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Partial Year License Charge - depends upon application date:
July 1-31: $23 August 1-31: $21 September 1-30: $19 October 1-31: $17 November 1-30: $15December 1-31: $13January 1-31: $11February 1 - June30: $10 Temporary License Charge: $10 per month
Affordable Housing Sales Tax is a grant designed to incentivize the development of public services that provide housing support for those most at risk in our community.
Affordable Housing Sales and Use tax funds must be utilized for the following:
Increased Public Services: The Affordable Housing Sales Tax grant increases development opportunities for necessary public services by leveraging public and private funds.
Reduced Development Costs: The Affordable Housing Sales Tax grant reduces construction and land acquisition expenses to the developer through a grant paid as an advance by the city to the applicant.
The application process is simple and easy. All applicants will:
Affordable Housing Sales and Use taxes are collected upon the transaction of all retail sales in the City of Port Angeles at the rate of one-tenth of one percent.
Please email the City’s Housing Administrator at (email@example.com). You can also schedule an appointment with a planner by visiting www.cityofpa.us/BookAMeeting.
Please email the City’s Housing Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also schedule an appointment with a planner by calling (360) 417-4750 or visiting our website at www.cityofpa.us/BookAMeeting.
The Fee Waiver Program is designed to incentivize affordable housing and infill development consistent with the housing needs of the City of Port Angeles. The City has identified and exempted 15 different types of housing and 25 unique fees. By offering this exemption, the City is reducing the barrier of entry for new development to increase the rate new housing units are constructed.
Fees will only be waived for developments within the Port Angeles city limits.
As part of our commitment to promoting infill housing growth, the City of Port Angeles is proud to offer permit fees waivers for qualifying single-household projects.
Developed pursuant to Port Angeles Municipal Code (PAMC) Table 17.20.020, Dwelling Units and Supportive Housing in Commercial zones, 17.21 Residential Infill Design Standards,17.22 Commercial and Multifamily Design Standards (Multifamily residential allowed uses only), or 17.46 Property Tax Exemptions for Multi-family housing; AND
*Applicants will still be responsible for utility extensions where applicable.
To qualify for the fee waiver, the Developer must:
At a minimum, the contract provisions will include:
MFPTE programs are property tax waiver programs enacted by cities and counties to support local housing goals. Under Chapter 84.14 RCW, local governments can give exemptions for new construction, conversion, and rehabilitation of multifamily residential improvements with at least four units. Under these exemptions, a property owner does not pay property taxes on residential improvements for a given number of years. The property owner still pays tax on the land and on non-residential improvements like the commercial portion of a mixed-use building.
Promotes Housing Development: Incentivizes multi-family development and affordable housing.
Reduces Development Barriers: Reduces barrier to entry for new development by reducing costs through property tax exemption.
8-Year: There are income restrictions for affordable housing.
12-Year: requires at least 20% of housing units be reserved for low - and moderate-income households. Under the statute, household income is based on Area Median Income (AMI), with households with incomes at 80% of AMI or less considered “low income”, and households at 115% of AMI or lower “moderate income”. This MFPTE is used for providing affordable rental housing options, including choices in market-rate private housing projects.
20-Year: requires that 25% of units be reserved for affordable housing for households at 80% AMI or below, with a nonprofit or government agency sponsoring the sale and restrictions in place for resale to ensure long-term affordability.
If an application is conditionally approved, the applicant shall enter into a contract with the City regarding the terms and conditions of the project as provided in Port Angeles Municipal Code (PAMC) 17.47.040.A.9. The Director shall issue a conditional certificate of acceptance of tax exemption. If a project is not completed within three years, the conditional certificate expires unless an extension is granted as provided in this chapter.
Conditional Certificate: The conditional certificate is a temporary agreement between the City of Port Angeles and the multi-family developer to exempt taxes for residential improvements upon the completion of construction. The conditional certificate expires three years from the date of approval unless an extension is granted as provided in PAMC 17.46.060.
Final Certificate: The final certificate process is codified in the PAMC 17.46.070.
For further description please reference the application process codified in the PAMC 17.46.050.
Please email the City’s Housing Administrator at email@example.com. You can also schedule an appointment with a planner by calling (360) 417-4750 or visiting our website: www.cityofpa.us/BookAMeeting.
