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Contact the Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for a visitor information packet. Reach them at 425-485-4353 or at email@example.com.
We use the Municipal Research & Services Center (MRSC) roster. Learn more and find registration information on our Small Works Roster page.
Our newspaper of record for advertising is The Seattle Times. We often run the same bid ads in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Except for small works projects, contractors can typically download project plans and specifications on
7 am - 8 pm Monday through Friday
9 am - 6 pm Saturday
No construction on Sundays or observed holidays
There are a few exceptions:
1) Highway construction
2) Sounds coming from a residential property caused by temporary projects necessary for the maintenance or repair of homes, grounds, and appurtenances.
For those purposes, construction noise is allowed from 7 pm - 10 pm any day of the week.
For more information about noise and construction regulations, see
Learn about current and upcoming construction projects.
Contact Community Development at 425-806-6400.
Many projects have a "Proposed Land Use" notice board near the project site, which gives specific information about the development. It is helpful if you have the project name when you call us.
You can also use COBmap to view many private development projects.
View the 2017-2023 Capital Facilities Plan online.
The current version of Bothell's Design and Construction Standards and Specifications is available
Please contact us right away! We need to know about spills immediately so we can try to prevent pollutants from going down our storm drains and into our streams.
Fire systems such as fire alarms and sprinklers are designed to ensure the safety of occupants. When a system is not working properly, as a temporary measure, the Fire Marshal may allow a fire watch. This is to allow for the building to remain in use and occupants safe, while the system is down.
As fire systems are such a vital feature for life safety, and a failure to perform fire watch is a fire code violation, there is a daily fine of $405 in cases where the watch is not conducted correctly or concluded prior to Fire Marshal approval. Please be advised that only the Fire Marshal can cancel a fire watch.
A fire watch is a person assigned to observe an area to ensure there are no hazards or fire, while the fire system is down. A fire watch must be performed while the building is occupied. In commercial buildings, a fire watch must be conducted even if there is only one person in the building. In multifamily residential buildings, a fire watch must be conducted 24 hours a day.
- Intentional Impairments: contact our office at 425-806-6250 to receive a Fire Watch Order at least 24 hours in advance.- Unintentional Impairments/Malfunctioning Fire System: Complete the bottom portion of the Fire Watch Order and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A designated person whose only purpose is to perform constant patrols of the affected area to detect and notify the fire department of fire hazards. Fire watch cannot be done by someone performing any other functions. Many businesses choose to contract with a security agency to perform the functions of a fire watch. Fire Watches are not conducted by the Fire Department.
The monitoring should be constant and one entry should be made on the log at least every half hour. The logs must be emailed to email@example.com daily to indicate the watch is being performed.
- A fire watch is required when a fire system is out of service. Examples are emergency phone line outages causing lack of monitoring communications, when systems are intentionally impaired or taken offline for construction work or when plumbing work calls for the need to drain sprinkler lines.- During hot work activities, including 30 minutes after the conclusion of the work unless the hot work area has no fire hazards or combustible exposure. There are additional requirements related to hot works as defined by the International Fire Code, please contact the Fire Marshal’s office.-During demolition of a building or building construction during working hours that is hazardous in nature.- Some gatherings may require a fire watch due to the nature of the activity. Examples include bonfires, pyrotechnic displays and gatherings of such size or limited access that impairs the firefighters’ abilities.
- Intentional Impairments: contact our office at 425-806-6250 to receive authorization to conclude the watch.- Unintentional Impairments/Malfunctioning Fire System: once the contractor has completed repairs, a repair report downloaded from The Compliance Engine must be emailed to the Fire Prevention Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Please be advised that a fire watch can only be cancelled by the Fire Marshal. Concluding a fire watch prematurely is a fire code violation and carries a fine of $405 per day.
Find a list of acceptable items at the Hazardous Waste Help website.
More details about the upcoming shred event are available on the Community Shredding Event page. Additional options are available at your local office supply/copy center or your credit union/bank for shredding resources, purchase a personal shredder, or check the Washington State Attorney General's website for information about shredding events in Washington.
