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Yes, all dogs over the age of six months need to be licensed with the City. Dog licenses are issued on a calendar year basis from January 1 - December 31. License renewals are due by January 31 of each year. New dogs may be registered any time of the year. At no time may there be more than three adult dogs per household per BGMC 6.10.060. For more information see the City's dog licensing page.
Use our convenient online service to register your dog for a license or to renew a license.
Yes, any dog off the owner or custodian’s premises must be on a leash per BGMC 6.10.310.
Any animal which by habitual howling, yelping, barking, crowing or other noise disturbs or annoys any person or neighborhood to an unreasonable degree, taken to be continuous noise for a period of ten or more minutes or intermittent noise for a period of thirty or more minutes per BGMC 6.10.260.
Fill out the City's citizen action request form online.
If you are looking for your lost pet in the City of Battle Ground, please contact us at 360-342-5000 (option 0).
Pets that are found “wandering” on their own may be impounded by the City in order to protect the animal and the public. An impounded pet will be housed at a local veterinary hospital to ensure its safety and care while city staff works to identify and contact its owner.
To retrieve an impounded pet, the owner must pay an impound and any other applicable fees to the City of Battle Ground.
Chickens are allowed, however roosters are not allowed per BGMC 6.10.185.
Obtaining a City of Battle Ground business license is a 3-step process:
Step 1 - Application: There are two possible methods to apply for a City business license: online via the BLS website (fastest method), or by mail (via paper application). Application-related fees are found below.
Step 2 - City review and license activation: Upon successful completion of an application and associated payment, BLS will notify the City that the application information is available for review with respect to City regulations. Unless issues arise during the review, the City will typically activate a license within a week of BLS notification. (If issues arise, the applicant will be contacted).
Step 3 - Issuance of business license: Upon the City’s activation of a business license, BLS will mail to the business a Washington State Business license that has the applicable category of city license printed within the "City Endorsement" section of the state license, along with an expiration date. There are three possible categories of city license issued for Battle Ground, see descriptions below.
Note: A business’s state-issued Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number is used to reference its city business license account.
The City of Battle Ground requires a business to hold a City business license if it is either (1) physically located within city limits, or (2) entering city limits to conduct business.
Verify the address by:
Step 1: Go to https://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property/index.cfm
Step 2: Type in the street address or tax parcel number and click search.
Step 3: Find the “Administration Data” table and go to the row that says “Jurisdiction”. If the Jurisdiction says Battle Ground then you are located within City limits.
A City business license is active until the expiration date shown on the state license. To facilitate the annual renewal process, BLS mails a renewal notice to each active city business licensee approximately six weeks prior to the applicable expiration date. The notice will include instructions that allow for completion of the renewal process to the expiration date. Once deemed complete, BLS will issue an updated state license showing the applicable city endorsement category and new expiration date.
If you have additional questions contact:
Washington State BLS: Email: email@example.com Phone: (800) 451-7985Website: www.bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx
Updates to the business name, governing people, and/or address(es) should be made online or reported via e-mail.
The agenda is available in the Agenda Center five to seven days prior to the scheduled council meeting. Use our Notify Me subscription service to receive an email or text message with a link to the agenda when it is published.
The agenda is available in the Agenda Center five to seven days prior to the scheduled council meeting. Or, use our Notify Me subscription service to receive an email or text message with a link to the agenda when it is published.
Minutes of each City Council meeting are published after Council approval at the subsequent regular council meeting. Minutes can be viewed in the Agenda Center.
Complete the Request for Public Record Form and return it by:
The City Clerk serves as the Claims Agent and Title VI Coordinator for the City of Battle Ground. City Clerk
Your civil rights are granted by federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin. Please refer to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Please complete and submit a Request for Accommodation form.
You may file a discrimination claim by completing and submitting a claim form available in the Civil Rights & Title VI Complaint Procedures and Claim Form document.