New Improvements for Community Enhancement of Neighborhoods (NICE) is a grant used for strategic, public capital investment in infrastructure for areas with high development and redevelopment potential. New investment and reduced infrastructure barriers can spur further development and redevelopment, therefore expanding the potential tax base of the City of Port Angeles.
NICE Neighborhoods funds must be utilized for improvements of off-site frontage and off-site public infrastructure and facilities that focus on improving inadequate infrastructure to support future development and redevelopment. Projects must meet additional criteria determined by the amount of funding requested which is illustrated in the tiers below.
The application must demonstrate the following:
The application must demonstrate all “small scale projects” requirements as well as the following:
The application must demonstrate all other “small and medium scale project” requirements as well as the following:
Increased Development Opportunity: These funds remove barriers to development by strategically upgrading offsite infrastructure that previously prohibited development from occurring.
Reduced Development Costs: These fundss reduce development costs by alleviating the burden of off-site improvements for qualifying development.
There are three tiers for funding requests $14,999 or less, $15,000 – $24,999, and $25,000 or more. Any request exceeding $25,000 will need to meet all specified requirements as well as city council approval but there is no limit.
Please email the City’s Housing Administrator, Ethan Walker, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also schedule an appointment with a planner by visiting www.cityofpa.us/BookAMeeting.
The City’s goal is to establish a fair and transparent licensing system and more effectively regulate short-term lodging operations, specifically short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfasts, in Port Angeles.
No. Through this public feedback process, the City of Port Angeles will work with the public and stakeholders to develop licensing and safety measures that ensure the appropriate regulation of short-term rentals.
In 2017, Ordinance 3577 was passed, amending Title 17 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code. This ordinance provided a definition for short-term rentals (STRs) for the first time in Port Angeles’ City history, and also listed STRs as an allowed use in the Residential Medium Density (RMD) zone, Residential High Density (RHD) and in all of this City’s Commercial Zones, except for the Commercial Office (CO), where STRs require a Conditional Use Permit. Before 2017, STRs were not an allowed use in the City of Port Angeles.
The proposed regulatory measures and fee schedule are available for review on the City’s website at www.cityofpa.us/ShortTermLodging.
There are several opportunities to provide feedback to the City. We encourage residents and stakeholders to review the details of this project and engage in the online survey, feedback sessions, and public hearings listed below:
GovOS reviewed thousands of online listings, searching for advertisements that fit the description of a short-term rental as defined in Port Angeles Municipal Code Chapter 17.08.095, and then matched those listings to unique addresses located within Port Angeles city limits.
The data provided by GovOS is a snapshot of short-term rental activity within Port Angeles city limits, spanning from January 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023.
The study is only a portion of the work to be conducted by GovOS. At this time, GovOS is developing a program to bring non-registered properties used as short-term rentals into compliance and implementing a combined licensing and fee submission web portal and compliance program. The City has paid GovOS $23,574.78 to date for this expanded scope of work.
STRs typically occur in single household dwellings and duplexes. Because of this, multi-family units were not included in the percentage of total dwelling units in Port Angeles.
All data related to survey responses will be released once the survey period ends on January 14, 2024.
The initial draft is drawn from jurisdictional best practices across the state including the cities of Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Port Townsend, Seattle and Walla Walla, as well as feedback received from dozens of public comments over the past six months.
The proposed code defines a STR as the following: “Short-term rental” means the use of a dwelling unit as temporary lodging for a charge or fee for a rental period of less than thirty (30) continuous days. All dwellings used as short-term rentals are classified as either Type I or Type II.
“Type I short-term rental” is defined in the proposed code as a short-term rental at a dwelling that is the owner or designated lessee’s principal residence and where either (1) rooms are rented, and the owner is personally present at the dwelling during the rental period, or (2) the entire dwelling is rented for no more than 90 total days in a calendar year. Portions of calendar days shall be counted as whole days. The room(s) for rent may be located within a detached or attached accessory dwelling unit or the principal residence. Room rentals are limited to numbers below those of congregate housing as defined by the International Code Council (ICC), which requires substantial commercial upgrades to the residence for fire, life, and building safety.
“Type II short-term rental” is defined in the proposed code as a short-term rental at a dwelling that is not the owner’s or designated lessee’s principal residence, or a dwelling unit rented out more than 90 days per calendar year.
