban” based on population density. The County utility service area mirrors the extent of the regulated municipal storm sewer system defined in the Washington Department of Ecology Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. A map of the Yakima County Stormwater Utility boundary is available online.
Impervious surface means those disturbed or hard surfaced areas that either prevent or impede the natural entry of water into the soil. Rooftops, buildings, streets, parking lots, sidewalks, asphalt, concrete, other paving, driveways, patios, artificial turf and storage areas are all examples of impervious surfaces. These improvements effect natural infiltration, creates more runoff, increases the rate of runoff and alters runoff patterns of stormwater that drains from an area.
No. The stormwater utility fee is a user fee. Although the fee is a cost to property owners, it is not a tax on the value of the property. It is assessed depending on the amount of impervious surface which is related to the amount of stormwater runoff. The stormwater utility fee is collected to finance current costs associated with stormwater management in the urban areas of Yakima County. This is similar to fees collected to handle and manage solid waste.
Almost every property discharges some stormwater into the public drainage systems, even if it is not noticeable to you. Many properties generally discharge runoff during snow melt when ground conditions are frozen. If absolutely no stormwater drains from your property, even during severe storms or periods of frozen ground, you may still be served by the existence of a regional stormwater program.
Public properties also discharge to the public drainage system, thus stormwater from the roads you drive on, parks you recreate in, and emergency service facilities you rely on contribute to stormwater pollution. Keep in mind that a lot of stormwater does run off from other properties. Properly controlling that stormwater runoff is a very real service to you and other property owners.
The pollutants in stormwater go to area creeks, streams, and lakes and affect the health of people, fish, wildlife and other natural resources that depend on those habitats. That same water is pumped for irrigation on crops and for use in drinking water. Stormwater quality affects everyone, even though the sources are generally a result of urbanization.
Yes. A permit is required for the movement of all the following, on Yakima County Roads:
Please review the Special Motor Vehicle Checklist for all requirements. To request a permit, please call Yakima County Public Services 509-574-2300.
Please submit the completed application to Kendra Dorais, fax 509-574-2301, direct line 509-574-2302
If a parcel is sold at a foreclosure sale for an amount greater than the minimum bid, the surplus monies (excess proceeds) can be claimed by the previous recorded title owner provided that all registered liens having a legal right to claim the money have been satisfied. If a valid claim has not been received after a three year period, the surplus is deposited into County funds. (RCW 84.64.080).
The amount of fees or compensation provided to third parties assisting in locating or purporting to locate any property or surplus funds is limited to 5% of the value returned to the rightful owner under RCW 63.29.350. Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than the amount of the fee or charge he or she has sought or received or contracted for, and not more than 10 times such amount, or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.
There is a secure drop box located outside the entrance of the Courthouse and a new secure drive-up drop box located across from the Courthouse on the north side of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, both available 24/7. There are also drop boxes located inside the Treasurer’s Office or along the West Wall outside of our office.
Our office may not have your most current mailing address. However, you do not need the property tax statement to make your payment. You can find your tax and assessment information under the heading of Pay Property Taxes. Just include your parcel number with your payment to avoid any complications in having your payment applied.
Please remember, even if you have not received your property tax statement, it is your responsibility to pay the taxes in a timely manner to avoid delinquent charges.
This information is located under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 458-18-215 and may be accessed in the Paying Property Taxes Under Protest (PDF). You must follow the directions provided explicitly in order to maintain your right to an appeal.
Any property/mobile home located in the following city limits are subject to a 1.78% excise tax fee plus an additional $5 for a state technology fee: Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Sunnyside, Union Gap, Wapato, Yakima and Zillah.
All other locations are subject to a 1.53% excise tax fee plus the additional $5 for the state technology fee.
Note: Excise tax and/or transfer fees must be paid in cash or certified funds.
The Washington State Department of Revenue maintains the most current excise tax rates.
