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Annexation is simply the process of expanding the City limits to include properties currently situated outside the City.
Annexation allows allows long-term planning for essential public services and infrastructure. The City of Monroe is expected to continue growing. As we grow, the City wants to be smart about long-term investments to maintain essential public services and service levels that benefit the entire community. Annexation of unincorporated areas broadens our revenue and allows us to make investments that benefit everyone. Annexation also allows us to address future service needs while providing flexibility in how we fund projects that are of high importance to the community, including police, roads, streets and parks.
The Urban Growth Area is the area surrounding the City where urban development is to occur. This is to contain growth and prevent development from sprawling into the rural areas of the County. Part of a county’s long-range planning process involves designating, expanding, and reducing UGA boundaries, in consultation with the cities affected. UGAs should be able to accommodate the urban growth that will occur over the next 20 years.
The most common method used is the Petition Method of Annexation. It starts with the property owner and is based on the tax assessed value of property. Any area that is to be annexed must have property owners representing at least 60% of the tax assessed value of the area requesting annexation. A rough analogy would be that a property owner “votes” with their tax assessed value. A super majority (60%) in favor of annexation is required for the annexation to be successful. For annexation laws see RCW 35A.14.120. For information on tax assessed values, contact the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office by phone at (425) 388-3433 or online at https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5167/Assessor.
Washington State law allows cities to “pre-zone” properties that are in their Urban Growth Area (UGA). The zoning goes into effect when the properties are annexed into the City. On October 22, 2019, the City Council adopted zoning for all of the properties in the City’s UGA. Future zones for properties in the UGA were assigned according to the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map (see map by clicking here). Please see the table below to determine your new zoning:
In the event of a denial, a developer will not be allowed to access the City’s sanitary sewer system, which may impact future developments. However, those developments currently under construction are generally grandfathered by “no protest” agreements that allow access to sewer if the developer signs a contract assuring that they will not oppose any future attempts at annexation.
Instead of paying County taxes for surface water management, the library system, and the Snohomish County surface water fee, new residents would pay locally for utilities, street maintenance, stormwater management, and the Monroe library capital bond. After annexation, property taxes, which fund City schools and the hospital, would remain about the same for new residents, as shown in the table below.
2020 Snohomish County Residents
2020 City of
Difference in Taxes after Annexation
Decrease of $122 per year
($10.17 per month)
Decrease of $116 per year
($9.67 per month)
Decrease of $110 per year
($9.17 per month)
Decrease of $104 per year
($8.67 per month)
Decrease of $98 per year
($8.17 per month)
Decrease of $92 per year
($7.67 per month)
Decrease of $86 per year
($7.17 per month)
Decrease of $80 per year
($6.67 per month)
The main difference between these two codes is that the IBC can be used to design any building or structure. The scope of the IBC states that its provisions apply to the "construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures."
The IRC has a scope that is limited to one and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures, open on at least two sides.
The building codes enforced in the City of Monroe include:
The City of Monroe has local amendments to these codes MMC 15.04. The State Building Code Council has statewide amendments SBCC.
If the shed is one story and has a roof area that measures less than 200 square feet and is an accessory structure to a one- or two-family dwelling, then a permit is not required. However, there are still specific setback requirements from the property line. For the specific setback requirements contact the Planning Department at 360-863-4513.
If you intend to hire a contractor please review the information provided on the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.
Per IRC 105.2 decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30” above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the required egress door per IRC Section 311.4 are exempt from permit.
Beginning January 2, 2020 you can schedule Building, Public Works and Fire Department inspections online through our website. We will continue to offer our 24-hour voicemail system by calling 360-863-4545 ext #1 for building to schedule an inspection. Inspection requests must be made by 4:00 p.m. to be scheduled for the next day. Leave your name, contact phone number, site address, permit number, type of inspection, and am or pm* request. When pouring concrete, please specify the time of the pour.
All permits and approved plans are required to be on-site at the time of the inspection. All inspections must be called in, even if there is a Special Inspection Agency conducting the inspection.