Tile VI is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin by government agencies that receive federal financial assistance. Refer to the U.S. Department of Justice's Overview of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
You may file a claim by completing and submitting a claim form available in the Civil Rights & Title VI Complaint Procedures and Claim Form document.
The City will investigate the complaint and notify the complainant of its finding. You may the procedures in the Civil Rights & Title VI Complaint Procedures and Claim Form document.
You must complete and submit a Claim for Damages form and include documentation of estimates, receipts, and/or photos in support of the claim.
The City will investigate the claim with the related department or staff member and forward all information to our insurance authority who will examine the claim, may use the services of an adjuster, and upon completion of the investigation, will make the final determination if negligence is found.
Urban planning is the process of creating long-term visions for places and communities to create fiscally, socially, and environmentally sustainable communities. In Battle Ground, the planning department works to preserve our natural landscape, create livable communities, a diverse economy, and sustainable development.
Battle Ground's Zoning Code defines an areas density, permitted uses, size, and location of type of development.
All of our land use applications can be found on the Land Use App/Review page. Additionally, you can find building permit applications on the Permit Application page.
Step 3: Find the “Administration Data” table and go to the first row that says “Zoning Designation”. To the right there will be the applicable zoning district.
Step 4: Click on “Codes” link to take you directly to Battle Ground zoning code chapter and select the appropriate zoning section.
Step 1: See FAQ “How can I find out what zone I live in?” for applicable zoning district. If you know the relevant zoning district for your parcel/property proceed to step two.
Step 2: Go to: http://www.codepublishing.com/WA/BattleGround/
Step 3: Click on “Title 17 Zoning”
Step 4: Find applicable zoning district chapter
Step 5: Click on permitted uses
Step 5: Click on dimensional requirements
Step 1: Go to: http://www.codepublishing.com/WA/BattleGround/
Step 2: Click on “Title 17 Zoning”
Step 3: Click on Chapter 17.129: General lot, yard, and height provisions
Step 4: Click on 17.129.050 General requirements for accessory buildings and structures
Yes, accessory apartments are allowed in all residential zoning districts and are processed as a Type I land use action per BGMC 17.135. The ADU is required to meet setbacks for the zoning district you live in. See an early question to figure out what zone you are in and what your setbacks are. Lastly, the ADU cannot be larger than 40% of the gross floor area of the primary single-family structure (not including garage). The maximum square footage allowed for an ADU is one thousand square feet. If you need help determining size and placement of an ADU call the City’s planning department 360-342-5047.
Use the online Citizen Action Request feature to report an issue or ask a question; your submission will be routed to the appropriate department. You may also contact City Hall by phone at (360) 342-5000.
You may contact City Council members directly by phone or email. Visit the Meet your City Council page for contact information.
The area within the city limits becomes part of Fire District 3’s jurisdiction. City of Battle Ground property owners would be within the fire district and pay for fire/EMS services directly to the fire district.
Unlike other Clark County cities, Battle Ground does not have its own fire department nor is it part of a fire district. The city contracts with Fire District 3 to provide services within the city. The current contract expires in 2021 and must be renegotiated.
The city has explored this option. The estimated startup costs alone are nearly $7 million and annual operating costs would exceed $3 million, which the city cannot afford. We also cannot rely on a volunteer fire department considering the size of the city, which is 21,500 people making more than 2,500 emergency calls per year.
Yes, the city went through a competitive bidding process. Fire District 3 was the most cost-effective and provided the highest level of service for our community.
The amount an individual property owner pays varies because it is based on the assessed value of their property. Currently, property owners pay the equivalent of $1.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value to the city for Fire/EMS services. This is paid out of the city’s general property tax levy of $1.37/$1,000.
Under annexation, the fire levy is projected to be $1.30/$1,000. To determine the projected annual cost of a Fire/EMS levy, simply multiply $.0013 by the assessed value of your home. For homes assessed between $300,000 and $400,000, the projected annual cost would range between $390 and $520. (The median assessed value of a residential property in the city is $298,000.)