- Batteries - Automotive Products: oil, antifreeze, batteries, wax, soaps, cleaners, fluids - Home Improvement: paints, varnish, stain, thinner, stripper, caulk, adhesive - Pesticides: insecticides, repellents, weed killers, rat poison, pet spray and dip, flea control, moth balls, disinfectants, wood preservatives - Cleaners: furniture polish and wax, drain opener, oven cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, spot remover, bleach, ammonia - Other: cosmetics, hair products, shoe polish, lighter fluid, prescription medications, arts and crafts materials
Contact Surface Water staff right away if you see a spill or other questionable material going into a storm drain or body of water. Our Spill Hotline is 425-806-6750 and it's staffed 24/7.
A reconnaissance, or “windshield,” survey is a visual or predictive survey that identifies the general distribution, location, and nature of historic resources within a given geographic area. It generally entails the field identification of resources that appear to meet the broad survey requirements. Documentation at this level typically includes property address, observational information on architectural style and features, and photographic information. However, it may be possible to discern if the property appears to be a unique resource based on field observations. If so, this information will be recorded in the “Statement of Significance” section of the database. Reconnaissance surveys are often conducted to establish the boundaries for intensive surveys to follow.
The compiled survey data will be entered into the State’s Historic Property Inventory (HPI) electronic database, which contains thousands of records documenting historic properties throughout the state. This survey effort will provide documentation about the City’s historical development throughout the mid-20th century. It could be used to publicize the historic nature of Bothell’s neighborhoods and promote additional tourism to the area, as well as to educate the public and gain an appreciation for the more recent past.
Historic designation is given to a property on a local, State and/or National level. Listing in the Washington Heritage Register or National Register of Historic Places offers recognition of a property’s significance, along with some protections under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act. Private owners of National and State Register properties using private funds may alter or demolish these properties within existing local building regulations. Projects involving federal or state agency actions are reviewed by DAHP with the goal of preserving historic resources whenever possible.
To be listed on the Bothell Historic Register, a building or district must be at least 50 years old and be historically, architecturally or culturally significant in addition to retaining sufficient physical integrity. Bothell has 21 locally designated properties. The city has review authority for alterations to locally-designated properties. The City’s Municipal Code 22.16.010 sets forth criteria for local listing. Owner consent is required to locally designate a property.
For more information please visit The Washington State Department of Archaeology.
CLGs are required to establish and maintain a qualified historic preservation commission (the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board); enforce state or local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties; maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties, in coordination with the SHPO; and provide for public participation in its activities.
CLG certification offers a number of benefits in addition to access to certain federal grant programs from the SHPO. The most significant benefit is the close working relationship between the local government and DAHP, which provides technical assistance and training opportunities. CLGs become part of a statewide and national preservation network including such partnerships as Preserve America, National Trust, and National Main Street Program. Furthermore, it shows your community's commitment to keeping what is significant from the past for future generations.
For pedestrians, access to the businesses’ front doors will be maintained as long as possible, except when the building thresholds are being poured. When that happens, backdoor business access will be used.
Call our construction hotline 425.806.6825 and leave us a message. We typically respond within a few hours on business days.
Yes, but all dogs must be on a leash and picking up after your dog is expected. Read Bothell's Parks and Leash Laws.
We direct-mail guides to Bothell residents four times a year. Call 425-806-6760 to request a hard copy. Check out more information about our programs and events and view a copy of the guide on the Programs page.
Email Parks and Recreation no later than December 31st for consideration for the next year's summer concert series.
Check out our Freedom Festival event page for all the details about participating in or viewing our annual Fourth of July parade.
If your zip code is 98011, you are a City resident. If your zip code is 98012 or 98021, you may or may not be a City resident. To know for certain, enter your address into COBMap.
Just call the Softball Rain Out line at 425-806-6102 to find out if your game is still happening.
You can view our current class catalog and register for courses online at BothellParks.net.
Call Parks & Recreation at 425-806-6760 to check the availability of our Blyth Park, Cedar Grove Park, and Centennial Park picnic shelters. You can also submit a Picnic Shelter Reservation Form.