The complete list of proposed fees are available online at www.cityofpa.us/ShortTermLodging. Fees will not go into effect until the new regulations are enacted by the Council.
Yes. However, proposed regulations and fees for bed-and-breakfasts are separate from the proposed regulations and fees for short-term rentals. Proposed modifications to the current regulations will not go into effect until approved by the Council.
The need for inspections has been raised numerous times during public comment over the past six months. Short-term rentals are a unique use and inherently have a higher turnover in occupancy. This is a standard practice by jurisdictions across the state.
No. Depending on the final ordinance adopted, the Short-Term Rental owner/applicant is only required to obtain an annual fire life-safety inspection through one of the proposed methods. They would pay only the fee for the corresponding service provided, not both fees.
Note: The review fee covers only the City’s review of a private qualified inspector's report. The fee for the City to inspect covers both the inspection, report and review
Under the proposed regulatory measures, potential applicants will be able to easily apply online for a license and/or license renewal using the GovOS Portal. Licensing will not go into effect until the new regulations are enacted by the Council.
The proposed regulations do contain a pathway for nonconforming STRs to be grandfathered in by paying a fee and meeting certain licensing and fire-life-safety requirements.
Yes. The proposed ordinance will contain a phased transition period to allow STRs enough time to be licensed and inspected.
Applications will vest upon confirmation of a complete submittal and review time will follow the typical permitting process. Community & Economic Development staff estimate that there will be many submittals when the ordinance passes and predicts this will add extra review time for the first submittal year. The proposed ordinance will contain a phased transition period to allow STRs enough time to be licensed and inspected.
Under the proposed regulatory measures, all communications with the property owner will take place through the GovOS Platform. Property owners will be able to apply for a license, view potential violations, and pay any applicable fees online. The portal will not go into effect until the new regulations are enacted by the Council.
Under the proposed regulatory measures, those wishing to submit a complaint may do so online through a webform. Complaints will be forwarded to GovOS, Inc. for review and to be matched with the corresponding property. Following the review, GovOS will email the designated City contact and the City will respond to the complaint. The portal will not go into effect until the new regulations are enacted by the Council.
The new proposal provides a pathway for non-conforming short-term rentals with the opportunity to bring their operation into compliance and become a fully permitted use. Operators would pay a fine, complete a life safety inspection and demonstrate that in the past they have paid appropriate taxes, had a valid state business license, and provide past lodging data to the City.
Please email the Department of Community & Economic Development at email@example.com or call (360) 417-4750.
The City Council do not have offices at City Hall but can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Written correspondence can be dropped off at the City Manager's office at City Hall located at East 5th Street, Port Angeles.
Trees are an integral part of our community, and they provide a wide range of benefits that help to enhance our quality of life. Trees improve air quality, provide habitat for our wildlife, and prevent erosion and reduce stormwater runoff. The shade trees provide can help to cool our streets and sidewalks, reduce the temperature in urban areas and lower our home energy bills. Trees also boost property values and enhance the beauty of our homes and public spaces.
An online application form will be available for residents in August on this website and trees is available now.
Depending on the number of applicants, there may be a lottery held prior to the planting date of October 14th. All persons or parties interested in participating in the program will be able to attend a short course on proper planting and management techniques provided locally by the Department of Natural Resources on September 16 (Location to be determined). The trees will be made available on the October 14 planting day at the nursery or at a location in the City.
Volunteers can also assist with planting trees in the Peabody Creek and Georgiana neighborhoods as a part of a street tree demonstration project.
A form (coming soon!) from the property owner approving of the tree planting will be required as a part of the application process.
Learn more about standards for the planting, pruning and removal of Street Trees in Chapter 11.13 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code.
For general program questions and assistance, please email email@example.com or visit the Community & Economic Development Department, located in City Hall at 321 E 5th Street.
For questions about Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Forestry Management, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about planting trees in City parks, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 417-4550 or email email@example.com.
Email the following information and attach items listed below to Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org:
In most cases, utility service can be made available the same day if you apply before 12:00PM.
Meters must be accessible to meter readers at all times.
A $25 connect charge will appear on your first bill.
For residential solid waste services, please fill out and return the Solid Waste Services Request and Change Form.
Yes, you can pay online or over the phone. For more details, click here.