*am - requests between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 noon
*pm - requests between the hours of 1:00 and 3:30 pm
For information on design criteria for Monroe please visit the "Building" page and click on this link for more information.
First, you will want to verify height restrictions, setbacks from property lines and allowable lot coverage with the Planning Department @ 360-863-4513. The Building Department will then assist you in determining what types of permits will be required and the submittal requirements. Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
You may download permit applications from the Permit Applications page, stop by City Hall, or call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 and the application package may be sent to you.
Electrical permits and inspections are processed by the WA State Department of Labor and Industries.
Yes, a fence permit is required. Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 for more information. There is no fee for a fence permit.
If the pool or spa / hot tub is a minimum 24” or deeper, a permit is required. The plans submitted for the pool or spa/hot tub must also include details on the required barrier. For more information please contact the Building Department at 360-863-4527.
The City of Monroe follows the Washington State Retention Schedule. Residential plans are destroyed 90 days after final occupancy. For public records, you can request them at this link.
Work on a project may not begin before the proper permits are obtained and the permit(s) and approved plans are on site. Work commencing prior to permit issuance is subject to double fees equal to permit and plan review fee Table 1-A and Table 103.4.2(A).
After obtaining the proper permits any person may work on their own property, whether they occupy the property or not. Owners of commercial properties may use their own employees to do maintenance, repair, and alteration work on their own properties. A tenant may work on their tenant space with permission from the owner. See RCW 18.27.090 for more information.
Yes, the city offers a Basic Plan program once the original plan has been approved. For more information on this program, you can find the details here.
City Hall is closed through April 6, 2020 per Governor Jay Inslee’s "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Proclamation. Most services can still be provided to the public as staff works remotely. A staff directory, including email addresses, can be found here.
Community Development360-863-4501Building and Engineering submittals and general permitting questions: email@example.comLand Use submittals and general permitting questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility PaymentsUse dropboxPay by phone 360-794-7400 (no additional fee)Pay online monroewa.gov/pay (no additional fee)
Our numbers are: City Hall (360)794-7400 Police Department (360)794-6300 Municipal Court (360)863-4548
For police or medical emergencies, continue to call 9-1-1. If you need to make a non-emergency police report or to speak to an officer, please call 425-407-3999.
The City of Monroe will not be processing passport applications at this time. We will be evaluating these services on a weekly basis. Please check the City’s website and Facebook page for updates.
Many passport renewals, including name changes, can be done through the mail, and do not require you visit a passport acceptance facility. Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for applications and additional information.
The City of Monroe is taking the following steps to help our residential and business customers who might be worried about paying their bills:
The following organizations are available to assist our most vulnerable utility customers:
Salvation Army 425-259-8129
Sky Valley Food Bank 360-794-7959
Take the Next Step 360-794-1022
St. Vincent DePaul 425-355-3505
Volunteers of America 425-259-3192
By issuing this Proclamation, officials can assure the City of Monroe has the tools in place and is ready to take appropriate actions quickly, when needed, to protect the health and safety of the community.
It allows the City to react quickly to developments in this fast-moving, fluid situation.
It allows the City to waive competitive bidding requirements to procure supplies and make other necessary expenditures quickly without going through the usual time-consuming bidding procedures.
It allows the mayor to exercise civil emergency powers by issuing orders, directing City personnel, services and equipment, and taking additional acts necessary to the manage this emergency.
We are asking all residents who need to make payments to Monroe City Hall, the Police Department, or the Monroe Municipal Court, to please make them by mail or over the telephone. Service charges associated with telephone payments will be waived until further notice. Utility and permit payments can be made on the City’s website.
Fingerprinting services are temporarily suspended. The City of Monroe will not be performing any fingerprinting services at this time. We will be evaluating these services on a weekly basis. Please check the City’s website and Facebook page for updates.
First time CPL applications that do require fingerprinting will not be accepted at this time.