Thorndike Community Room holds up to 35 people and is free to use if you reside within Bothell City limits. Verify your address using COBMap and submit your request on the McMenamins Reservation page.
For more information about upcoming sponsorship opportunities, please contact Parks & Recreation at 425-806-6760. Or check out our Current Sponsorship Opportunities.
Picnic shelters are available by reservation only at Blyth Park, Cedar Grove Park, and Centennial Park. Please see our Picnic Shelter Reservation Page for more information.
Inspection requests can be made through mybuildingpermit.com or call into the City of Bothell Inspection Request Line at 425-806-6107. All requests will be logged and assigned to a City Inspector if the request is received by 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. An inspector will respond to the site within 24 hours (subject to normal Monday through Friday business hours).
The City's Permit Services Counter is located at City Hall, 18415 101st Avenue Northeast. Permit Services hours are specifically from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pet waste is raw sewage that can spread disease. Pet waste can contain disease-causing organisms, including roundworms, ringworms, tapeworms, hookworms, Giardia, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Toxoplasma, and Parvovirus. Even when pet waste looks like it has washed away, many of these pathogens can survive for days, weeks, months, or sometimes even years in soil and water waiting for a host.
People and pets can come into contact with pathogens found in pet waste while playing in grass, walking barefoot, playing sports, gardening, swimming, fishing, or boating. Children are most susceptible, since they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths or eyes. Infections from pet waste bacteria often cause fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans.
High levels of fecal bacteria can also cause closures in commercial shellfish beds and spread illnesses to pets and wildlife. In addition, the nutrients in pet waste can create harmful algal blooms in lakes that turn the water green and cloudy, use up dissolved oxygen, kill fish and other marine life, and make the water unappealing for recreation.
When you're outside on a walk and your dog poops, it's your responsibility to do three things:
And when your pet poops in your own yard, don't let it linger. Pick up pet waste right away if it's going to rain (or is already raining), and pick it up from your entire yard at least once a week regardless of the weather forecast.
Composting doesn't remove the hazardous pathogens from pet waste, and can contaminate the rest of your compost pile.
Most home compost piles don't reach temperatures that are hot enough to kill the hazardous pathogens. Killing E. coli and Salmonella requires extended exposure at 140-degree temperatures. Giardia can survive temperature extremes, chlorination, and drying. Cryptosporidium, Leptospira, Salmonella, and E. coli can all survive for months in feces or soil, and roundworms can survive for up to four years in soil.
Most commercial compost processors also don't reach a temperature high enough to kill the hazardous pathogens, and they don't accept pet waste because it can contaminate the rest of the composted material. So you should keep pet waste out of yard waste bins, too.
The best place for pet waste is in the landfill.
Although the bag may be biodegradable, the pet waste itself is not biodegradable. Do not put it in your compost pile or yard waste bin. Put it in your trash instead.
Biodegradable bags seem like a an eco-friendly option, but in a landfill they often don't break down the way they're supposed to. The biodegradation process will only happen in an oxygen-filled (aerobic) environment. In most cases, landfills are oxygen-free (anaerobic) environments, meaning that the layers and layers of trash that are piled up in the contained space have no room for air to pass through. So what would happen to the biodegradable bag? If anything, any biodegradable plastics that would break apart in the landfill will actually emit methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than CO2.
Rather than biodegradable pet waste bags, we recommend using a bag that contains some recycled content.
Burying pet waste isn't a good idea. Pet waste is a point source of pollution that can spell big trouble for soil and water quality, and even human health if it's buried too close to vegetable gardens or waterways. And burying pet waste doesn't kill the hazardous pathogens found in dog poop like Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli, and lesser known bacteria like Ancylostoma, Cryptosporidium, and Toxocara canis. And when it gets washed into a waterway, pet waste also has nutrients that can encourage the growth of fish-suffocating algae.
If you are connected to a municipal sewer system, yes...in reasonable amounts. Just make sure you're only flushing the waste, not the bag.
