Face coverings are currently required for persons attending City Council meetings in person per the Washington Governor’s proclamation 20-25.16.

Face Coverings Required In City Facilities Starting August 23, 2021

To comply with the Statewide Face Coverings order, beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, all City of Ellensburg employees and customers in City facilities will be required to wear a face covering when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Governor Inslee announced this change on August 18, and the Washington State Department of Health issued requirements via Order 20-03.4.

This new order is in response to the emergence of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant that is at least twice as transmissible as the virus that emerged in late 2019, coupled with the continued significant numbers of unvaccinated people, which caused COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to rise sharply among unvaccinated populations and have resulted in breakthrough infections in some fully vaccinated individuals. Read more:

Here is the City's emergency contact list during the COVID-19 outbreak.


City Council will continue to meet via hybrid meetings the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (unless the meeting falls on an observed holiday). Meetings will be held in person at City Hall, 501 N. Anderson St., livestreamed on Zoom, and livestreamed on ECTV and recorded for viewing at a later date. Masks are required when attending meetings in person. 

Should a board or commission convene for business, the public will have the option to participate virtually. How to view or call into the meeting will be made available via the calendar. Meetings are hybrid with in-person and virtual offerings.


Many City services are accessible online or via the phone. We encourage customers to stay home if you are not feeling well. Note the following information about City of Ellensburg facilities and services:


501 N. Anderson St., (509) 962-7204 or send an email.

Customer Service Counter (Lobby)
The utility customer service counter is open for all services.

Community Development
Give us a call, visit online or make an appointment with Community Development staff. Staff will be available for limited in-person meetings. Call (509) 962-7231.

Building Permit Application Submittals:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking that all building and planning permits be submitted in electronic format only, which can be applied for online at the SMARTGov permit tracking portal, or submitted via email.  For general building submittal questions, or to submit a Building permit, Mechanical or Plumbing Application, please email permitting or call (509) 962-7239.

Public Works and Utilities 
Our second-floor counters are open or give us a call at (509) 962-7230.

The City administrator’s office is serving customers at our first-floor counter or give us a call at (509) 962-7221.


Open Monday 12-5 PM, Tuesday-Friday 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday 12-4:30 PM. Appointments are required for animal intakes. Pet licensing is available online.1 007 S. Industrial Way, (509) 962-7246.


Open with modified hours and services. 6061 Vantage Hwy. (509) 925-8636.


Open with modified hours. 209 N. Ruby St. (509) 962-7250.


Public safety services continue to be fully operational. The lobby is open. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services. Lobby, 100 N. Pearl, (509) 962-7280.


The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool and Fitness Center is open. 815 E 6th Ave., (509) 962-7211

PARKS (open space and outdoor facilities)

Parks are open, but bathrooms have been winterized for the year. 


Youth programming is operational. The Youth Center has updated its after school program to mirror the school district's change to a hybrid schedule.Capacity is limited. 406 E. Capitol Ave. (509) 925-8604


Adult Activity Center, 506 S. Pine St. (509) 962-7242. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for drop-ins. Find out about virtual programming  at


The State of Washington has established a clearinghouse to help connect people and information.

On November 15, 2020, Governor Inslee updated the Safe Start Washington plan

On June 23, 2020,  the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 27, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee unveiled the Safe Start Washington plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

On April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Statewide K-12 School Closure order

On April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy

On March 22, 2020, Governor Inslee requested a major disaster declaration for Washington State which was approved by the federal government.

On May 21, 2021 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.13 with changes to masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.

On July 1, 2021 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.14, Washington Ready

On August 18, Governor Inslee updated the Statewide Face Coverings Order to mandate all people wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the amendment.

This is an unprecedented time for our community and for the world. Let’s support one another, be kind, take time to listen and help.

Much information is available about the COVID-19 pandemic. One resources we refer to is Washington State’s Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers.

Information about CARES Act funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriated by the US Congress and passed through the State of Washington to local jurisdictions is available on the WA Commerce website.

Here's a summary of resources for you and your family during the COVID pandemic - Spanish and English