CPL Renewals do not require fingerprints and will be accepted via mail unless expired over 90 days. Please mail your completed application (PDF), a copy of your driver’s license, and a check for payment to the Monroe Police Department, 818 W. Main St, Monroe, WA 98272. The fee is $32 for renewal, $42 for a late renewal, and $3.75 extra for lamination.
CPL applications may be sent online through the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office but keep in mind they are overburdened since many agencies are not currently fingerprinting.
Garbage service has not been affected. For up-to-date information, please visit Republic Services of Washington.
The court office is currently closed to any walk up customers. Most court hearings have been cancelled. The exceptions are the in custody calendar via video, and arraignments for DUI/Physical Control/Assault 4 DV/Violation of a Protection Order. These case types will remain set for arraignment on next available calendar.
For complete details, please read the Monroe Municipal Court Administrative Order in the matter of Emergency Response to COVID-19 and Threat to Public Health (PDF).
Still have questions? Give us a call at (360) 863-4548.
Based on current State and Federal guidance, and the City’s response to COVID-19, portions of our operations have been modified to accommodate our staff and the community. We will reassess the situation after April 1, 2020.
Permit Processing and Review: Staff is working both remotely and in the office to review and intake permit applications, and process permits electronically. Our Planners and Plans Examiners are also working both remotely and in the office to provide normal levels of service to the public. If you have a permit currently in the review process, you should be hearing from our staff just like before. Staff will be available by phone and email during normal business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. If you have questions or would like to speak with a staff member, please call our Permit Center line at 360-863-4501 or email email@example.com.
Inspections: City of Monroe building inspections will be limited effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Updated inspection hours:
We will reassess these hours after April 1, 2020.
Please do not request inspections for work that is inside an occupied home or building in which occupants are displaying symptoms of illness, are currently sick, or have been sick within the past 14 days.
If your inspection involves work in an occupied home or work area, and inspection is not time sensitive, please consider postponing your request for a later date. This may apply to replacement of water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, or other inspection types.
Please be aware that inspections may be canceled or postponed at the inspector’s discretion if there are any health concerns regarding exposure to sick or symptomatic customers.
Thank you for your understanding.
City of Monroe building inspections will be limited effective March 18, 2020.
Current inspection hours:
Please do not request inspections for work that is inside an occupied home or building in which occupants are displaying symptoms of illness, are currently sick, or have been sick within the past 14 days. If your inspection involves work in an occupied home or work area, and inspection is not time sensitive, please consider postponing your request for a later date. This may apply to replacement of water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, or other inspection types.
Please be aware that inspections may be cancelled or postponed at the inspector’s discretion if there are any health concerns regarding exposure to sick or symptomatic customers.
We are not accepting payments in person at this time.
Payments can be made using the following methods:
Traffic Infraction Hearings:All traffic hearings scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 24, 2020 requiring a personal appearance are stricken and cases will be reset to a calendar after April 24, 2020. New hearing notices will be mailed by the Court. Hearings currently calendared for appearance on a written by-mail statement pursuant to IRLJ 3.5 will continue to be heard. The time for hearing provisions as set out in IRLJ 2.6 are suspended. Anyone who receives a notice of infraction is still required to respond to the notice of infraction within fifteen (15) days of the date the notice is personally served or, if the notice is served or, if the notice is served by mail, within eighteen (18) days of the date the notice is mailed.
Pursuant to the authority given this Court through Washington State Supreme Court Order No. 25700-B-602 and GR29, this Emergency Order is effective March 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect unless renewed, modified, or rescinded by the Monroe Municipal Court Judge. Please read the complete Administrative Order for scheduling details of traffic infraction hearings and criminal hearings.
Playgrounds/playground structures are closed through April 30, 2020. The health and safety of our community is our top concern, and we are doing our part to help contain the spread of this virus. We are making daily assessments based on Public Health’s guidance, and we will do our best to communicate any changes in our operations as quickly as possible.
