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Players will be assigned to one “pod” for the entirety of the season. Pods will be limited to 15-20 players and up to 4 coaches. This will reduce a player’s number of contacts and opportunity for exposure. Pod size will be based on gym capacity. Only players, coaches and staff will be permitted in the facilities. No spectators, including parents, will be allowed in.  Eliminating cross team vs. team / pod vs. pod games. Players will only be permitted to scrimmage within their own pod. Scheduling start/end times to allow sufficient breaks in between pods to reduce exposure and allow for proper disinfection/sanitation.     Staff will facilitate health screenings and regularly disinfect/sanitize surfaces.  ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

A full Health and Safety Plan will be published in advance of final registrations and will detail policies around records and contact tracing, COVID-19 exposure response, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, hand-washing and sanitizing, physical distancing and mask requirements, among other required policies.  Many of these policies are currently being practiced for programs at the Issaquah Community Center, Farmers Market and Julius Boehm Pool. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Signups are available at at no charge to reserve your child’s spot on a team. You will sign your child up according to their gender/grade.  Priority for registration will be given to players that have signed up before Dec. 4 . ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Leagues will initially be offered for Kindergarten – 5th Grade boys and girls. We will continue to evaluate programs for middle and high school players and hope to serve these age groups this winter. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Kindergarten – 5 th Grade leagues will practice on Saturdays at the Issaquah Community Center or at other local gyms.  For the 2021 season, Kindergarten – 5 th grade pods/team activities will be held on Saturdays. No midweek practices will be available. Pods will be able to practice and scrimmage within their pod/team, but no inter-team games will be played. Practices will be between 75-90 minutes depending on age level, pod/team size, and gym availability. Up-to-date season outlines can be found at ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Schedules will be finalized following the Dec. 4 signup deadline. Please allow 1-2 weeks for staff to form teams and communicate schedules. Please note that practice schedules are subject to change throughout the season due to gym availability and other conflicts. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Since basketball is characterized as a high-risk sport in the “Sporting Activity” guide released by the Governor’s office on Oct. 6, only intra-team scrimmages are allowed within each pod. There will not be referees this year, but coaches will facilitate scrimmages and enforce rules. Pods will not play against other pods. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Unlike previous years, there will not be a dedicated team formation day this year. Participants will register under their gender/grade. Parks & Community Services staff will assign pods of 15-20 players based on their gender, grade, school and reciprocated buddy requests.  In the event of a school having enough players to create multiple teams, all efforts will be made to create balanced teams. Your coach will reach out and let you know what team your child has been assigned to. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Yes, this year we will allow ONE buddy request during signups and will do our absolute best to put buddy requests together on the same team. Buddy requests must be reciprocated.  ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Our coaches are parent volunteers, if you are looking to coach or would like more information, please sign up here . If we do not have enough parent volunteers, staff may be assigned to help coach pods. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Yes. Although payment will not be taken at the signup, a league fee will be collected before a player is added to a pod/team. To help expedite the registration process, please ensure a default credit card is on file for when payment is due around the Dec. 4 deadline. You will receive a reminder email one week prior to the transaction. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

The deadline is Friday, Dec. 4. Registrations taken after are considered late registrations. Following the signup deadline, you will have the opportunity to withdraw or to register and submit payment.   ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Late registrations are taken on a case by case basis. Provided there is room in the league, your child will be registered and assigned a team. There is no guarantee your child can be assigned a specific team during the late registration process.  Please note late registrations may take up to a week to process.  Late Registrations will be charged an additional $25 fee.  ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Players can be removed from the signup list anytime before Dec. 4.  Once registration has occurred after Dec. 4 , refunds will not be available in most cases. League play could be delayed, suspended, or cancelled due to COVID-19.  If that occurs, refunds will be given and prorated if necessary.  ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Refunds are not typically given based on scheduling; however, league coordinators can approve refunds in some circumstances where there are special considerations and other options have been exhausted.  ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Issaquah Parks & Community Services will provide your child with a jersey/t- shirt to wear at practices/games. Please send your child in comfortable athletic shoes and clothing, a mask or face covering, and make sure to bring an already filled water bottle. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Yes. This year, we are requiring every player to bring their own basketball to practice. It is more important than ever to lessen touches between players. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Boys K & Girls K – 1 st   (25” / Mini sized)  Available at the Issaquah Community Center for $10.00 Boys 1 st – 5 th & Girls 2 nd – 5 th (27.5” / Official Junior Size)  Available at the Issaquah Community Center for $10.00 ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

State officials released updated guidance for “Sporting Activity” on Oct. 6 which outlines policies for returning to play. Youth Basketball will be offered provided King County is a “Moderate Level COVID County” which is characterized by 25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity.  Basketball is deemed a “High Risk Sport.” Under a Moderate Level COVID-19 activity, basketball can practice as well as have intra-team scrimmages. No inter-team games or tournaments will be allowed. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

League play could be delayed, suspended or cancelled if King County starts or transitions to a “High Level COVID County” as defined in Gov. Inslee’s Sporting Activity Guidance . Basketball is characterized as a high-risk sport. As such, the proposed league would be offered only when King County/City of Issaquah is a “Moderate Level COVID County.” ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

If a participant, staff member, parent or other person within our program is suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, the following steps will take place: If person is on site, they will immediately be sent home or isolated until sent home. If isolated while on site, person should wear a mask. We will communicate with Staff, Participant Families and King County Health Department. Per WA DOH, if a participant or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the infected person’s pod are close contacts and should self-quarantine for 14 days. Per WA DOH, the ill staff member or participant may return to basketball when:  At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery – defined as no fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath, and At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. ( COVID-19: Basketball - Issaquah )

Broadly, the following sectors have been designated essential: Healthcare and Public Health, Emergency Services, Food and Agriculture, Energy, Water and Wastewater, Transportation and Logistics, communications and IT, other community-based government operations, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical and defense industrial base. Not all activities within these broad sectors have been deemed essential. Please follow this link for a more detailed list of specific permitted sectors and activities. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

No. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Yes, however, restaurants and bars are prohibited from offering dine-in options, and are limited to curbside pick-up, delivery, take out or drive thru services. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Food retail establishments, big-box stores that sell groceries and essentials, and commercial retail stores, that supply essential sectors are still allowable. Please follow this link for a list of sectors. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

No: Auto dealers should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Yes, transportation-related repair shops maintain safe and essential operations for residents and keep essential businesses going. Transportation repair shops include auto repair shops, bike shops and other similar facilities. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Yes: Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses are considered essential by the order. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

No: Insurance companies should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