But if you are on a septic system, no. Flushing pet waste can exceed the capacity of your septic system. The contents of your pet's waste, like grass, ash, and hair, can interfere with septic system functions and clog your drain field. And the chemicals used in your septic system are not designed to handle the hazardous organisms found in pet waste.
We want to discourage adding anything to a landfill that could otherwise be recycled, repurposed, or composted. But unlike yards and compost bins, landfills are the only system currently designed to safely handle dog poop. If a safer alternative comes along in the future, we will update our best management practices for pet waste.
You must reside in the city of Bothell and provide photo identification with your current address.
Come into the Police department to fill out the required paperwork. You will be fingerprinted and a background check will be completed. Department fingerprint hours are 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. The price is $49.25 for the original and $32 for renewals and $42 for late renewals. You will need exact change or a check.
Proposition 1 is an operations levy that will fund new police officers, firefighters and services. Proposition 2 is a bond that will fund the tear-down and replacement of two fire stations.
Voters will decide on the measures in the November 2018 general election.
Bothell public safety services include police, fire, emergency medical and municipal court services. The City’s general fund pays for these services at an annual cost of approximately $29 million. A total of 162 dedicated public service professionals provide services to Bothell residents every day, year-round. Facilities and equipment includes three fire stations, one police station, the municipal court, response vehicles, fire engines, aid cars and motorcycles.
The nature of public safety work has increased in complexity. The growing opioid crisis and a related rise in property crime are part of the challenge. Law enforcement officers are often called to respond to incidents involving drugs, mental health, homelessness and other social issues. Less known, but equally important is the impact of outdated facilities and equipment.
Proposition 1: Public Safety Levy Lid Lift funds staffing, operating and program needs, including including 13 police officers, 5 civilians in the police department, 6 firefighters, 1 probation officer and 2 support staff and 9 support vehicles.
The levy investment is approximately $220 per year on a $500,000 home.
Proposition 2: Public Safety Capital Bond funds the rebuilding of two outdated fire stations (Downtown and Canyon Park; 38 and 33 years old respectively) allowing safety upgrades, technical modernization and energy efficiency to accommodate current and long-term emergency fire, medical, and rescue response needs. The new fire station at Canyon Park would include a police satellite office to serve residents of north Bothell.
The bond investment is approximately $130 per year on a $500,000 home.
The nature of law enforcement and emergency response has changed and increased in complexity over the last two decades. Increasing drug use, homelessness, mental illness, theft and school safety challenges; and aging fire stations and equipment are straining the City’s ability to deliver critical police and fire services.
Based on public engagement and a detailed assessment of public safety resources and needs, the Bothell City Council developed propositions to support the following public safety priorities:
Under state law, taxing districts, like the City of Bothell, are limited to a 1% annual increase in property taxes. The law’s intent is for cities to ask their voters to prioritize service levels they feel are important for their communities.
The cost of delivering basic police and fire services is increasing at a higher rate than 1% per year. Simply put, Bothell’s incoming tax revenues don’t keep up with essential police and fire service costs. In addition, to ease the tax burden on residents until the economy recovered after the Great Recession, the City did not take the allowed 1% property tax increase between 2007-2012. Therefore, the City had to spend down reserves to maintain current public safety service levels.
While additional tax revenue generated by new construction is added to the City’s tax roll each year, these new development revenues are related to increases in resident and daytime employment populations, thereby adding to the population served and resulting in more public safety calls for service. Plus, new challenges such as the opioid epidemic, homelessness, increased law enforcement requirements, etc. are further straining current police and fire service delivery.
City of Bothell leadership is committed to properly maintaining city-owned facilities to ensure longevity and best value to Bothell residents. If voters approve Proposition 2 to rebuild two fire stations (Downtown and Canyon Park), analysis shows additional staff is needed to properly maintain the new LEED-certified facilities and modern systems. The new stations will also add approximately 25,000 square feet to accommodate current and future fire and emergency response needs. Additional space requires additional maintenance.
Registered voters in the City of Bothell will see Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 on the general election ballot this fall, mailed in mid-October. Ballots are due Nov. 6.
Proposition 1: Public Safety Levy Lid Lift is a 12-year proposal.