Monroe Community Senior Center has decided out of an abundance of caution to close. At this point we will follow the school district closures, which are scheduled through April 24.
We will reassess and re-evaluate on a regular basis and keep you updated.
Community Breakfasts on March 21 and April 18 are cancelled.
Our Annual Auction is postponed until October 10, 2020.
Sack lunches are available at the front door Mon-Fri from 12:00-12:30pm.
Although MCSC has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, this will limit exposure to our participants.
We will continue to provide essential transportation for the time being. For information on the signup process, Call 360-794-6359. MCSC will be busy strategizing on ways to continue to provide critical services in a way that protects the health of our members, staff and volunteers.
For up-to-date information, please visit: Monroe Community Senior Center
On March 12, Governor Inslee announced a mandate that all public and private schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties close from March 16 through April 24. Therefore, Monroe schools will be closed through April 24, 2020. Visit your school district’s website for more information.
All Board and Commission meetings are cancelled through March 31, 2020. We will reassess this after that time and provide an update.
Jury service is cancelled through April 24, 2020, and will be continued to a trial term after April 24, 2020.
Questions? Call the Municipal Court at 360-863-4521.
Permit Processing and Review:Staff is working both remotely and in the office to review and intake permit applications, and process permits electronically. Our Planners and Plans Examiners are also working both remotely and in the office to provide normal levels of service to the public. If you have a permit currently in the review process, you should be hearing from our staff just like before. Staff will be available by phone and email during normal business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. If you have questions or would like to speak with a staff member, please call our Permit Center line at 360-863-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electric: PUD (425) 783-1000; Natural Gas: Puget Sound Energy (888) 225-5773; Solid Waste: Republic Services (800) 942-5965
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), (800) 832-5452
Monroe Municipal Court, 806 W. Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272. (360) 863-4548
Yes. Licenses for dogs and cats are available HERE with proof of rabies vaccination. There is a $15 annual fee for each altered pet (spayed/neutered), and a $30 annual fee for each unaltered pet. Contact the PD—(360) 794-6300.
Yes, with a permit. Contact Amy Bright at (360) 863-4533 or email@example.com.
Business licenses are required if your place of business is within the City limits. Refer to www.monroewa.gov/bl. Contact Amy Bright at (360) 863-4533 or firstname.lastname@example.org with Business Licensing Questions.
Mail-in forms are available at the School District Office, the Library, and at the Fire Department.
Information about City job openings can be obtained HERE, on Comcast channel 21, or by calling Human Resources at (360) 863-4523.
Call Public Works at (360) 794-6100 during regular business hours, or go online HERE. Call 911 after normal business hours to report any situation that is an emergency such as a fallen or missing STOP sign.
Call Snohomish County PUD at (425) 783-1000 during regular business hours. You will need to provide the address of the pole and the pole number.
Yes. A fence permit is required. Information and applications can be found HERE. Please contact Leigh Anne Barr, Permit Technician at email@example.com for information on the process. There is no charge for a fence permit.
No gas-powered motors of any size and no electric motors in excess of 1 ¾ HP, including model boats, are allowed on Lake Tye, unless otherwise approved by a special event permit. MMC.9.28.110.
Dogs are welcome in our parks; however, the following rules apply to ensure a great experience for all:
Wiggle Field is a designated area where your dog can freely run at-large with others but please observe Wiggly Field rules.
Yes, please refer to our special event application here for more information.
Yes please click here for a list of our rules.
The city may require you to provide commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence with the city named as an additional insured on the policy for the duration of the special event. If insurance is required, you will have to provide the city with a certified copy of the policy naming the city as an additional insured.
The Lake Tye water level fluctuates by approximately 3 feet seasonally. A bathymetric survey was done on the south half of the lake in 2012. At that time, the lake at its deepest point was approximately 29 feet. Certified city staff consistently monitors water levels to ensure the proper functioning and environmental health of the lake.
Submit a completed Special Event Application to the city for approval, 90 days in advance of the proposed event.