No: Real estate agents should be practicing safe social distancing operations by directing most business online. Employees should have the ability and resources provided to them to continue working from home using technology. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

No: At this time pet grooming is not an essential function and should not be operating until further notice to help combat the spread of COVID-19. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Yes: Most marijuana retailers offer medicinal options for their customers, making the business essential. Delivery or online purchase is not an option. ( COVID-19: Essential Businesses - Issaquah )

Issaquah Police Department’s uniformed patrol and detectives units are fully staff and functioning and will be out patrolling and responding to calls including alarm calls. Business should lock up their establishments and set their security alarms if they have them. Leave a light on if possible within the business to help minimize the cover of darkness for potential thieves. Routinely inspect your business/property if you have the ability, to better preserve your inventory and equipment. Update your emergency contact information with the City and Issaquah Police Department should we need to contact you. Call Recology to put an indefinite vacation hold on their account. If you discover anything suspicious or needs police attention, call 911 for assistance. ( COVID-19: Temporary Closures - Issaquah )

Please see our Decks & Fences page for more information. ( Development Services - Issaquah )

In newer-platted areas you may find corner markers — look for a piece of rebar in the ground. The Permit Center or King County may have plat maps to assist you in finding your property lines and/or dimensions. Please be aware that ultimately it is up to the property owner to verify property line locations, which may require a professional survey. ( Development Services - Issaquah )

Permits applied for online at may be paid with a credit card up to $2,000. Payments over $2,000 must be paid by cash or check at the Permit Center. The Permit Center only accepts cash or check for paper applications. ( Development Services - Issaquah )

Make sure you – as well as all users of your alarm system (such as residents, employees or guests) – are trained on how to use it. Secure all of your windows and doors before activating your alarm. Know and rehearse the process for cancelling an accidental alarm. Notify your alarm company immediately if you have any problems with your system. Be aware of common problems that can lead to false alarms, such as: weak alarm system; backup batteries; open, unlocked or loose fitting doors and windows; party decorations, such as helium-filled balloons; wandering pets; improper application or installation of motion detectors; failure to properly train other users. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

The City of Issaquah has contracted with ATB Services, which is located in Colorado, to administer its false alarm reduction program. You may receive information from ATB Services with the Issaquah Police Department logo, but the ATB Services address and telephone number. That's OK - it is legitimate communication about Issaquah’s program. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Your alarm company is required to notify the City of Issaquah of your installation – as well as collect and forward your registration application and fee – within seven days of installation. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

In 2008 alone, the Issaquah police officers responded to 1,035 burglary, robbery or duress alarms. Of those alarms, 99.2 percent were false alarms. Responding to these false alarms can unnecessarily cost Issaquah – and its taxpayers – thousands of dollars each year. In addition, officers responding to these false alarms are not able to respond to actual emergencies or conduct preventative patrol. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

On July 20, 2009, the Issaquah City Council approved a revised alarm ordinance, which became effective Aug. 3, 2009. Alarms must be registered with the City by Oct. 2, 2009. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

A “false alarm” occurs when Issaquah Police respond to an alarm dispatch and – after conducting an investigation of the site – find no evidence that a criminal offense, or attempted criminal offense, has occurred. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

All residents and businesses located inside the City of Issaquah are required to register their alarms. Fire or auto alarms, however, do not need to be registered. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Your alarm company will facilitate the initial registration and fee payment for your alarm. The permit fees are: Commercial and residential alarms: $24 Seniors 62 years or older (this only applies to residential alarms, and the senior must be an owner or lessee): $12 Permanently disabled: $12 ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Permits are valid for two years. Alarm users who do not have a false alarm during their two-year permit period can renew their permit without paying another fee. Alarm users will be contacted by Alarm Tracking and Billing Services (ATB) to facilitate permit renewals. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Each false burglar alarm: $100 Each false robbery or panic alarm: $200 In addition, a $200 fine is charged if the alarm site does not have a valid permit for each police response. Notification and invoices for false alarms are mailed directly by Alarm Tracking and Billing Services (ATB). ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Yes. For more information on the appeal process, call Alarm Tracking and Billing Services (ATB) at 1- 866-950-9901. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

If an alarm is cancelled before an officer arrives on scene, it will not count as a false alarm, and no fine will be charged. Call your alarm company to cancel an alarm; do NOT call 9-1-1 to cancel it. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

You will still receive an invoice for a fine. However, the City of Issaquah provides a one-time opportunity to have the fine waived for the first false alarm upon the successful completion of an online false alarm awareness training. Access online training. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Police response to alarms may be suspended: After five false alarms occur at a single address within the two-year permit period. If registration fees or previous false-alarm fines are not paid. If your alarm company does not comply with the City’s ordinance. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Issaquah’s Enhanced Call Verification and Burglar Alarm Confirmation requirements makes alarm companies more accountable by requiring them to verify – through phone calls or other means – a burglar alarm before contacting police. ( False Alarms - Issaquah )

Prior to the market we will communicate via social media and on our website the shopper behavior expected which includes staying home if feeling ill. There will also be Public Health signage posted at the market entrance reminding shoppers of the expectations. Each customer will be asked a few quick health-screening questions upon entry into the Market: Cough? Fever? Shortness of breath? Have you had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? Have you returned from international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days? Via social media and our website we will encourage customers who fall in any of the CDC’s high risk categories to stay at home. High-risk includes people: Over the Age of 60 With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes With weakened immune systems Who are pregnant ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Everyone will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks throughout the duration of the market, unless medically unable. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Limiting the number of shoppers to 2 per booth through controlled perimeters, and entry and exit points. Demarcating 6 feet increments for a queue in front of the entrance/register at each booth. Encouraging customers to send just one member per household and shop quickly in the market. Know before you go- make a shopping list! Our staff will monitor the crowds and remind customers to maintain 6 feet of distance. Markers will be placed at six-foot intervals leading up to the market entrance. If the Market is at capacity and customers are waiting, market staff will remind them to maintain distance by waiting on the marked 6 ft markers. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Our staff will share the responsibility of monitoring space in the market and reminding customers or vendors to adhere to proper distancing requirements. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Yes! The restroom facilities inside the Pickering Barn will still be available for customers. There will also be four large hand sanitizing stations throughout the market. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Our market has always been a NO PET farmer market so that has not changed. Please leave your dogs and other pets at home. Only service animals will be permitted. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

We ask that you shop with your eyes only, not your hands. The vendors will grab and package your purchase for you to eliminate public touching. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

We are encouraging contactless payments, but cash will be accepted as well, and vendors will be following Health Department guidelines for safely handling bills. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