To help offset the cost, the city will reduce its utility (water, sewer, stormwater drainage) tax from the current rate of 22% to 12% - a 46% decrease in the utility tax you pay should annexation occur. (The tax reduction is formalized in City Council Resolution #19-09.) For the average customer using 8 units of water and 6 units of sewer, the savings equates to $103 per year. The reduction in utility tax is beneficial to both homeowners and renters.
Any net increase in taxes is dependent on each individual’s circumstances. This Annexation Calculator will help estimate projected costs under your individual circumstances. **If the Annexation Calculator does not work with your browser, simply download it and open with Adobe Reader**
Yes, to help offset the cost, the city will reduce its utility (water, sewer, stormwater drainage) tax from the current rate of 22% to 12% - a 46% decrease in the utility tax you pay. For the average customer using 8 units of water and 6 units of sewer, the savings equates to $103 per year. The reduction in utility tax is beneficial to both homeowners and renters. The tax reduction, should annexation occur, was formalized by City Council on August 19, 2019 with Resolution #19-09.
The remaining revenue will be used to fund better response times for fire and police (including investigative services and stronger traffic enforcement), more street maintenance and preservation projects, sidewalk repair and replacement, parks maintenance and planning for park and recreation facilities, and more programs and events that engage and strengthen community.
If annexation is approved, the city will no longer have to pay the Fire District for services. (Fire/EMS will be provided to Battle Ground residents directly by Fire District 3.) The city will utilize the funds that currently go to pay the contract on an annual basis as follows:
The fire/EMS services contract will exceed the city’s property tax collection revenues by 2021. Without annexation, emergency service levels would have to be reduced for the city to maintain a balanced budget. The city has discussed what these and other service level cuts would be, including:
In 2019, the contract costs $2,964,508 which comes out of the city’s general fund. The general fund also pays for other city services such as police, parks and recreation, community development (planning, building, code compliance), and public works (streets and public facilities).
Voters in both the city and the fire district must approve annexation for it to occur.
The City collects a one-time Fire Impact Fee from new residential or commercial developments. This revenue is dedicated to funding capital projects for fire, such as the new engine that was purchased by the city in 2014. Under annexation, these impact fees would be used by the Fire District instead to fund future fire capital projects. After the Fire Impact Fee, property owners in the City would pay the same fire levy rate for service as those in the District.
If voters approve annexation, Fire District 3 will continue to maintain a fire station in the City. The existing station, owned by the City, will be leased to Fire District 3.
Complete and submit the Request for Public Record form.
You may use our online Citizen Action Request feature to report an issue or to ask a question; your submission will be routed to the appropriate department. You may also contact City Hall by phone at (360) 342-5000.
The Battle Ground Community Center offers room rental space from a small meeting and larger multi-purpose rooms to the spacious Lewis River Reception Hall. Visit the Facility Rentals for details on rental fees, amenities and the reservation process.
To contact the department Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, call 360-342-5200. For after hours non-emergency services, dial 3-1-1 to be connected to our officers through the CRESA dispatch center.
Our Utilities Department staff can assist you with utility account. They can be reached at (360) 342-5002.
Garage sale signs may be placed on the property where the garage sale is located, for no longer than 7 days.
Garage sale signs may also be placed at another location to direct people to the garage sale, as long as they are no larger than 6 square feet, located on private property only with the permission of the owner, and are taken down within twenty-four hours of the event (BGMC 17.139.120.G).
No. Garage sale signs do not require a permit (BGMC 17.139.120).
There is no limit on the number of signs.
Up to 50 square-feet of maximum sign area is authorized on site.
For off-site directional signs, no larger than 6 square-feet per sign (BGMC 17.139.120.G).
Any sign placed in the right-of-way is prohibited. This includes streets, street medians, sidewalks, landscaping strips, the extra space behind sidewalks for underground utilities or utility poles (BGMC 17.139-1.).
Signs attached to utility poles, public traffic signs, trees, benches, fences, rocks, or other natural features, are also prohibited (BGMC 17.139.075).