Yes, please fill out the Budget Billing Plan Application and email it to Customer Service at email@example.com. The City will contact you regarding the budget billing amount, or you may call Customer Service at 360-457-0411 ahead of your request and we will inform you of the budget bill amount. Please note that each June is the settle up month, where the City bills for the actual amount due after a year of budget billing. You may owe the City more than your regularly budgeted amount or you may be owed a refund depending on what charges you actually accrued while on the Budget Billing Program.
If you are unable to pay your utility bill by the due date, please call Customer Service at 360-457-0411 to discuss next steps. A payment plan may be set up to bring your account current and keep your services from being disconnected.
If money is tight and you need a little help with paying for utilities, look into the City's Utility Discount Application or contact one of the several Local Resources (PDF) who may be able to provide assistance.
Click here to view the City's flyer regarding financial assistance available by local agencies for utility, rental and mortgage relief.
The City offers a conservation program that may assist in helping you keep your costs down. Please visit the Conservation page or call 360-417-4718.
If you are a full service customer and are not at the residence for extended periods of time, you may opt to disconnect the water service, which in turn may stop wastewater, solid waste, and water charges from accruing. There is a $25 reconnect fee for when you reinstate the water service.
Solid Waste (Garbage) offers different levels of service that may cost you less.
For low income customers, the City offers financial assistance by filling out and submitting a Utility Discount Application.
For more details or questions, please call Customer Service at 360-457-0411.
The City of Port Angeles has established the following boundaries:
Erickson Playfield has been established as a No-Ride Zone. Bird scooters will not operate within the park or outside of the boundaries listed above.
To keep sidewalks safe and accessible, please Park your Bird neatly and upright, out of the pedestrian way. Improperly parked e-scooters are Bird's responsibility to move or remove as soon as practicable, and no later than 4 hours after receiving notice from the City or a complaint from a member of the public.
E-scooters are prohibited from parking in or on the following:
Riders of e-scooters must be 16 years of age or older.
During the City Council meeting on July 19, 2022, Bird Rides, LLC. proposed establishing an e-scooter rental system in Port Angeles. Following a discussion, the Council moved to authorize, negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Bird Rides, LLC.
The established Temporary Operating Agreement was signed on July 31, 2022, and remains in effect through September 30, 2023, unless renewed or extended by mutual written agreement. The limited time period allows the City and its residents and visitors to evaluate the benefits the e-scooter share program. Bird launched the pilot on May 26, 2023, and has since deployed 75 e-scooters in downtown Port Angeles.
To report a concern or receive other assistance, please contact Bird.
Stormwater is also transported in roadside ditches or culverts, and in some areas may enter the combined sewer system and be transported to the wastewater treatment plant.
The city must meet six minimum control measures:
Please report outages to 360-417-4726.
To report issues with traffic signals please call 417-4724. If you're calling between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or on a weekend or holiday and it's an urgent matter, please call 417-4726.
You can request notification of planned outages by completing a Life Support Power Outage Notification form - please visit the Light Operations page for further information and a link to the form.
Visit the Staff Directory to find all department and staff contact information.
Permit-ready plans are pre-approved and thoughtfully designed construction documents for a variety of housing types and configurations. As of November 2023, the City of Port Angeles offers permit-ready plan designs for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), Duplexes, and Small Lot Homes. All plans have been specifically drafted for Port Angeles’ design standards and zoning requirements. These plans also compliment recent changes to land use codes for commercial zoning districts, which allow for increased infill residential development.
Both building plans and engineering plans are included as part of the permit-ready plan set.
The City of Port Angeles is proud to offer Permit-Ready Plans to residents, builders and developers free of charge as part of our commitment to promoting infill housing growth.
The City of Port Angeles offers four small lot home designs:
The City of Port Angeles offers three accessory dwelling unit designs:
Yes! We offer a Permit-Ready Townhome Unit Plan with a total footprint of 2543 square feet.
Reduced Wait Times: When embarking on a project, you may need to wait anywhere between 1-4 months for engineers and architects to meticulously prepare your building plans. Permit-ready plans eliminate this waiting period entirely. These plans have already been developed by professionals and are consistent with Port Angeles Municipal Code (PAMC) 17.21 infill design standards.
Streamlined Permit Approval: With permit-ready plans, you can avoid the potential complications of the standard permit review process, allowing you to start your project sooner. Permit-ready plans have undergone careful examination to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations. This means reduced wait times and an expedited permit approval.