We are allowed 2 shoppers per vendor booth. We’re anticipating 80 individuals shopping the market footprint at any one time.  As shoppers exit, we will allow the next shoppers to enter and we do anticipate a waiting line. ( Farmers Market - Issaquah )

Active Local Improvement Districts (LID's) are administered by Public Finance, Inc. Please direct all inquiries to Public Finance at 425-885-1604 or by email at ( Finance - Issaquah )

To buy a flood insurance policy, call your insurance agent or contact one of the "Write Your Own" companies, which are private insurance companies that write flood insurance under a special arrangement with the federal government. If your agent does not write flood insurance, or you don't have an agent, call the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) toll-free number at 1-888-FLOOD29. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

To get federally-backed financing to buy, build, or improve structures in a 100-year floodplain, you will be required to purchase flood insurance. Lending institutions that are federally regulated or federally insured must determine if the structure is located in a floodplain, and must provide written notice requiring flood insurance. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

No. Flood insurance is available to any property owner located in a community participating in the NFIP (which includes Issaquah). Many areas in Issaquah outside of the mapped 100-year floodplain are potentially susceptible to flooding to varying degrees. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

No. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood insurance to owners and tenants of property, is part of FEMA. Issaquah participation in the NFIP is limited to adopting and enforcing floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. In exchange for these regulations, the NFIP makes federally-backed flood insurance available to homeowners, renters and business owners in the City. Community participation in the NFIP is voluntary. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

The flood hazards shown on floodplain maps are based on the best information and analysis tools available at the time the maps were prepared. Because of the infrequent occurrence of flood events, floodplain maps are not based only on the past flooding occurrences. The fact that a flood hasn't occurred within memory doesn't mean one won't happen soon. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

To be removed from the floodplain shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map, a structure must be on land that is not subject to flooding by the 100-year flood. If your lot or building site is on natural ground that is higher than the Base Flood Elevation shown on the FIRM, you may request a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). To support your request, you will have to get a surveyor to determine the elevation of the ground next to your building and complete an Elevation Certificate. If the ground is higher than the Base Flood Elevation, then FEMA will issue a LOMA. With a LOMA, your lender may choose to not require flood insurance. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

The City participates in the Community Rating System, which is a voluntary FEMA program that reduces National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance premiums if the City implements additional flood hazard management activities. Issaquah is currently rated as Class 5. This improvement reflects the considerable effort and progress made by the City towards reducing flood losses, facilitating accurate insurance ratings, and promoting the awareness of flood insurance. The Class 5 rating results in residents and businesses in the City obtaining a 25% discount in their flood insurance premiums. ( Flood Insurance - Issaquah )

Most development activities are allowed in floodplains, if built to certain standards. These standards include very specific building requirements such as raising the first floor elevation to one foot above the 100-foot flood elevation, and mitigation requirements to ensure that development does not cause flood elevations to rise on neighboring properties. In general, residential and commercial development is not allowed in floodways, and if an existing structure in the floodway is significantly damaged by a flood it cannot be rebuilt. ( Flood Maps - Issaquah )

There are three basic types of flood hazard zones shown on a flood insurance map. Zones that start with an "A" (A, AE, AH, AO) are 100-year floodplains that are determined by a Flood Insurance Study. In most instances, base flood elevations (the elevation of the predicted flood level) are derived from detailed hydraulic modeling. Zone X shows area outside the 100-year floodplain, but within the 500-year floodplain. Finally, floodways are located in the immediate vicinity of the stream and depict areas of high flood hazard. ( Flood Maps - Issaquah )

The term "100-year flood" is misleading. It is not the flood that will occur once every 100 years. Rather, it is the flood elevation that has a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded each year, based on a statistical analysis of streamflow records. Thus, the 100-year flood could occur more than once in a relatively short period of time, and since it is based on past flood history, this estimate can be wrong if the climate shifts. The 100-year flood is used by the National Flood Insurance Program as the standard for floodplain management and to determine the need for flood insurance. The 100-year floodplain corresponds to the area inundated by the 100-year flood, as determined by state-of-the-art hydraulic modeling and aerial topographic mapping. ( Flooding - Issaquah )

Flooding along Issaquah Creek, Tibbetts Creek and other nearby streams is a natural phenomenon due to the fact that much of the City is located in a floodplain. Historically, areas within Issaquah that are located along streams and prone to flooding were developed as farmlands. As such, the farm properties were only minimally affected by high water. Early newspaper accounts generally wrote of flooded farmlands washed out roads, and an occasional flooded basement. ( Flooding - Issaquah )

Floodwalls are illegal under the Issaquah Municipal Code. Floodwalls alter flood patterns, causing impacts to neighboring properties. However, floodwalls are allowed immediately adjacent to buildings, to protect structures only. ( Flooding - Issaquah )

Logs in streams provide habitat for fish. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife, which manages state fisheries and has jurisdiction over all activities that physically affect streams, strictly prohibits removal of logs from streams. An exception to this policy is if a log creates an imminent hazard during a flood. The City cannot grant such permission, nor assist private property owners in removal (unless it threatens a bridge or other public property). ( Flooding - Issaquah )

The City takes an active role in addressing human services needs in the local and regional community by supporting organizations in establishing programs and services aimed at enhancing health and well-being in Issaquah. ( Human Services - Issaquah )

The Human Services Commission is an official entity whose primarily function is to advise the Mayor and City Council on matters concerning human services planning and funding. The Commission is comprised of Issaquah resident-volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council. The Human Services Commission is comprised of seven regular members, with four-year terms; and two alternates, with two-year terms. Recruitment for boards and commissions is advertised on the city’s website each January. ( Human Services - Issaquah )

The Human Services Grants are provided by the City for organizations who have a 501c3 status and are working to solve pressing human services needs in our community. Grants are awarded on a biennial basis and the next application period will open in March of 2020. You can learn more about how to apply here . ( Human Services - Issaquah )

The selection process is led by the Human Services Commission and follows a rigorous scoring criterion that involves demonstration of need, level and quality of service provided, accessibility and partnerships. ( Human Services - Issaquah )

The City maintains a list of resources available for the community members. They can be found here . ( Human Services - Issaquah )

Residents may be involved by serving on the Human Services Commission or by volunteering with one of the Human Services Organizations. Occasionally the City is recruiting for interns or volunteers for special occasion. Paid opportunities are advertised through our jobs webpage . ( Human Services - Issaquah )