Confiscated signs are discarded and may not be retrieved.
The City Council is responsible for making or changing the laws governing signs, or establishing general policy surrounding signs.
City staff is in charge of administering the City’s adopted laws. If you have a question or concerns regarding sign regulations, or how they are being administered, please direct them to Sam Crummett, Planning Supervisor, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 342-5042. Please detail your question or concern, and contact information. Staff will document your comments, and direct you on what course of action is available.
A business can employ up to one nonresident employee. Otherwise, all uses or activities associated with home occupations shall be wholly carried on within a dwelling or accessory structure by a member or members of a family except as allowed in subsection (B)(2)(a) of this section. For more information see BGMC 17.135.090.
The addition of a separate side entrance is authorized. However, there shall be no evidence of the home occupation from the exterior of the structure. There shall be no exterior modification of the structure that would suggest use other than for residential purposes, such as the conversion of garages to useable space by filling in the garage door opening. For more information see BGMC 17.135.090.
Yes. The combined total number of customers and business visitors associated with the home occupation shall be limited to no more than an average of six per day per week (Monday through Sunday). For more information see BGMC 17.135.090.
Not more than 25% of the combined floor space of such dwelling and accessory structure or 500 square feet, whichever is less, may be used for the home occupation. For more information see BGMC 17.135.090.
A list of available positions can be found on the Employment Opportunities page of our City website.
Applications for open employment opportunities must be completed and submitted online.
Please remember all applications must be submitted by the deadline posted in the job announcement.
To ensure you will be considered for other positions, watch our Employment Opportunities site. You must submit a separate application for all positions you are interested in.
You can contact us via email at email@example.com or at 360-342-5009.
The City of Battle Ground only accepts applications for the posted positions on the job opportunities page.
There are computers with internet access available for the public to use at the various public libraries. Be prepared to sign up to use a computer and be aware there may be a time limit. Family and friends might also have Internet access available for you to use.
You will be asked to provide personal information such as name, address, phone number, etc. You will also be asked to provide information about your education, employment history, and references. An email address and/or phone number will also be required so we can reach you.
Yes, occasionally the City has a need to recruit for temporary employees. When this occurs, the City will post the temporary position on the Job Opportunities page.
No. When job opportunities are available, all applications must be completed and submitted online.
At Battle Ground City Hall, which is located at 109 SW 1st Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Human Resource offices are located on the second floor.
Civil Service applications are held on file for 1 year. All other applications are only considered during the recruitment period and position for which the application was submitted.
Yes, the employment history section of the application is required.
The City of Battle Ground offers benefit eligible employees the following benefits, including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, employee assistance program and membership into the WA State Public Employees' Retirement Systems. We also offer paid leaves such as vacation, sick leave and holidays. In addition, we offer the following voluntary benefits: deferred compensation retirement programs, flexible spending account, dependent care account, and supplemental life insurance.
To find your court date, visit the Washington Courts website:
Court is conducted every Thursday, beginning at 8:30 am, excluding Holidays when court my be conducted on Wednesday. Please contact court staff if you have any questions regarding your court date at 360-342-5150.
Yes, online payments and phone payments are accepted and processed by Certified Payments.
Making a payment over the phone:Call the number 1-866-549-1010The phone system will ask for a Bureau Code and a Reference Number The Bureau Code for the City of Battle Ground is: 7542884 The Reference Number is your citation number
Call the number 1-866-549-1010The phone system will ask for a Bureau Code and a Reference Number The Bureau Code for the City of Battle Ground is: 7542884 The Reference Number is your citation number
Making a payment online:www.cityofbg.org/courtpaymentClick continue to ensure you are paying a City of Battle Ground fee/fineEnter the payment amountEnter your case numberEnter your name in the comments boxSelect the card typeEnter the credit card informationClick ‘I Agree’ if you agree to the chargesClick the ‘I am not a robot’ boxReview the information and, if correct, click process payment.
www.cityofbg.org/courtpaymentClick continue to ensure you are paying a City of Battle Ground fee/fineEnter the payment amountEnter your case numberEnter your name in the comments boxSelect the card typeEnter the credit card informationClick ‘I Agree’ if you agree to the chargesClick the ‘I am not a robot’ boxReview the information and, if correct, click process payment.