To guarantee a spot in a gazebo or for a covered area, you need to reserve them by contacting 360-863-4559. If there is not a reservation then it is first come first serve.
No, however there are several different campgrounds in our area, including: Eagle Park RV Park, Flowing Lake, The Evergreen State Fairgrounds Campground and Thunderbird RV and Camping Resort.
City Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Although fishing is allowed year-round, you must have fishing license per the Fish & Wildlife guidelines.
A special event is defined as any kind of activity that is out of the norm for activities typically occurring in the area where the event is proposed to take place, or an activity that may impact public places, areas or facilities. For practical purposes, this includes, but is not limited to, parades, fun runs, art fairs, bicycle runs, car shows, and triathlons. Events involving 30 or fewer people are usually exempt from this permitting process, but please check with the City to be certain.
One lap is equal to 1.63 miles. 2 laps around the loop is equal to the distance of a 5k.
One lap is equal to .75 miles.
The mesh fencing is removed each year between the months of October – April due to annual flooding. This particular fence was designed to withstand the damage of annual floods.
Lewis Street Boat Launch is owned and maintained by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Generally speaking, a permit is required if you are starting a new construction project, remodeling and/or planning to change the footprint of an original structure, changing the roof pitch, or making any structural changes. It's better to assume that you need a permit and check with the Permit Assistance Center rather than proceed on a project and find out later that it is not in compliance. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions at 360-863-4501.
Every permit application includes a list of submittal requirements. You will see those requirements when you open the application PDF. You can view them here Permit applications.
Irrigation systems are required to have backflow protection. A plumbing permit is required to install a backflow prevention assembly.
An appointment is not necessary to apply for paper permits; however, it is preferred to ensure staff is available. You can also apply for permits on line here . Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 if you need further assistance or for more details.
The City of Monroe Fee Resolution can be found on the City of Monroe’s website at this link. You may also call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 for status updates.
For information on mitigation fees, view the City of Monroe Fee Resolution or call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
The current Zoning map can be found here in PDF format. This will allow you to zoom in to the specific property you are searching for. If you need further assistance, you can contact the Planning Department at 360-863-4513.
For property maps and data, you can access that information on the Snohomish County Assessor's web site at https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5167/Assessor
A home business, also defined as a Home Occupation in the Monroe Municipal Code, does have certain criteria required to be met before a business can be approved. For more information, you can find the code section here .
If you are conducting business within the Monroe city limits and your gross earnings exceed $2,000.00 per year, you will need to register your business with the City of Monroe. The City of Monroe and State of Washington Business Licensing Service are involved in a combined licensing one-stop system that allows you to obtain state and city licenses at the same time. You will receive a master license from the state, showing your city general business endorsement.
The fee for a Monroe license is $50 plus a $19 state fee - paid to the Business License service during the State application process.
For property setbacks and additional information on a specific property, the Monroe Municipal Code, Chapter 22, outlines that in the bulk requirements. You can contact the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 to determine what zone your property is located in as that is what will determine your setbacks.
Sign permit applications are located here.
When inquiring about subdividing your property, the City of Monroe recognizes that citizens may have questions relating to several various departments within the city. A Pre-Development meeting provides you an opportunity, early in the planning stage, to meet with Development Review representatives who will assist you with preliminary direction regarding your proposed project. Per Title 22 of the Monroe Municipal Code, permit Types I & II are encouraged to attend and permit Types III & IV are required to attend the Pre-Development meeting. To determine which category your project may fall under you can contact the Planning Division at 360-863-4513. From there, upon completion of the Pre-application checklist, along with documents to support your project, you can call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 and staff will assist you in scheduling a meeting.
For questions and status of current projects and/or project updates, please feel free to contact the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
When a subdivision is filed for recording with Snohomish County, a copy of the Covenants are filed along with it. You can find them and request copies at the Snohomish County Public Records Department.
The adopted zoning map can be located here on the city's website.