There is a Real Estate Excise Tax Supplemental Statement (PDF) that must be signed by both parties, and it must accompany the completion of a Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit and your conveyance document.
You must file an appeal petition with the Yakima County Board of Equalization by July 1 of the assessment year or within 60 days of when the change of value notice was mailed, whichever date is later. Appeal forms are physically available from the clerk of the Board or the Assessor's Office. You can also find the forms online here. More information is available on the Board of Equalization Website about appealing your value.
In the County Courthouse
The Yakima County Water Resource System (YCWRS) is a county owned and operated water system that provides "mitigated" water supplies for the withdrawal of water from a groundwater permit exempt well. The YCWRS holds senior water rights and allows the use of such rights by the public when wells are constructed and metered according to YCWRS procedures.
Using a YCWRS permitted well is one way an applicant for a building permit or land use permit requiring potable water can obtain evidence of the legal availability of water.
A YCWRS domestic well permit may be obtained when an applicant applies to the Yakima County Public Services Department for a building permit or land use permit that required potable water.
There are several steps required to obtain a YCWRS well permit. Further instructions are noted on the last page of the permit. Department staff can also guide you through the process.
The initial cost of a YCWRS domestic well permit is $650.00, payable at the time of application. In addition, a new YCWRS customer is responsible for the cost to install a water meter on their well at an estimated cost of $500.00 for the meter. (Labor is not included in this estimate)
The annual cost for a YCWRS domestic well permit is the total of the ready to serve charge and the water consumption charge. The ready to serve charge is $35.00 per quarter or $140.00 annually. The water consumption charge is based on the amount of water used and is calculated based on meter readings using the fee schedule contained in the water system ordinance.
Yes. An application for a building permit to improve, repair, or replace a residential structure that was permitted prior to January 1, 2018 that is served by an existing permit-exempt well is exempt from the requirement. In addition, applications for building permits for the buildings that do not require potable water such as a shed, barn, or garage are also exempt from the requirement.
Starting on January 1, 2018 an applicant for a building permit or other development permit that requires potable water is required to provide evidence that their proposed use will be served by an adequate water supply when they submit their application to the county for approval.
A supply of water that is adequate to serve a land use in terms of (a) water quality, water quantity and (b) legal availability.
(a) What evidence is required in terms of water quality and quantity?
(b) What evidence is required in terms of the legal availability of water?
Means a well (existing well or proposed well) withdrawing water under the groundwater permit exemption contained in RCW 90.44.050.
RCW 90.44.050 - Permit to Withdraw
After June 6, 1945, no withdrawal of public groundwaters of the state shall be begun, nor shall any well or other works for such withdrawal be constructed, unless an application to appropriate such waters has been made to the department and a permit has been granted by it as herein provided: EXCEPT, HOWEVER, That any withdrawal of public groundwaters for stock-watering purposes, or for the watering of a lawn or of a noncommercial garden not exceeding one-half acre in area, or for single or group domestic uses in an amount not exceeding five thousand gallons a day, or as provided in RCW 90.44.052, or for an industrial purpose in an amount not exceeding five thousand gallons a day, is and shall be exempt from the provisions of this section, but, to the extent that it is regularly used beneficially, shall be entitled to a right equal to that established by a permit issued under the provisions of this chapter: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the department from time to time may require the person or agency making any such small withdrawal to furnish information as to the means for and the quantity of that withdrawal: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That at the option of the party making withdrawals of groundwaters of the state not exceeding five thousand gallons per day, applications under this section or declarations under RCW 90.44.090 may be filed and permits and certificates obtained in the same manner and under the same requirements as is in this chapter provided in the case of withdrawals in excess of five thousand gallons a day.
An approved water purveyor is an entity that owns a public water system approved by either:
Provide a letter from the owner (purveyor) of a Group A or Group B water system that was approved prior to January 1, 2018, that states the water system's ability to provide water to an applicant's project is sufficient evidence of an adequate water supply for an applicant's project.