You may drop your payment off, and put it in the City Water drop box, outside of City Hall. It must be in a sealed envelope marked "Battle Ground Court" with your name and case number if known clearly marked on the check or money order. Never leave cash.
You may also call Certified Payments at 1-866-549-1010 or pay online at the Certified Payments website to pay with a debit or credit card. Certified Payments charges a 3rd-party fee for usage.
Making a payment over the phone:Call the number 1-866-549-1010The phone system will ask for a Bureau Code and a Reference NumberThe Bureau Code for the City of Battle Ground is: 7542884The Reference Number is your citation number
Call the number 1-866-549-1010The phone system will ask for a Bureau Code and a Reference NumberThe Bureau Code for the City of Battle Ground is: 7542884The Reference Number is your citation number
Yes, card payments are accepted by Certified Payments. Certified Payments charges a 3rd-party fee for usage.
If your case is a non-driving offense, and you become (2) months past due, the court will start the collection process.
Yes. The court may defer a finding on certain infractions. There are many variables whether a driver is deferred eligible so you will need to contact the court to see if you qualify. Call court staff at (360) 342-5150 to inquire. A deferred ticket is monitored for 12 months and if no additional tickets are issued, the Department of Licensing is not notified of the ticket. A driver may receive one deferred ticket every 7 years.
No, all obstructions to streets, alleys, crossings, or sidewalks are prohibited per BGMC 8.12.010.
Per BGMC 8.20.020, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain all trees, plants, shrubs, or vegetation on his or her property, which includes plants obstructing the use of sidewalk or street by the public. The best solution is to contact the property owner directly about maintaining obstructing vegetation. If neighborly conversations are not getting anywhere, fill out a citizen action request or contact us.
A nuisance property is a broad category of items that are considered menace to public health, safety, and general welfare. Often this includes the accumulation of junk, abandoned vehicles, parts, scrap metal, piles of debris, and other unsightly materials. For an extensive definition of what constitutes a nuisance please go to BGMC 8.12.
For information on recreation classes for youth, adults and seniors, please contact Battle Ground School District Community Education Program.
Phone: (360) 885-6584Website: bgce.battlegroundps.org
The Battle Ground Community Center offers room rental space from a small meeting and larger multi-purpose rooms to the spacious Lewis River Reception Hall. Visit the Facility Rentals or call 360-342-5380 to find out more information about rental fees, amenities and the reservation process.
Battle Ground Lake State Park is operated by Washington State Parks. Campsite reservations and Discover parking pass information is available at website.
Battle Ground Lake State Park is operated by the state of Washington, and requires a separate pass to enter.
To contact the department Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, call 360-342-5200. For after hours non-emergency services you will need to dial 3-1-1 to be connected to our officers through the CRESA dispatch center.
There is a Request for Public Records form available at the front desk or online Some information within police reports may be confidential, or not for disclosure under certain laws maintained in the Revised Code of Washington. Each request will be considered individually and responded to in a timely manner. Please refer to the City's Fee Schedule; charges vary depending on how the record is provided.
A Pubic Record includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of City business.
No. RCW (Revised Code of Washington) 42.56 contains a list of records that are exempt from disclosure, and there are additional records exempt from disclosure cited in various other chapters of the RCW.
A person is allowed to view public records free-of-charge during normal business hours of the department where the record is held.
Please refer to the City's Fee Schedule; charges vary depending on how the records are produced.
No. However, the City must acknowledge receipt of the request within 5 days and provide one of the following responses:
No. Once a request has been received, the request itself becomes a public record.
The city will need your contact information for staff to to communicate with you regarding your request.