Cost Savings: Building plans are typically 5% – 20% of total construction costs. With permit-ready plans, both the building and engineering plans are completely free to all residents and builders.
Yes and no. Modifications can be made, but the plan will no longer be considered “permit-ready.”
The application process is simple and easy. All applicants will:
Please contact the Department of Community & Economic Development at Please contact the City’s Housing Administrator at (360) 417-4755. You can also schedule an appointment with a planner by visiting www.cityofpa.us/BookAMeeting
The City provides a map that identifies properties and their zoning districts. Click here to access the map. You will be prompted to read a disclaimer, then check a box on the screen agreeing to the terms and conditions of the disclaimer. Click OK. Select the Layer List in the menu on the left and select the Planning layer category to turn on the City zoning layer. You can view instructions on how to use the map here.The requirements for each zone are contained in Title 17 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code. Rezones of property within the City may not immediately be reflected on the online zoning map upon taking effect.
The approximate locations of property lines for parcels in the City are depicted on the Multi Use Map. This map is for illustrative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for accurate location of property lines in the field by a qualified professional. The definitive location of property lines must be determined through a survey of the property's legal boundaries. If a survey has been conducted for your property in the past, the survey may be contained in a title report for the property, or be recorded with the Clallam County Auditor’s Office. Survey markers indicating the location of property corners may be present on the ground. If you cannot locate an existing survey of your property, it may be helpful to search the Auditor's website for recorded surveys of neighboring properties to see if they depict any of your property's boundaries.
Title 17 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code determines what uses can be permitted by right or conditionally in each of the City's zones. If you know which zone your property is located in, please navigate to the chapter in Title 17 PAMC dedicated to that zone for a list of permitted uses. Chapter 17.03 PAMC contains a list of zones in the City and identifies the corresponding chapter containing applicable regulations.
Some uses are only permitted as accessory uses. For a use to qualify as an accessory use, it must be both subordinate and incidental to the principal use of the property. A use is to be considered accessory when it occupies less than 50 percent of a building's or lot's total square footage. There is no list of prohibited uses in Title 17 PAMC. If a use is not listed as permitted in a zone, either by right or conditionally, the use is considered to be prohibited in that zone.
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This depends on many factors, including the size of your lot, the zone in which your property is located, the location of the addition, and available utility capacity. There is no single size limit that can be generalized, since each development would need to account for the unique conditions of the site. However, no addition may cause the property to exceed the maximum site coverage allowed in the zone. Site coverage is the amount of impervious surface on a parcel, including structures, paved driveways, sidewalks, patios, and other impervious surfaces. The maximum allowable site coverage differs by zone. Please refer to the appropriate chapter applicable to your zone in Title 17 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code to determine the maximum site coverage standard applicable to development on your property. In addition to ensuring that the proposed addition will not cause the maximum allowable site coverage to be exceeded, the addition must meet all other applicable dimensional and design standards applicable to the property. Setback information by zone is available through the following links:
All building additions require that a building permit be obtained. Building permit application forms are available at https://www.cityofpa.us/992/Building-Permits. You may find the guidance document available at https://cityofpa.us/DocumentCenter/View/8351/Making-a-Residential-Site-Plan helpful when preparing a site plan. If you have questions about building code requirements, the Building Division can be contacted using the contact information available at https://www.cityofpa.us/369/Building.
You may need a permit to trim or remove trees on your property. Before commencing with any work, please ensure that the trees you want to trim or remove are not located in publicly owned right-of-way, within an environmentally sensitive or critical area, or within a designated buffer for a sensitive area such as a wetland, the marine bluff, stream ravine, or stream corridor.
If the tree you are concerned with is located in the public right-of-way, it is considered a street tree and is subject to the regulations of Chapter 11.13 PAMC. More information about the pruning or removal of street trees is available here.
You can locate the approximate boundaries of your property using the City’s Multi Use Map available here. Instructions for using the map tool can be viewed here. This map is for illustrative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for accurate location of property lines in the field by a qualified professional.
All vegetation management activity in any environmentally sensitive area must comply with the standards of Chapter 15.20 PAMC and may only occur following the issuance of an Environmentally Sensitive Area Permit or Development Exception. Tree topping is prohibited in environmentally sensitive areas.