Yes, current Land Use maps can be found here
There are several ways that you can submit comments on a project:
For Non-Emergencies, call 425-407-3999
When you call 9-1-1, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
All employment positions are listed through the City of Monroe Human Resources Department.
Citizens requiring a copy of a police report may make a request at the police department during business hours. All requests need to be made in writing through our City Open Public Records Portal (CLICK HERE). Every effort will be made to supply the requested information, however some cases under investigation or containing non-conviction data may not be available for release. A response to all requests will be provided within five business days. A $1.50 processing fee for the first five pages may be required for copies of records to be released. Call 360-794-6300 for more information.
Effective June 24, 2019, the Monroe Police Department will be fingerprinting individuals that live inside the city limits of Monroe only as well as Monroe School District employees. Fingerprinting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There may be occasions that arise during an emergency situation that may prevent immediate service, however; alternate dates and times will be provided. View more information on fingerprinting services.
We want to hear about your experience with the Monroe Police Department.
What did we do well? What can we do better? Whether you want to compliment an outstanding officer or employee or provide feedback about a disappointment, all of your comments are welcomed and valued.
You may contact us in person, by telephone, or written correspondence including email: Monroe Police Department 818 W. Main St. Monroe, WA 98272 Phone: 360-794-6300 Email
Unused or expired medications can be disposed of at this location in Monroe:
Pharm A Save
17788 147th St SE
Monroe, WA 98272
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a Proclamation directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians. This order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at midnight (2400 hrs).
Questions? Please contact James Palmer, Economic Development Specialist at 360-631-0050, or by email at email@example.com
Yes. We encourage you to contact your landlord to speak directly about your current situation.
On March 18, 2020, using his Declared State of Emergency, Governor Inslee issued a 30-Day Moratorium on evictions. For property owners, the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Department of Revenue is asking all businesses to still file their returns if they are able to do so. Upon request, the Department will provide extensions for paying tax returns (even if the request is after the due date).
This only applies to returns that are due and not already paid during the state of emergency (Feb. 29, 2020, through the end of the state of emergency, yet to be determined).
For more information: https://dor.wa.gov/about/business-relief-during-covid-19-pandemic
The City’s NO water shut-off policy applies to businesses. The City of Monroe is taking the following steps to help our residential and business customers who might be worried about paying their bills:
Puget Sound Energy & Snohomish Public Utility District
• No disconnection tariffs for nonpayment during this emergency
• Waiving late fees for customers who are out of work
• Offering customers payment plans
• Expanded bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.
The governor is also suspending some restrictions on the rate-making authority of the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, to enable the use of ratepayer dollars to provide economic assistance to customers who are affected by COVID-19. This provides UTC authority to approve the expanded use of energy bill assistance funds to customers who are out of work, or working significantly reduced hours, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:
• Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
• Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
• Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.
Yes! Please contact James Palmer, Economic Development Specialist at 360-631-0050 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on current State and Federal guidance, and the City’s response to COVID-19, portions of our operations have been modified to accommodate our staff and the community. We will reassess the situation after April 1, 2020.
Permit Processing and Review:
Staff is working both remotely and in the office to review and intake permit applications, and process permits electronically. Our Planners and Plans Examiners are also working both remotely and in the office to provide normal levels of service to the public. If you have a permit currently in the review process, you should be hearing from our staff just like before. Staff will be available by phone and email during normal business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. If you have questions or would like to speak with a staff member, please call our Permit Center line at 360-863-4501 or email email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revenue will delay issuing new compliance assessments until mid-April and reassess then. This delay includes tax warrants, notices of withhold and deliver, and revocations.
Upon request, Revenue will work with taxpayers that are impacted by COVID-19 to adjust payment plan amounts or extend payment dates 30 to 60 days. If payment is extended, additional penalties that would have normally accrued during the extension period will be waived.
Businesses with a temporary registration that have had their event cancelled should notify the Department by replying to the original email they received when obtaining their temporary certificate. If you no longer have the original email, you may send a message to email@example.com to cancel your temporary registration.