Bail can be posted at the court or at the Issaquah Jail Facility. Bail can be posted in the form of cash, cashier’s check or money order. To pay a cash bond over the phone by credit or debit card, please call PayGov.US at 866-480-8552. (A convenience fee will apply.) Personal checks will not be accepted. To post a bond, refer to the yellow pages and select a provider of your choice under Bail Bonds ( Jail - Issaquah )

Call 425-837-3268 or visit our online list. Jail in-custody list. ( Jail - Issaquah )

Use the Washington Courts search to find out when you need to appear in Issaquah Municipal Court or King County District Court. The search tool returns a case summary and, where applicable, calendar information and a list of case activities (docket). ( Jail - Issaquah )

Yes. Money can be put “on the books” for an inmate. Cash only – no checks or money orders. Contact jail staff in the visiting area to add money to an inmate's account. Please note: Any money, valuables, or clothing transactions can take up to an hour. ( Jail - Issaquah )

No. We will accept items such as white crewneck t-shirts, socks and undergarments sent directly from the manufacturer or online retailer via USPS, UPS or FedEx. We will not accept such items if they are mailed personally. No logos are allowed on any clothing. All clothing must be all-white and in its original packaging. ( Jail - Issaquah )

No. All books, magazines, newspapers and periodicals must be sent directly from the publisher. We cannot accept hard back books. ( Jail - Issaquah )

No. Inmates can purchase toiletry items and snack food from the Jail commissary if they have money in their inmate account. ( Jail - Issaquah )

No. You cannot call an inmate. ( Jail - Issaquah )

Yes. An inmate can call you. Inmates have access to the phone however, all calls are collect and long distance calls will include all applicable charges. ( Jail - Issaquah )

No. Inmates do not have access to a computer. ( Jail - Issaquah )

If you have been sentenced by the court, you should call the jail at 425-837-3265 to make sure there is bed space available. When you report to the jail you need to bring your identification and court commitment paper work. All other items will be supplied to you. Effective Dec. 1, 2014, you can turn yourself in any day of the week, but only between 7-9 a.m. You can also turn yourself in between 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is important that you do not report to serve jail time under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, as you will not be admitted and a letter will be sent to the court notifying them that you were under the influence. ( Jail - Issaquah )

As of Nov. 1, 2020, the fee for Outside Agency Court Commitment will be $180 per day. ( Jail - Issaquah )

The cost is $140 per day, payable only in cash, certified bank check or money order. ( Jail - Issaquah )

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in correctional settings such as prisons, jails, lockups, juvenile facilities and federal detention facilities. Sexual misconduct under this law includes: Inmate-on-inmate sexual assault and abuse Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct (sexual/inappropriate relationships with inmates) Inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual harassment The Issaquah Jail is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and inmates. The jail has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct of any kind and will impose discipline for such misconduct, up to and including dismissal for staff and serious infractions for inmates who victimize other inmates. Incidents of any and all reported sexual misconduct will also be referred to the Issaquah Police Department for criminal investigation. All complaints will be investigated. The Issaquah Jail and police department policies regarding sexual misconduct apply to all inmates. They also apply to employees, contractors and volunteers. To learn more, read our PREA annual report . ( Jail - Issaquah )

Inmates who are in custody at the Issaquah Jail are urged to report allegations of rape, sexual contact or staff sexual misconduct. There are different ways to report. Inmates can submit a kite, a grievance, telling a trusted staff member, or by making a free call from inside the jail (available on all phones) to the Issaquah Police Department Tip Line at 425-837-3210, or the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) at 1-888-99VOICE. Inmates can also report by asking a family member or friend to call the Issaquah Police Department's main line at 425-837-3200, the Issaquah Police Department Tip Line or the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. ( Jail - Issaquah )

The Issaquah Police Department investigates all allegations of inmate–on–inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct. You can report sexual misconduct in multiple ways: 1) If you have information regarding an Issaquah Jail inmate who has been the victim of sexual misconduct while in custody at the jail, please call the Issaquah Police Department's main line at 425-837-3200. An officer will then contact you. 2) Leave a message on the Issaquah Police Department Tip Line at 425-837-3210. Messages are checked daily. Please include the following information: The name(s) and locations of persons involved The name(s) or description of any witnesses to the incident A brief description of the incident(s) A brief description of where the event(s) occurred The date(s), time and place of occurrence(s) Names and contact information of others who might have additional information about the incident Your contact phone number and address (optional) 3) Contact the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center online , via the 24 hour Sexual Assault Resource Line at 1-888-998-6423, main office at 425-226-5062 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday), or via TTY at 425-271-6332 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday). ( Jail - Issaquah )

Fill out Section B of your summons and return it to the Municipal Court no later than 10 days before your first day of service. No news is good news. If you do not hear from us within five days of sending in your request, you have been excused. ( Jury Duty - Issaquah )

Arrangements may be made by appearing in person and signing a payment agreement. Additional costs may be imposed. ( Municipal Court Fines - Issaquah )

Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Once you have a date selected, the sooner you submit an application, the more likely you will be to secure that date. Picnic Shelter Rental Information ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

User groups must notify the Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department fourteen (14) days prior to the schedule rental date if they desire to cancel and receive a refund, less a $10 administration fee. Cancellations made 0 - 13 days prior to the event will result in no refund of the rental fees. Cancelation due to rain, does not warrant refund. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

BBQ grills must be self-contained. It is strongly recommended to bring gas grills rather than charcoal. A BBQ cannot be placed directly on the grass. You are responsible for the safe removal of charcoal and grease. Charcoal and grease CANNOT be dumped into garbage cans or bushes/natural areas at the park. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

No, not at this time. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

Yes, you can. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

Alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances are not allowed in City of Issaquah parks. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

If an event requires a caterer, we request that you contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 425-837-3300. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 425-837-3300. ( Picnic Shelters - Issaquah )

Find out who is in jail, when you can visit and more. Visit our jail web page. ( Police - Issaquah )

You can register your alarm online the City of Issaquah Alarm Program . Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

To submit or track your public records request to the Issaquah Police Department, go to . Please note: Issaquah's 911 center receives calls and dispatches officers for Snoqualmie and North Bend. The Snoqualmie Police Department retains police records for those communities. ( Police - Issaquah )

Learn more about your options for requesting a copy of a vehicle accident report at . ( Police - Issaquah )

The Washington State Patrol Identification and Criminal History Section (WASIS), has established the website WATCH as the official online resource for providing criminal history conviction records for Washington state. ( Police - Issaquah )