Before removing any tree or other vegetation located within the boundaries of private property, please be sure that the vegetation is not part of required landscaping for the site.
This depends on several factors, including which zone your home is located in. Some residential zones allow for the establishment of home occupations through an administrative conditional use permit process. With small-scale, residence-based business activity becoming more popular in the form of online retail stores, farmers market vendors, or small artisan craft operations, many Port Angeles residents are interested in undertaking small business activity in their homes.
If you are interested in running a small business from your residence, you may need a permit authorizing the use. Some home occupations, listed in Section 17.17.030 PAMC, are considered exempt from the permit requirements applicable to other home occupations. Please read Chapter 17.17 PAMC to understand the City’s regulations applicable to an occupation or business undertaken within a dwelling unit located in a residential zone. If you are not sure whether your proposed business qualifies as a home occupation, please contact City Staff to discuss your venture and be prepared to provide details of its operation. If the business activity cannot be classified as a home occupation, it may be prohibited as a primary or accessory use in your zone.
All environmentally sensitive areas are critical areas, but not all critical areas are considered environmentally sensitive areas for the purpose of determining which regulations apply. Critical areas include environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands, shorelines, beaches and associated coastal drift processes, lands subject to the Port Angeles Shoreline Master Program, and their associated buffers. Environmentally sensitive areas include any of the following areas and their associated buffers:
1. Aquifer recharge areas;
2. Streams or stream corridors;
3. Frequently flooded areas;
4. Geologically hazardous areas, including erosion hazard areas, landslide hazard areas, and seismic hazard areas;
5. Habitat areas for priority species and species of concern; and
6. Locally unique features, including ravines, marine bluffs, and beaches and associated coastal drift processes.
All development proposed within or near an environmentally sensitive area is subject to the regulations and requirements of Chapter 15.20 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code, which is intended to protect environmentally sensitive areas in the City of Port Angeles.
Section 15.20.040 PAMC explains how the location of an environmentally sensitive area must be determined. A field investigation performed by a qualified professional is the only way to determine environmentally sensitive area boundaries with certainty.
Other types of critical areas are subject to distinct regulations contained in Title 15 PAMC, as follows:
Reminder: Please call 811 before you dig, regardless of the situation.
The Port Angeles Municipal Code (PAMC) allows for a park model unit to be placed on a lot as an alternative to a traditional detached accessory dwelling unit in all zones where accessory dwelling units are an allowed accessory use, subject to certain criteria. Ordinance No. 3710, amending portions of Title 17 PAMC, is available here and contains standards that all park model units must meet. These new standards applicable to park model units were adopted by the City Council on March 21, 2023. Prior to the adoption of Ordinance No. 3710, park model manufactured homes were prohibited in most locations in the City per Section 17.96.025 PAMC. Now, park models can be permitted as an alternative to a detached accessory dwelling unit in residential zones per the amended Section 17.21.020 PAMC, if all applicable state and local requirements are met.
The amended Section 17.21.020 PAMC contains nine development standards that all park models must meet in order to qualify as an acceptable alternative to a traditional accessory dwelling unit in the City. Any park model must be shown to comply with the requirements of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 296-150P in order to be considered by the City as compliant with the new PAMC design standards applicable to park models. The City does not administer the standards contained in WAC Chapter 296-150P. Please contact the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries if you have any questions about the standards of WAC Chapter 296-150P.
A building permit is required to enable the placement of a park model unit on a property. Building permit application forms are available at https://www.cityofpa.us/992/Building-Permits. You may find the guidance document available at https://cityofpa.us/DocumentCenter/View/8351/Making-a-Residential-Site-Plan helpful when preparing a site plan. If you have questions about building code requirements, the Building Division can be contacted using the contact information available at https://www.cityofpa.us/369/Building.
All park model units must be connected to municipal utilities. Standards regarding water, wastewater, and electrical connections are contained in Title 13 PAMC, administered by the Public Works & Utilities Department.
Nuisances are identified in Chapter 8.30 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code. Nuisance complaints should be directed to the Code Enforcement Division of the Port Angeles Police Department. If you would like to notify the Code Enforcement Division of activity or conditions you have observed that can be classified as a nuisance, you can do so by filling out and submitting the Public Nuisance Complaint Form available here.