No. The Public Records Act allows a city to recover a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records.
No. RCW 42.56.070 prohibits the access of lists of individuals for commercial purposes.
All City of Battle Ground utility bills are mailed out on the last business day of every month and are due on the 20th of the following month. For example, if January 31st is the last business day of the month, the bill is sent out on that day and is due on the 20th of February.
For 2020, the minimum monthly bill for new customers is $78.99 per month. For further information, please visit the Utility Services and Rates page.
The city offers a number of ways to pay your utility bill.
There are two types of automatic payments that customer's may enroll in with The City of Battle Ground.
Minimum monthly charges are required for the maintenance and upkeep of the water, sewer, and storm drainage infrastructure.
Customers who are in past-due (delinquent) status receive a late notice stating as much. The past-due notice contains important information, including the amount owing for immediate payment, and the final date payment will be accepted without further penalty.
Should the utility account remain in past-due status upon the beginning of the shut-off day stated on the bill, a $27.00 administration fee will be assessed on the account, and services will be terminated.
Any customer who is disconnected for non-payment shall not be reconnected until the pastdue balance is paid in full.
After-hours reconnections (those made after 5:00pm) will include an additional charge of$95.00, which will be added to the account and due with the next regular-bill.
For utility bills, a "unit" of water is 100 cubic feet, or approximately 748 gallons of water.
An industry-standard Winter Water Average is used to determine your sewer consumptionand rate for the year. The utility department averages your water usage for the months of Dec., Jan., Feb., andMar. and uses this average consumption number as your sewer usage until the next WinterWater Average is determined.
For new customers, this average is set at 6 until an average can be determined.
Shut-off day varies month-to-month. Please refer to the utility cutoff calendar for the current months' cutoff date.
The city does not estimate water consumption; water meters are read on a monthly basis.
It is not unusual to see the same amount of water consumption on your bill for consecutive months because water consumption is billed in increments of 100 cubic feet (approx. 748 gallons).
Please refer to the our utility rates page for more information.
Per BGMC 8.15.010, a vehicle may be parked on a public street for 72 hours. An “abandoned vehicle” means a vehicle that has been left on the public right-of-way or on any public parking lot controlled by the City for a period of seventy-two hours or more. If a vehicle is determined to be abandoned, the City will place a notice on said vehicle.
No, parking and driveways for single-family residential uses shall be improved with a permanent surface per BGMC 17.133.030.
RV’s are not allowed to be permanently occupied while being parked in the public right-of-way or on private property. For the purpose of accommodating visitors, a recreational vehicle may be allowed to be occupied for up to fourteen days within a one-hundred-twenty-day period of successive days in residential areas only per BGMC 10.14.060.
Parking any truck with a gross weight capacity in excess of fourteen thousand pounds or any semi-tractor on any public right-of-way is not allowed per BGMC 10.14.060.
Per BGMC 17.135.150, storage of house trailers, horse trailers, and other recreational vehicles and trailers in residential districts outside of an enclosed structure shall be kept behind the front building line of the principal dwelling unit and shall observe the other setback requirements that apply to accessory buildings and structures.
No, these natural areas should not be disturbed and should remain in their natural state. Any disturbed wetland areas should be brought back to their natural condition and reseeded with native wetland plants per BGMC 18.280. Any ongoing activity in a wetland area will result in code enforcement action and potential fines. For further information please, contact Sam Crummett, Planning Supervisor, at 360-342-5042.
No, these natural areas should not be disturbed and dumping yard clippings is a violation of BGMC 18.280. Any disturbed wetland areas should be brought back to their natural condition and reseeded with native wetland plants. Any ongoing activity in a wetland area will result in code enforcement action and potential fines. For further information please, contact Sam Crummett, Planning Supervisor, at 360-342-5042.
There are certain exemptions where vegetation may be removed in wetlands, such as, invasive species or a hazard tree. To proceed under an exemption, contact the City Community Development Department to verify the exemption activity (please call: 360-342-5047).