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City of Newcastle COVID-19 Procedures
Updated June 26, 2020

- Building Permit Applications and Inspections -

The following provisions will ensure that construction activity in the City of Newcastle complies with Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington approach to Phased Reopening and his associated Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements (hereafter referred to as “Governor’s Order”).

Acceptance of Building Permit Applications: Building Permit Applications will be accepted for all permit types.

Issuance of Building Permits: Building Permit issuance will be contingent upon the applicant submitting a signed Safe Start Construction Attestation that documents compliance with the Governor’s Order.

Inspection Limitations: Our inspector will make determinations whether inspections can occur on site or must be conducted remotely. Remote inspections will be conducted via Google Duo. Please schedule regular inspections through You will be notified if a remote inspection will be necessary.


In an effort to provide more ways to connect with the Community Development Department, the City is implementing self-service virtual appointments with a member of the planning staff. You can book a 15 minute free appointment (for either a phone call or Zoom videoconference) with a planner to consult on property and zoning code questions. Use the following link to book your appointment with: Erin Fitzgibbons (Tuesdays noon-1pm) or Dave Van De Weghe (Thursdays 3pm-4pm). For questions regarding this service, please email


The Community Development Department oversees land use, development, and code enforcement activities within the City of Newcastle. The functions of the department are split into two divisions:

Building Division, which handles construction permitting and code enforcement. Building staff also assist in the intake of applications, as well as perform required site inspections through the duration of construction projects.

Planning Division, which oversees land use and development applications (such as subdivisions, variances, and conditional use permits) and state environmental regulation compliance. Additionally, the Planning Division assists in the long-range planning efforts of the City, and provides staff support to the City Council, Planning Commission, and Newcastle Neighborhood Group.

Working in tandem, both divisions of the department ensure development and construction projects meet State and City standards, and strive to provide the best service to residents and business owners in the City of Newcastle.

Click here for information on permitting, including whether your project will require a permit.

Click here for a list of land use and building permit application forms.

Click here to view the Newcastle Zoning Ordinance.

Click here to view the latest Newcastle Comprehensive Plan.

Click here to view the Community Business Center Master Plan. Click here for Appendix A (Market Study). Click here for Appendix B (Design Guidelines). 

Click here for Newcastle Surface Water Management and WA State Permitting.

Contact Information

Steve Osguthorpe

Steve Osguthorpe, AICP
Community Development Director

For general planning questions, email

12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
Newcastle, WA 98056   

T  425.649.4444
F  425.649.4363

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