An applicant proposing to use a Group A or Group B water system approved after January 1, 2018, must go through an "Adequate Water Supply Review and Determination".
Other purveyors (not a complete list): Buena Water, Crewport, City of Moxee, Not Hill Water, Parker Water, Terrace Heights Water, City of Toppenish Water, City of Yakima, Zillah Water Systems.
A shared well is a term that describes a well that is used to serve up to two (2) water connections. A shared well requires approval from YHD. (i.e.: Single family residence and an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) on the same parcel; or single family residences on two (2) separate parcels.)
Shared wells typically have a 100' well control zone and require additional approval for structures that are (or proposed to be) located within the 100' control zone.
Surface water in the Yakima River Basin has been fully adjudicated and it is recognized that existing water rights exceed the amount of water available. It is also recognized that the withdrawal of water from a permit exempt well reduces the amount of water available in the Yakima River and that this reduction impairs senior water right holders from obtaining their full water allocation. This impairment of a more senior right is a violation of the state's prior appropriation doctrine ("first in time, first in right"). The YCWRS water supply is a "mitigated water supply" that mitigates for this impairment of offsetting the reduction in surface water caused by each well with senior water rights owned by the YCWRS.
No. The new county ordinance only affects new development permitted after January 1, 2018, that is proposing to use a permit exempt well as its potable water source.
No. Only new building permits issued after January 1, 2018 are subject to the new regulations.
Yes. An application for a building permit to improve, construct an addition, repair, or replace a residential structure that was permitted prior to January 1, 2018 that is served by an existing permit-exempt well is exempt from the requirement to provide evidence of an adequate water supply.
Note: Adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) would typically require a metered/well permit.
Yes. If an existing well is decommissioned for quality or quantity purposes then a new permit-exempt well may be drilled without approval from Yakim County.
No. However, you will need evidence of the legal availability of water when you apply for a building permit. In addition, if you plan on applying for a YCWRS domestic well permit in the future, then you need to make sure that your well is deep enough to meet the YCWRS well depth requirements prior to drilling your well. The Yakima County Water Resources Division will determine the appropriate depth for new wells and existing wells.
An applicant who submits a building permit or other development permit after January 1, 2018, that requires potable water is required to provide evidence that their proposed use will be served by an adequate water supply when they submit their application to the county for approval.
If you do not have irrigation water available or have no used your well for prior irrigation, then a YCWRS domestic well permit allows the legal use of your well for any purpose up to a maximum daily withdraw of 5,000 gallons per day.
Yes. When you submit the building permit application for the new house (or an accessory dwelling unit), you will be required to provide evidence that the new home or ADU will be served by adequate water supply. (The pre-existing house is exempt from this requirement.)
No. Stock watering is primarily regulated by the State through the Department of Ecology, not the County. As long as you continue using the well for just stock watering, you do not need a permit from the county.
The subdividing of land requires an applicant to provide evidence that the lots created by the subdivision will be served by an adequate water supply when they submit their application to the county for approval. The following procedures apply for applicants choosing to utilize a YCWRS domestic well or wells as evidence for adequate water supply:
(a) Applications for a subdivision relying on a new shared well or new Group A or B water system are required to install the well and connect each lot prior to the finalization of the plat. Each lot will be required to obtain a YCWRS domestic well permit and install a water meter on their property at the time they submit an application for a building permit for a building that requires potable water.
(b) Application for a subdivision relying on individual wells to serve each lot is required to include a plat note on the final plat that commits future owners of the vacant lots to provide evidence of adequate water supply prior to the issuance of building permits. Additionally, the applicant will also be required to sign and record a restrictive covenant that also commits future owners of the vacant lots to provide evidence of adequate water supply prior to the issuance building permits. Each lot will be required to obtain a YCWRS domestic well permit and install a water meter on their property at the time they submit an application for a building permit for a building that requires potable water.