Non-U.S. residents may apply for a Concealed Pistol License by first contacting the Department of Licensing by phone at 360-753-2803 or by mail at: Department of Licensing Attn: Firearms Desk PO Box 9649 Olympia, Washington 98507-9649 Department of Licensing will send an application packet to the requester, along with instructions on how to proceed. Once the application received from the Department of Licensing is completed, it must be presented to the local law enforcement agency. Applicants must present: A completed application A Washington driver's license or identification card VISA, I-94 (Immigration form) or Resident Alien Card A non-refundable fee of $74.25 fee is collected and one set of fingerprints are taken (fingerprints are processed from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays). The completed application and fingerprints are forwarded to Department of Licensing by the law enforcement agency. Department of Licensing sends Alien Firearm Licenses to applicants directly. Should the applicant then be interested in then applying for a Concealed Pistol License, the Alien Firearm License must be presented to the law enforcement agency to submit an application. ( Police - Issaquah )

Visit the state Department of Licensing. Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

For information on the process and fees associated with firearm licenses, please visit the firearm license web page . ( Police - Issaquah )

Applications for firearms dealer licenses are accepted during normal business hours. One set of fingerprints is required for the dealer (fingerprints are processed from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays). Dealers must be 21 years old and present the following: Washington driver license or identification card Current federal firearms license Current state business license Current Issaquah business registration license Dealer licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance, and normally take two weeks to process. The fee of $125 is collected upon issuance, not upon application. Make out checks to: WA STATE TREASURER Each year about 30 Washington children are hospitalized and 19 children die from firearm injuries. Since 2000, the LOK-IT-UP program has worked to increase public awareness about the importance of safely storing or locking firearms. Firearm owners, parents, schools, law enforcement agencies, public health officials, health care providers and others have supported LOK-IT-UP. LOK-IT-UP focuses on family and community safety. It seeks to increase the voluntary safe storage of firearms as a way of preventing firearm-related deaths and injuries, particularly among children. To learn more, go to . Weapons Licenses / Permits ( Police - Issaquah )

The city bans the use and possession of all fireworks without a permit. The ban includes all fireworks, including sparklers, cones, fountains and roman candles. First approved in 1993, the city’s ban aims to keep both citizens and property safe. Most of Issaquah’s surrounding cities, including Sammamish, Bellevue and Redmond, also ban fireworks for personal use. Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

Our code is available online. Visit web page. ( Police - Issaquah )

Defendants have the right to have an attorney present at all criminal hearings. If you are unable to hire an attorney due to financial circumstances, you may qualify for a public defender. You must be screened to determine eligibility. Do not assume an attorney will be appointed to assist you. Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

Yes. The City's “photo enforcement program” along Second Avenue Southeast aims to increase safety and reduce speed violations near several Issaquah schools. The cameras only operate during school days from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The cameras monitor both directions of traffic along Second Avenue Southeast near the Clark Elementary School, Issaquah High School and Tiger Mountain High School corridor. Only vehicles that exceed the school zone’s speed limit of 20 mph are photographed and videotaped. Before the $124 infractions are mailed to the registered owners of speeding vehicles, the Issaquah Police Department reviews and confirms each violation. The infraction is a non-criminal offense that, like a parking ticket, is not part of the violator’s driving record. Those who receive an infraction have the option of paying the fine in full, requesting a hearing or submitting a “declaration of non-responsibility.” Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife has great resources. Learn more. ( Police - Issaquah )

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The department is in constant need off officers and is accepting applications all year. It is expected that the department will hire two to three officers a year for the foreseeable future. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

You can apply any time after you have met the minimum requirements for the position. You may not apply in anticipation of meeting the minimum requirements sometime in the near future. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

Once a lateral applicant has completed the oral interview with passing scores and is selected for a background investigation, the approximate time for the investigation is two to three months. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

All laterals (in-state and out-of-state) have to complete the field training program. The program may be shortened depending on the officer's experience. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

Out-of-state laterals do have to fulfill the requirements for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Equivalency Academy. Officers will complete a two week equivalency academy. Laterals will attend the equivalency academy after completing the field training program. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

No. Our officers live all over the Puget Sound area. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

You must be available to work 12-hour rotating shifts. Patrol officers work four 12-hour shifts, followed by four days off. Officers work two day shifts (6 a.m.-6 p.m.) followed by two night shifts (6 p.m.-6 a.m.). ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

Police Corporal You must have two years of college, equivalent to an associate's degree and a minimum two years of experience in law enforcement with the Issaquah Police Department; or two years of college equivalent to an associate's degree a minimum of four years law enforcement experience with one year experience in law enforcement with the Issaquah Police Department and successful completion of probation. Police Sergeant You must have two years of college, equivalent to an associate's degree and a minimum of three years of experience in law enforcement with the Issaquah Police Department; or two years of college, equivalent to an associate's degree and a minimum four years of law-enforcement experience, and with one year law enforcement experience with the Issaquah Police Department and successful completion of probation. ( Police Employment - Issaquah )

To report a spill or possible water pollution situation, call 425-837-3470. At any time, if you need to report emergency concerns that involve imminent danger to people or the environment, call 911. ( Pollution Prevention - Issaquah )

Stream monitoring in Issaquah has detected elevated levels fecal coliform concentrations, exceeding state water quality standards on a regular basis during rainfall events. Fecal coliform comes from human waste, pet waste and wildlife. To keep our waters clean, pet owners should pick up their pet waste from paved and landscaped areas and dispose of it properly so that is does not wash off into storm drains, lakes and rivers. Follow these pet waste tips: • Carry a plastic bag with you on walks. • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash. • Pet waste does not go in yard waste bin. • Do not dispose of pet waste in native growth and vegetative areas. ( Pollution Prevention - Issaquah )

By definition of the Issaquah Municipal Code, with very few exceptions, the only discharge allowed to a public or private storm system is rainwater. Water quality violations can range from minor incidents, such as car washing, to large spills from an overturned vehicle. Water quality violations can also come from multiple sources, including roadways, underground problems, failing septic systems or hazardous materials stored outside and uncovered from the rain. ( Pollution Prevention - Issaquah )

Anything other than rainwater that enters a storm drain or stream is considered a prohibited discharge, subject to enforcement and penalties. This includes: • Illicit connections to storm drainage systems or surface water, including sewers, process water, sump overflows, building drains, or other similar connections. • Chemicals, petroleum products, paints, detergents, solvents, or other toxic materials. • Trash, food waste, debris, animal waste, street cleaning waste or similar refuse. • Unstabilized soils, pavement debris, or materials that can erode in an uncontrolled manner into drainage or surface water. • Lawn clippings, leaves, branches, or other landscaping materials and yard debris deposited in a drainage facility or stream channel. • Turbid water from construction site runoff, dewatering or other excavation activities. ( Pollution Prevention - Issaquah )