Proposition 2: Public Safety Capital Bond is a 20-year bond.
No, the funds will only be used to maintain and improve police, fire, emergency response and municipal court programs and services. Levy funds will address traffic enforcement, school safety, emergency medical response and active crime reduction. Bond funds will rebuild and modernize two fire stations.
Attend City Council meetings (or watch live on UStream and posted on YouTube).
A rain garden is a bowl-shaped shallow planted area in the landscape where rain water collects and absorbs back into the soil. It mimics the natural environment of the undisturbed soils and forests that once covered the Puget Sound area.
It is designed to slow, filter, and infiltrate runoff from roofs or pavement to safeguard local water quality. A rain garden uses spongy living soils and native plants to achieve its goal.
Learn more about rain gardens.
Rain water picks up pollutants as it flows over hard surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, and compacted soils. These pollutants, like gasoline, motor oil, and pesticides, are then carried through storm drains directly into our local rivers, lakes, and streams. When rain water is allowed to soak back into the ground through a rain garden, some of these toxic materials are removed by plant and animal microorganisms living in the soil. Rain gardens also slow the flow of runoff to help with erosion control and flood prevention.
Building a rain garden adds a number of benefits to your home and your wallet.
Learn more about the benefits of rain gardens.
Reusing materials in your rain garden saves you money while benefiting your environment and community. Compost, soils, bark mulch, and garden stones are just a few ideas for easily obtained recycled materials. There are many options out there for almost any application in your garden.
In a rain garden, plant roots and soil organisms work together to help absorb and clean rain water runoff. Using native plants is best because they are naturally adapted to local pests and climate conditions, and can thrive without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, or excessive watering. Native plants also create habitat for local birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects by providing food and shelter. Learn more about native plants.
You can do the work yourself with the help of a manual, or you can consult a local professional to design and install your garden. Download the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington: A Guide for Design, Installation, and Maintenance. You can also request a hard copy of the handbook by emailing us.
Rain gardens are just one of many techniques and design considerations that help capture and move rain water while improving the aesthetics of your property. Low impact development (LID) techniques are specifically designed to manage the rainwater that falls on your property by allowing some to evaporate back into the air, some to absorb into the ground, some to be captured and used later as needed, and the rest to slowly pass into the stormwater system and into nearby streams. Learn more about these techniques in our guide, Managing Rainwater: A Homeowners Improvement Guide for Low Impact Development (LID) in Bothell.
No. More details about the upcoming shred event are available on the Community Shredding Event page. Additional options are available at your local office supply/copy center or your credit union/bank for shredding resources, purchase a personal shredder, or check the Washington State Attorney General's website for information about shredding events in Washington.
Yes. A lawnmower is considered scrap metal and you can recycle it at the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station. You must drain all fluids and remove any batteries before you bring it to the station for recycling.
Yes. The Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station will accept a limited number. These are considered garbage and you will be responsible for the charges because the voucher does not cover charges for garbage.
You can request two vouchers per household, per year. We do not replace lost or stolen vouchers and you can only use one voucher per trip to the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station. There are a limited number of vouchers available per year.
We promote the event in the Bothell Bridge quarterly newsletter, City website and social media. You can request your voucher at the Recology Store in Bothell at Canyon Park Place between QFC and Bartell's.
It's important to request your voucher early.
$30.00 to cover a truck load of recyclable materials (up to 225 lbs).
Yes, this event is for residential (non-commercial) properties that are located in the City limits of Bothell.
Restrictions: Remove all fluids (gasoline, fuel, and oil) from lawnmowers, auto parts, and grills. Remove batteries from any items you are recycling. No propane tanks will be accepted.
Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station2300 N 165th St. Shoreline, WA
No. This is a recycling event and garbage is not covered by the voucher. If you bring garbage to the event, you are responsible for covering the cost of disposal.