Fingerprinting for employment, identification, or background check purposes is provided Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. for a fee of $25.
Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) are issued by the Port Angeles Police Department for city residents only. Anyone living outside the city limits, but within Clallam County, must contact the Clallam County Sheriff's Office. To apply, complete the entire application form and have a background check that includes fingerprinting. New applications are $49.25. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, during the hours of 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Generally, qualified applicants will receive their CPL within two weeks, however the law provides for up to a 30-day delay. Delays are often beyond the department's control so allow sufficient time for processing.
Here is a document created by DOC to help explain a felons firearm restrictions: Felons and firearms
A short-term rental is defined in the Port Angeles Municipal Code as lodging or guest rooms used, rented, or occupied for guest sleeping purposes for 30 days or less and that contain kitchen facilities, including but not limited to, refrigerators, stoves, and ovens. This definition includes dwelling units used, rented, or hired out for vacation homes or short-term rentals that allow guests to stay for 30 days or less.
Dwelling units used, rented, or hired out for longer than 30 days are considered long-term rentals.
A moratorium is a legally authorized, temporary restriction of activity.
The limited moratorium does not ban all short-term rentals within city limits. Instead, it prohibits establishing any new short-term rentals located in Residential Medium-Density and Residential High-Density zones after June 16, 2023.
The limited moratorium does not impact:
The moratorium will sunset on December 16, 2023, unless it is extended or shortened by the City Council through the adoption of an ordinance before that date.
Existing short-term rentals (those active before June 16, 2023) are permitted as a primary use in the following zones:
As of June 16, 2023, new short-term rentals are permitted as a primary use in the following zones:
Both new and existing short-term rentals are allowed in the following zoning district with a Conditional Use Permit. If you are interested in operating a short-term rental within this zone, please get in touch with City Staff to learn how to obtain the proper permits.
Short-term rentals (existing or new) are not allowed in the following zones:
Click here to access the ArcGIS Multi-Use Map to identify the zone in which your property is located. You will be prompted to check a box on the lower left side of your screen, agreeing to terms and conditions. Then click “Ok.”
For further instructions on how to use the ArcGIS Map, please click here.
Please contact the Department of Community & Economic Development for guidance. Staff can be reached by phone at (360) 417-4570 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident s can report potential violations to the Code Enforcement Division of the Port Angeles Police Department.
How to Contact Code Enforcement:
The City Council has approved the consultant GovOS to assist in the inventory, status, and alternatives for regulation of short-term rentals within city limits. After receiving that information, Council will engage in a robust public engagement process. From that, Council will develop policies to guide short-terms rentals in the future. Based on those policies, City staff will draft amendments to City code update specific to short-term rental regulations. Those amendments are expected to be adopted in the first months in 2024.
For more information, please visit the City’s Short-Term Rental webpage at www.cityofpa.us/shorttermrentals, or subscribe to receive City news and announcements.
-Within City limits-
For residential solid waste services, please fill out and send the Solid Waste Services Request and Change Form to Customer Service at email@example.com.
When you start your utility service, look for a 90 gallon green cart at your location. If you cannot find it, contact City Garbage Collection at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you select recycling or yard waste on the form, allow a minimum of 5 business days for your cart(s) to be delivered.
For more details, visit: https://www.cityofpa.us/246/Garbage-Collection
For further assistance or questions, please call Customer Service at 360-457-0411.
-Outside City limits-
Contact County Garbage Collection to set up service: 360-452-7278.
Download and complete the Residential Request and Change Form. Allow a minimum of 5 business days for the change to happen. A change fee is charged (see details on form).
Occasionally we miss a cart, but the most common reason for a missed pickup is that your cart was not out early enough. It must be curbside (or the location we usually pick it up) by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Another cause of missed pickup is incorrect cart placement: too close to a fence, car, or other object, or facing the wrong direction. Allow 4 feet of clearance around your garbage cart (including behind). Overfilled carts (with the lid open) cannot be emptied. For missed collection call the office after 3 p.m. on your collection date. A small fee may apply depending on the circumstance. Please do not wait 2-3 weeks before calling.
No, only the materials in the cart will be removed. You can call garbage collection for an extra pick-up (fees apply). You can take cardboard and other recyclables to the Recycling Center at the Regional Transfer Station located at 3501 W 18th St. Port Angeles, WA 98363.