Our pool is available for lap swimming and public (family) swimming many times throughout the day. Check our current schedule . ( Pool - Issaquah )

You may register for a swim lesson or pool program via: 1. Online registration 2. By calling 425-837-3350 3. In person at the pool, 50 S.E. Clark St. Payment must be made by Visa or MasterCard online or over the phone. ( Pool - Issaquah )

Bring a swimsuit (no cut-offs or clothing with ragged edges are allowed), as well as a towel, change of clothes and anything needed for a shower (soap, shampoo, etc.). A locker rental is 50 cents. All pool users who are not potty trained, and those who wear diapers, must wear a swim diaper covered by a swimsuit or plastic pants with elastic around the waist and legs. Non-swim diapers are not allowed in our pool. ( Pool - Issaquah )

Our pool is 40 yards long, and is separated into two sections by a bulkhead. The lap/deep end of the pool is 25 yards long; the shallow end is 15 yards. The pool depth varies. The shallow end is 3.5 feet and slopes down to 4 feet toward the bulkhead. The lap end of the pool is 4.5 to 12 feet deep. The pool depth slopes gradually from 4.5 to 6 feet, and then sharply from 6 to 12 feet. ( Pool - Issaquah )

The diving board is usually available during public swim, depending on user needs. Call the pool 425-837-3350 or check our current schedule . ( Pool - Issaquah )

Yes, anyone 6 years and older must use the locker room of their own gender. Family changing rooms are also available. There is a shower available on the pool deck for rinsing. ( Pool - Issaquah )

The type of sanitizer used is sodium hypochlorite, or liquid chlorine. ( Pool - Issaquah )

We partner with independent service providers to offer a variety of programs and experiences to our community. Our application is available online . ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

You can apply at any time. However, if you wish to start your programs during a specific season, your proposal should be submitted three to six months before the season begins. Note: Our Recreation Guide is distributed to the community every quarter. If you wish to have your program’s information included in the guide, you must be approved and in contract three months before the guide's release date. ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

Your application will be reviewed by a program coordinator. If your program is a good fit, the coordinator will contact you with more information. If your application is declined, we will notify you and keep your proposal on file for potential future programs. ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

A proposal could be declined for several reasons, including: Your program does not meet our mission, values or goals. We already offer a similar program for the same audience during a similar time frame. We have offered similar classes in the recent past that have not been popular among our customers. The program fees are too high. We do not have adequate space for the program during your requested times. Your program does not fit within our risk management guidelines. We cannot currently offer your program due to budget limitations. ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

Your program will be marketed in our quarterly Recreation Guide in print and online. Additionally, you may provide program flyers to be displayed in our Community Center. If appropriate, programs may also be promoted through City's website and social media platforms, and via the Issaquah School District. ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

Service providers are paid based on a percentage of the Issaquah Resident Rate class fee, for example: 60/40 split of your desired instruction fee plus percentage to City, e.g. $100 per student breaks down to $60 to service provider, $40 to the City. Professional Service Provider: If you operate as a professional business, have a business license, carry your own insurance and own all equipment and supplies, you will submit an invoice after the class is completed to receive payment. Contract Pay Supplemental: If you do not have your own business, but have a special skill and training, you will be hired as a city employee and will submit a timesheet to receive payment. ( Program Proposal - Issaquah )

The Issaquah Senior Center is located at 75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. All are welcome to visit and use the facility! For questions please call 425-392-2381 or visit . Membership is not required to enter, but registration is required on your first visit. Please check in at the front desk to register.  There are fees to participate in classes and programs. Please inquire at the front desk about how to register for classes and programs. Scholarships are available. ( Senior Services - Issaquah )

If you are 62 years of age or older and live within the Issaquah School District Boundaries, you will qualify for a Gold Pass. Proof of address will be required at the time of registration. ( Senior Services - Issaquah )

To learn more about senior programs, resources and events in our community, please  sign up for email updates by subscribing to the Seniors Services news flash and calendar lists. ( Senior Services - Issaquah )

A Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a set of policies and regulations required by state law that has three basic principles: 1) Encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines with an emphasis on water dependent uses, which when developed are consistent with the control of pollution and prevention of damage to the natural environment, such as docks, marinas, and recreational facilities, or industries and commercial uses that require a shoreline location and support economic development; and, 2) Protects the natural resources and character of the shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, water, and aquatic life within shoreline environment; and, 3) Promotes public access and provides opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the natural shorelines and recreational activities in shoreline areas. ( Shoreline Master Program - Issaquah )

“Shorelines of the state” are special waterbodies that meet certain size or flow criteria in the Washington state Shoreline Management Act (SMA). These shorelines of the state include rivers and streams with mean annual flow more than 20 cubic feet per second, lakes 20 acres or larger, and all marine shorelines. The shoreline jurisdiction extends 200 feet landward of the water’s edge and additionally includes associated wetlands, floodways, and up to 200 feet of floodplain contiguous to the floodway. Shorelines of the state in Issaquah include Lake Sammamish, Issaquah Creek and East Fork Issaquah Creek. ( Shoreline Master Program - Issaquah )

The City of Issaquah completed a comprehensive update to its SMP in 2011. Washington state law requires jurisdictions to review and update their SMPs every eight years in accordance with the Shoreline Management Act and its current guidelines and legislative rules to attain state approval. This periodic update will focus on: • Reviewing relevant legislative updates since 2013 and incorporating any applicable amendments; and • Ensuring consistency with recently adopted regulations for critical areas and flood hazard areas. This periodic update will NOT: • Re-evaluate the ecological baseline that was established as part of the 2013 comprehensive update; • Extensively assess no net loss criteria other than to ensure that proposed amendments do not result in degradation of the baseline condition; or • Change shoreline jurisdiction or environment designations. ( Shoreline Master Program - Issaquah )

Shoreline regulations apply to any land use activity that occurs within the shoreline jurisdiction as defined in the SMP. Included in those structures and uses regulated in the SMP are: • New or expanded structures, such as houses, sheds, and decks; • New or expanded in-water and over-water structures, such as docks, buoys, and boat launches; • Land development and alteration, such as clearing, grading, dredging, or filling; and • Other activities along the shorelines, including restoration (e.g., riparian planting, bank stabilization), trail construction, and public access. ( Shoreline Master Program - Issaquah )

While the City has acquired a significant amount of property along our streams, funding is typically very limited and we rely on grants for much of the purchase amount. The City typically targets larger parcels having significant open space potential for preserving and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. ( Stream / Habitat Restoration - Issaquah )