The Department of Revenue will waive the BLS delinquency fee for late renewals through April 17, 2020. Please check back to see if this date gets extended.
Please note that penalties and interest accrued prior to February 29, 2020, will not be waived. There will be no refunds for penalties and interest paid during the state of emergency.
What if I have questions about paying my property taxes?
Please contact your local county treasurer: https://dor.wa.gov/taxes-rates/property-tax/county-assessor-and-treasurer-websites
Businesses can request the relief above by sending a secure email in their My DOR (link below) account or by calling Revenue’s customer service staff at 360-705-6705, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Create social distancing in the workplace:
More information here.
The Sky Valley Food Bank is delivering emergency boxes of food to 98272 addresses. Please call the Sky Valley Food Bank at 360-794-7959 to sign up. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Meal service will continue throughout the extent of Governor Inslee’s Executive Order for Washington residents to stay at home. The provision of meals to children is considered an “essential operation” and therefore is permitted to continue. Free grab and go meals will continue to be handed out from 11:30-1:30 Monday through Friday at all five elementary schools and meal deliveries will continue to designated locations. The list of locations and times can be found here: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/departments/health-services/coronavirus/meals-for-students . When picking up meals, we urge all students and families to please maintain social distancing to protect themselves and our community from further spreading of the COVID-19 virus.
Monroe Boys and Girls Club: https://bgcsc.org/snohomish-clubs/monroe-club/ Normal childcare rates will be discounted by 50% to lessen the impact on our families during school closures. As a thank you to healthcare professionals and first responders, their children will be given free childcare during this time. Space is available for new members.
Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA: https://ymca-snoco.org/our-locations/monroesky-valley-ymca/ The YMCA is also offering daycare for healthcare and first responder families at no cost, with a $45.00 daily rate for drop-in children, and financial aid for families in need. School-Age Care will be held at Fryelands Elementary from 6:15am-6:30pm. Their Maltby Shuttle will be running during this time to provide services to families in need.
Miracles and Memories Academy: https://miraclesandmemoriesacademy.org/ Respite care for students with special needs. Limited spaces, so registration is required. Scholarships available.
For information on the Monroe School District’s response to Covid-19 visit: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/departments/health-services/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-faqs
Stormwater is rain and melting snow that runs off surfaces that cannot readily absorb water. These surfaces include rooftops, pavement, compacted gravel lots, and even frozen ground. Stormwater runoff picks up pollution, can cause erosion, and flooding problems. These problems occur when we alter the land and change the way water moves through the landscape.
As stormwater flows towards receiving waters such as streams, lakes, rivers, or soaks into the aquifer, it picks up pollutants. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, ground sediment, airborne dust, pet waste, oil, grease, fertilizers, chemicals, and litter.
The City of Monroe has an approved street tree listing that may be used for selecting tree specimens. Property owners are responsible for the care of the area in front of their property. Please submit a right of way disturbance permit before planting trees.
The City welcomes reports from drivers about roadways in need of repair. Providing us with the exact location (for example, eastbound lane on Main St just north of Dennis Way) will help speed response time. To report a pothole, fill out a request using Monroe Listens or call 360-794-6100.
The City has over 52 lane miles of roads that are swept on a regular basis. During the fall leaf season, two sweepers are operated to help reduce the chance of localized flooding. During spring to summer, sweeping resources are reduced in order to focus on other operational needs.
To request to have your street swept, please submit a request through Monroe Listens or call 360-794-6100. Requests will be reviewed.
No. Please do not blow leaves into the street. To properly dispose of leaves place them into a yard waste container. Leaves have the potential to back up storm drains and cause flooding. In addition, leaves piled in the street, can clog the street sweeper creating damage and delaying progress.
Trees need to be trimmed to a height of fourteen (14) feet above the street. Sidewalks need to be clear from overhead vegetation to a height of eight (8) feet, and all walkways must be clear of vegetation. Please click here for diagram.