Yes, you can rent a 300 gallon container for a fee. Call City Garbage Collection at 360-417-4876 for rates and other options.
Contact City Garbage (or Recycling Collection if it is a recycling or yard waste container) and we will come out and replace the lid. Leave the cart out so we can access it.
Contact us at 360-417-4876 or email@example.com
You transport your empty refrigerator to the Regional Transfer Station metal pile. Either the doors must be removed, or it needs to be loaded in a way that allows for quick inspection. The Freon will be removed and the metal will be recycled (fees apply).
Scrap metal is bailed and household recycling is loaded into a separate trailer; both are shipped to Tacoma for further processing and then is shipped to markets in this country and worldwide. Hazardous waste is shipped to Seattle area for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. Yard waste is composted on site and sold as Garden Glory Compost. All other waste is compacted and shipped out by truck daily to the railhead in Centralia, and then shipped by train to Roosevelt Landfill in Eastern Washington.
The inspection will focus mostly on outdoor areas however, certain indoor areas will also be inspected.
A qualified representative of your business/site. This is usually an owner or manager who has access to and knowledge of your site and operations.
Typically, once every five years. Certain types of businesses/sites presenting greater risks for impacting stormwater may require more frequent inspections. Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) complaints made against any business/site may also necessitate additional inspections.
Yes. Once violations have been corrected, a follow-up inspection will be scheduled to ensure they have been properly addressed.
No. The goal of Source Control is not to issue fines or penalties, but to work with you to remediate any shortfalls. The program is new to everyone therefore, informing, educating, and providing technical assistance to businesses/sites is our primary objective.
If Source Control violations are identified during the initial inspection, you will be issued a Notice of Correction along with a timeline to implement those corrections. Repeated refusal to properly address violations or work with City officials, however, may lead to fines and penalties being imposed, per WWAPHII (S5.C.8.iv) and PAMC 13.63.275.
This is TBD (to be determined).
Source Control inspections are mandatory, more extensive, and require more preparation and inspection time. PPA inspections are free, voluntary inspections focusing more closely on hazardous waste labeling, storage, disposal, etc. Both inspections are designed to help businesses/sites reduce their polluting impact to our local waterbodies and environment.
Every storm is different. Because of this, there is no set schedule for when plowing will occur. If we receive an advanced notice that snowfall may occur (wunderground.com or noaa.gov), we will prepare our equipment and begin plowing/de-icing as necessary.
Yes and no. Our department runs a mix ratio of sand and salt, at approximately 3:1 (sand to salt). We are allowed a small allotment of salt each year, as WSDOT reserves the right to most of the salt during the winter months. We are able to stockpile approximately 70 tons (which does not go very far) and try to reserve it for our most dangerous hills and streets, and to help our first responders when they are in need.
We can clear the roadways faster and better when cars are not parked on the streets. If you have a driveway, please use it!
It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. To reduce the amount of snow pushed into your driveway, please pile any snow that is shoveled from the driveway to the right side of the driveway opening (right side determined by standing in your driveway and looking towards the street). We apologize for this inconvenience. Snow removal can be a monumental task with our limited equipment, and the street crews do their best to clear the roads around the clock. We will not return to clear your driveway.
Citizens can help by reporting potholes and icy intersections to the Public Works Department at 360-417-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message with the information. The supervisor will be monitoring these messages from the field.
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, relatively few people will ever encounter a cougar. If you are one of the few who do, be sure to:
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you should do the following if in close contact with a bear:
Chances are, if you find a fawn, or baby deer, alone, it is safe and healthy. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, doe will often leave her fawn alone for long periods to feed herself and rest. While mom is away, fawns will instinctively lie low and wait for their mother to return.
Do not touch or relocate a fawn. If it appears weak, ill or injured, please contact the PAPD non-emergency line at (360) 452-4545.
Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website to learn more about what to do when encountering a fawn or other young animals.
Please contact the Streets Division of the Public Works & Utilities Department at (360) 417-4800. Crews will be dispatched to the location to remove the deceased wildlife.
Please call the Port Angeles Police Department non-emergency line: (360) 452-4545.
You can also report an immediate public safety issue, wildlife violation, or injured or dangerous animals to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Office at (360) 902-2936 or email@example.com.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.