There are lots of options for leaving your car at home or taking a Salmon Friendly Trip ! The Route 200 bus circles through town and is free to ride. Issaquah also has lots of walking and biking trails or you can find a carpool or vanpool match on RideshareOnline . You can learn more on our Salmon Friendly Trips website. ( Sustainability - Issaquah )

Recology provides service for all of Issaquah. Call 425-837-1234 to set up service. ( Sustainability - Issaquah )

A great guide is available on the Recology website . You can also drop off various “ hard to recycle ” items at the Recology store in Gilman Village including household batteries, small appliances, electronics, latex paint, Styrofoam and more. ( Sustainability - Issaquah )

Compostable material includes food scraps and yard waste. A great guide is available on the Recology website . ( Sustainability - Issaquah )

At this time, there are no drop off locations for compost for residents that do not have service. ( Sustainability - Issaquah )

Cities have long been discouraged to use this sign, since it is a direct and open suggestion that playing in the roadway is acceptable and safe, when it clearly is not. In addition, it’s unlikely that drivers who ignore regulatory signs, such as speed limit signs, would pay attention to “SLOW - Children at Play” signs. ( Traffic - Issaquah )

Studies indicate that more accidents involving pedestrians actually occur in marked crosswalks than unmarked crosswalks. One reason may be the false sense of security that painted crosswalks provide. Therefore, crosswalks should be marked only where necessary for the guidance and control of pedestrians, per the City’s guidelines. ( Traffic - Issaquah )

Engineers establish speed limits using: • The road’s 85th percentile of speed (85 percent of drivers travel at this speed or lower). • Roadway characteristics. • Accident records. Studies have shown that simply reducing the speed limit does not slow down traffic, since drivers behavior is based on the characteristics of the roadway. ( Traffic - Issaquah )

When used at the right place, and under the right conditions, a stop sign is one of our most valuable and effective traffic control devices. We use national and state standards when determining if a stop sign is needed. Stop signs are generally used to help drivers determine the right of way at an intersection. Sometimes stop signs are also necessary due to physical obstructions. Using stop signs to control speeding, however, is ineffective because traffic will only slow or stop in the immediate vicinity of the stop sign. Oftentimes, speeds are actually higher between intersections to make up for the time lost for stopping. ( Traffic - Issaquah )

For single family properties – a property with a single-family home – an allotted number of Significant Trees (trees between 6 and 30 inch diameter measured at 4 1/2 feet above the ground) are allowed to be removed within a year or five-year period without a permit. A Tree Removal Form must be submitted to the City for any Significant Tree removal even if no permit is required. The number of trees allowed to be removed without a permit varies depending upon the size of your lot as follows: • lots up to 10,000 sq.ft. – Maximum of 2 trees a year and 4 in five years • lots between 10,001 and 20,000 sq.ft. – 4 trees a year and 8 in five years • lots greater than 20,001 sq.ft. – 6 trees a year and 12 in five years Also, an approved tree removal permit is always required for the removal or alteration of landmark trees, defined as trees with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of greater than 30 inches. The City wants to emphasize the importance of retaining older large trees, so trees with a DBH of greater than 30 inches cannot be removed without an approved tree removal permit. Multi-family and Commercial Properties - Any Significant Tree removal requires a permit. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

There is no fee to complete a tree removal form to confirm removal of the allotted number of trees allowed to be removed from a single family property. The fee for a tree removal permit – required for removal of trees exceeding your one or five year single family allotment; removal of trees greater than 30 inches; and, for removal of trees on non-single family properties – is $240. The $240 permit fee is due at the time of permit issuance – i.e., there is no application fee to have your tree removal proposal reviewed by the City. If you are required to get a retroactive tree removal permit – that is, if you get an after-the-fact permit for non-emergency tree removal work that has already been completed – then the permit fee is doubled to $480 in addition to any fines or mitigating actions that may be required as part of code enforcement. Also, there is no permit fee for removal or alteration of a hazard tree. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Certain trees – typically referred to as “protected trees” – are prohibited from consideration for removal with limited exceptions. The most common protected trees include those trees located within a critical area or its associated buffer. Critical areas include streams, wetlands, steep slopes, and landslide hazard areas. Critical areas and buffers are often included within a recorded tract called a Native Growth Protection Easement (NGPE). Removal or alteration of trees – or any native vegetation – located within a critical area, associated protective buffer, or a designated NGPE is strictly prohibited without City approval. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

If your home or other structures on your property have been recently developed, it is likely that all critical areas (streams, wetlands, steep slopes, etc.) and associated buffers have been delineated and recorded on legal documents as a Native Growth Protection Easement (NGPE). However, older developments may not have recent legal documentation of a recoded NGPE. Regardless, removal or alteration of any trees or native vegetation from a critical area or associate buffer is strictly prohibited – whether or not an NGPE has been formally recorded – and it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with this regulation. The City planning department can help you determine if your property contains critical areas and/or buffers where tree removal would be prohibited. Please call 425-837-3100 and a planner will assist you by reviewing maps and other resources or by arranging a field visit to review your property. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

In general, only trees that have a diameter at breast height (DBH) – i.e., a trunk diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground – of 6 inches or greater are regulated as trees in the City of Issaquah. Anything with a DBH smaller than 6 inches can be removed, pruned or altered – as long as it is not located in a critical area or buffer. There are a few exceptions to this rule that you should be aware of. First, when small trees (trees with DBHs smaller than 6 inches) are planted as part of mitigation for tree removal, these trees cannot be removed or altered until they have grown enough to meet criteria to be defined as a tree (i.e., until they reach 6 inches DBH). The City wants trees that are planted as mitigation to be protected until they actually become a regulated tree. Second, trees with multiple leaders at breast height (4.5 feet above the ground) may have a leader that is smaller than 6 inches and yet still be regulated as a tree. This is because trees with multiple leaders use the average leader diameter – the additive total diameter of all leaders divided by the number of leaders – measured at 6 inches above the point where the leaders digress. (And while we are discussing DBH and trees, please remember that all Landmark Trees – trees with a DBH greater than 30 inches – require an approved tree removal permit for removal or alteration.) ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Many exceptions to the City of Issaquah’s tree regulations are provided for hazard trees. However, these exceptions are only allowed if a City arborist, or another International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist confirms that a tree meets criteria to be defined as a hazard tree. In general, a tree will only be designated as a hazard tree if it has a confirmed defect and has the potential to hit a susceptible target (e.g., people or buildings). Hazard trees can be removed without a permit, but coordination with the City is required prior to removal in order to confirm that a tree meets hazard tree criteria. This required coordination is initiated the same as other tree removal requests – with the tree removal form. Simply indicate on the form that the request pertains to a hazard tree. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