We wish we had enough snowplows and drivers to take care of every street right away, but our resources are limited and so we must adhere to a carefully laid out system for clearing the streets. To keep our snow removal operations as effective and efficient as possible plows follow priority routes. Plows will remain on priority routes until they are clear.
When plowing, the snow may end up in the driveway you just shoveled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you. If your schedule permits, you may want to wait and clear your driveway after city plows have passed through your street. If it is a significant snowfall, the snowplows will probably be back and make a second pass. Streets are typically opened with one pass through, so that streets can be made passable for drivers as soon as practical. Snowplows usually return to open the street curb-to-curb.
SNOW REMOVAL TIP… If your driveway is cleared before the street is completed, clear the area to the right of your driveway (when facing the house). When the plow comes by the snow will dump in this clear area, minimizing the amount left in your driveway.
Yes. The City of Monroe receives its water from the City of Everett. More information is available from the City of Everett.
The City of Monroe purchases its water from the City of Everett.
Lead enters drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. EPA and state regulations require water systems to monitor for the presence of lead at household taps every three years. Everett conducted its latest round of monitoring in 2015. The EPA action level is a maximum of 15 parts per billion for 90% of the samples. The highest level found in the 108 homes tested was 8 parts per billion. The 90th percentile result—the highest result obtained in 90 percent of the samples—was 2 parts per billion.Everett’s source water contains virtually no lead and Everett has eliminated lead lines and connections from its distribution system. Therefore, these results indicate that the lead level at household taps is most likely due to the corrosion of household plumbing systems. More information about lead monitoring requirements can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.Pregnant women and young children can be more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. If you have concerns about lead levels in your household water, there are several steps you can take:
For more information on lead in drinking water, or to find a certified lab near you, go to the Washington State Department of Health. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at the Environmental Protection Agency.
City of Monroe maintains a 24-hour emergency response service for your convenience. If you have a water related emergency after hours, call 425-239-0189.
For non-emergencies please call City Hall at 360-794-7400.
Some water supplies contain naturally-occurring fluoride. Monroe’s does not. Therefore, after a vote of the people in 1992, Everett (City of Monroe’s water supplier) began adding fluoride to the water supply for dental health purposes. In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed reducing the water fluoride concentration target to 0.7 ppm based on recent research. Based on this recommendation, Everett reduced the target fluoride residual in its drinking water to 0.8 ppm, which was the lowest level currently allowed by state regulations at that time. The Washington State Board of Health is adopted 0.7 ppm as the new standard on March 16, 2016. Everett subsequently reduced the target fluoride residual to 0.7 ppm. Information on fluoride in drinking water is available from the Washington State Department of Health.
Not necessarily. Like tap water, the safety of bottled water depends on where it comes from and how it is treated. Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and subject to stringent standards. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and held to different standards. If you are using bottled water for health purposes, you should research the product to make sure that it is providing the benefits you are looking for.
Chlorine is used to disinfect your drinking water and eliminate disease-causing microorganisms. For this reason, there may be an odor or taste of chlorine when you first turn on your faucet in the morning. This should dissipate after you run the water for a few minutes. However, if your water has a persistent taste or odor, call Monroe Public Works at 360-794-6100.
Your water comes from a high quality source and is treated effectively, the Washington State Department of Health advises that water treatment devices are not required. However, treatment devices, such as activated carbon filters, can be used to improve that taste of your water by removing chlorine and other substances that can cause poor taste or odors.
Water pressure in Monroe ranges from 35 to 120 pounds per square inch (PSI), depending on the location. If the water main that serves you has a pressure greater than 80 PSI, you should install a pressure-reducing valve set at 80 PSI or less to protect your plumbing. If you are concerned about your water pressure or faucet flow rates, check to see if you have galvanized iron plumbing or if the pipe that connects you to the City’s water line is galvanized iron. Over time, galvanized iron pipe corrodes on the inside and the rust can cause blockages that restrict the flow of water. If you have pressure or flow problems and your plumbing and service line are copper or plastic, call Monroe Public Works at 360-794-6100.