One of the City’s top priorities is to minimize the risk associated with hazard trees – even hazard trees located in critical areas or associated buffers. However, complete removal of a hazard tree located in a critical area or associated buffer is typically not allowed. Instead, the tree is converted to a “habitat snag” by cutting the tree at the highest point possible that still eliminates a tree’s hazard risk. The lower portion of the tree remains in place as a habitat snag to provide habitat value for fish and wildlife. Also, in order to compensate for the loss in habitat value, additional tree plantings in the critical area and/or buffer may be required as mitigation. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

The City recognizes that emergency situations may arise that require a rapid response and immediate removal of imminently hazardous trees. This is certainly allowed, but it is asked that as much documentation as possible of the removed/altered trees be recorded – digital photos are most helpful – so that permits, as necessary, can be issued retroactively and tracking of removed trees can be completed. If a permit is required for removal of a hazardous tree as part of an emergency action, then the permit fee is waived. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Removal of hazard trees does not count toward a single family one and five year exempted tree allotment as long as the removed/altered trees are confirmed to be hazardous by either a City arborist or by another International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist. Except in emergency situations, confirmation of a hazard tree’s status must be completed by an ISA-certified arborist before a tree is removed and be confirmed by the City as part of the tree removal permit process (remember – there is no permit fee for the removal of a confirmed hazard tree) ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Removal of trees that are not associated with single family residences follows an entirely different process based on a project’s approved landscape plan. Managed properties – such as apartment complexes, condominiums, and retail facilities – are generally landscaped in accordance with a project landscape plan that is approved by the City when the project is first developed. Tree removal is allowed or disallowed based on a proposal’s consistency with the original landscape plan. In general, if a tree is proposed for removal, then a replacement tree is required in the same location consistent with the original landscape plan. In cases where an original landscape plan has not been developed or cannot be located tree removal requests are evaluated based upon consistency with a facility’s installed landscaping. A tree removal permit with the full $240 permit fee is required for all tree removals on non-single family properties. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Tree removal regulations in general are not applicable to active development projects. Once an applicable permit application is received for a proposed development project – including proposals for single family home development or expansion – necessary tree removal is reviewed as part of the permit application by the City’s planning department. At this point tree removal requirements do not apply, but the City’s tree retention requirements must be met as part of the development proposal. In general, City of Issaquah tree retention regulations for new developments require that 30% of the total combined DBH for all significant trees located within a project’s developable site area be retained for single family, duplex, short plats, or subdivision developments, and 25% be retained for all other development types. A planner will personally assist you in meeting and understanding tree retention requirements once a development proposal application is filed with the City. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

The City of Issaquah will remove hazard and nuisance trees from city rights of way and public properties if a tree’s hazard risk (or nuisance potential) is confirmed by a City or other ISA certified arborist. Once a tree has been confirmed as needing to be removed – or altered to eliminate hazard risk – the City’s public work operations department prioritizes tree removal actions based on the degree of associated risk. Thus, trees which have a high degree of associated risk are slated for removal first and trees causing a minor nuisance may be placed at the end of a prioritized list. If a resident wants to personally take responsibility for removing a ROW or other public tree that has been approved for removal, the public works operations department may allow residents to pay for and conduct the removal on public property. To request review of presumed hazard or nuisance tree located on City property please call 425-837-3100. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

City personnel generally try to stay out of disagreements pertaining to trees that potentially affect multiple private properties (e.g., trees on shared boundaries, neighbor trees with roots or branches that reach adjacent properties, etc.). Such disputes are civil matters between private entities. The City will assist homeowners to help them understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to the City tree regulations, but it is a private party’s best interest to work amicably with others to minimize hazard risk while keeping Issaquah green. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

As mentioned above, new developments must meet tree retention requirements that govern which trees can and cannot be removed when a project is built. In addition, the City limits the manner in which tree pruning and tree maintenance can be conducted. In general, tree topping – radical removal of the canopy of a tree – is prohibited in the City of Issaquah. This pruning regulation prohibits removal of more than 25% of a tree’s canopy during any one pruning event. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Illegal tree removal should be reported either to the City Development Services Department at 425-837-3100 or directly to the City code enforcement officer at 425-837-3107. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

City code allows for the levying of large fines in response to unpermitted tree removal activities. In addition, unpermitted tree removal may result in required mitigation such as replanting and restoration of disturbed areas. For minor unpermitted tree removal activities – where removal was conducted without malicious intent – a resident will be required to meet all permit requirements and pay a $480 permit fee (double the typical $240 permit fee) required for retroactive (after the fact) tree removal permits. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Trees in or near a power line should only be trimmed by Puget Sound Energy. They provide this service free of charge, visit their Tree Trimming FAQ for more information. Puget Sound Energy Tree Trimming FAQ ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

You do not need a permit from the City to prune trees provided they are done following accepted industry pruning standards. If pruning requires working in the public Right-of-Way, contact the Permit Center to determine if traffic or pedestrian controls/permit is required. Specifically this city code addresses pruning: 18.12.140 Landscape standards and specifications. J. Tree Pruning: 1. All pruning shall be done to the most recent National Arborist Association Standards: ANSI Z133.1 (2001) for safety factors and Z300 (part 1) for pruning. It is recommended that all pruning be done to Class I (Fine Pruning), Class II (Standard Pruning), or Class III (Hazard Pruning) standards. Class IV (Crown Reduction Pruning) shall only be done for the following reasons: a. Branches interfering with utility lines. (See FAQ regarding trees in utility lines) b. Significant crown die-back has occurred. c. Storm damage or prior incorrect pruning requires correction. 2. In no case is topping (the severe reduction of branches without consideration of the specifications for cutting back) allowed. 3. No more than twenty-five (25) percent of the total canopy may be removed unless approved by the City’s Horticulturist. ( Tree Removal - Issaquah )

Yes, and it's called Issy Easy Pay! Issy Easy Pay is a free, automated payment withdrawal service, which pays your utility bills (water, sewer and stormwater) directly from your checking or savings account. It is a simple, safe, convenient and reliable option to bill paying. Apply now and enjoy the benefits of no postage to pay, no checks to write, and no late fees to worry about. Issy Easy Pay Brochure and Application Form ( Utility Billing - Issaquah )

Have you noticed that your water bill is suddenly doubled in size? You may have a leak. The City offers a one-time leak adjustment to your bill if you qualify. Qualification criteria and instructions for how to apply for the leak adjustment is available on the Leak Adjustment page. ( Utility Billing - Issaquah )