• Fully fund Street Operations ($1.62 million)• Restore suspended operational programs: asphalt patching ($175,000) and sidewalk repair/replacement ($80,000)• More robust pavement marking (striping) ($75,000)• Improve the condition of major streets ($1.65 million)• Sidewalk and crosswalk construction ($400,000)
Certain residential developers must work with the school district regarding safe walk to school routes. Applicants for residential subdivisions or short plats must submit a form to the Northshore School District to initiate an assessment of safe walking conditions for students according to RCW 58.17.060, RCW 58.17.110 and BMC 15.08.030. Safe Walk to School Assessment - Form 52
• Fully fund Street Operations ($1.62 million)• Restore suspended operational programs: asphalt patching ($175,000) and sidewalk repair/replacement ($80,000)• More robust pavement marking (striping) ($75,000)• Improve the condition of major streets ($1.65 million)• Sidewalk and crosswalk construction ($400,000)
In addition, residents pay $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the public safety building. This will be paid off in December 2017.
This levy will allow the City to invest in road preservation, reducing the cost of the road system substantially in the future. The levy will be used solely to maintain and extend the life of Bothell’s street system and improve overall safety for pedestrians. The levy would replace previously dedicated funding lost to voter-approved statewide tax limits. The City will provide annual reports to demonstrate what this levy paid for, allowing in 9 years for the public to decide if the outcome of this levy meets their expectations.
If approved by voters, this levy would result in additional property taxes of $188 per year ($16 per month) for a $376,000 median home. This levy increase is $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value and will raise $4 million annually.
Certain residential developers must work with the school district regarding safe walk to school routes. Applicants for residential subdivisions or short plats must submit a form to the Northshore School District to initiate an assessment of safe walking conditions for students according to RCW 58.17.060, RCW 58.17.110 and BMC 15.08.030.
Call Maintenance & Operations at 425-488-0118, between 7 am and 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday, or call 911 after hours.
Contact Permit Services for assistance.
Be aware that many buried utility lines under your property belong to you. Locating buried utility lines that you own must be performed by a private company.
Puget Sound Energy Customers: Call 811Snohomish County PUD Customers: Call 800-424-5555
Learn more about the
Call Before You Dig law.
You can find out by faxing your request to Utility Billing at 425-806-6128 or by calling them at 425-806-6881. Visit the
To prevent a sewer backup, pour cooled oils and grease into a covered disposable container and throw it away in the garbage, then compost all of your food scraps. Learn more about the City's FOG program.
Submit an online form to tell us about your drainage concern. When we receive a report about a drainage issue, we inspect the location thoroughly and promptly* to help resolve any issues to the best of our ability.
*City staff will receive and review your online submission only during business hours (Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). If you feel your issue is an emergency, please call 425-806-6750 or 911.
Depending on the circumstance of the spill, you can either call the Spill Hotline at 425-806-6750 or report a spill using our online form. The Spill Hotline is answered 24/7, but we only receive and review online submissions during regular business hours. Learn which reporting method to use.
If City of Bothell staff notified you that your storm system needs maintenance and/or repairs, whether after an urgent response or through a routine inspection, you may need to hire a contractor to do the work. Here is some information about drainage system maintenance service contractors with a current City of Bothell business license that permits them to perform services within Bothell's city limits. We update this list every August. City of Bothell has no affiliation with the contractors and does not guarantee quality of service or otherwise endorse any of the contractors.
Labor & Industries offers helpful tips about hiring a contractor.
Call 425-488-0118 during business hours, or 911 if the issue is after hours and urgent.
A stormwater system is any part of an engineered drainage system that collects rain water. Examples include:
We inspect your system to ensure that it's functioning properly and to keep us in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
In Bothell, these facilities protect your property from flooding and drain directly into our lakes, streams, and wetlands without treatment. This means that any pollutants in the water can cause many problems for our local community and can make contact with the water a health risk. For these reasons, owners are required to maintain their storm systems annually (BMC 18.04.270)
The City of Bothell will request the property owner or homeowners association to provide:
If contact information changes, please let us know so we can update our records.
Labor & Industries also has helpful tips for hiring a contractor.
The City highly recommends you hire of a professional licensed contractor who is qualified to perform the necessary work on site. You can see a list of contractors licensed to do this kind of work in Bothell's city limits at www.bothellwa.gov/vactorvendors.
Most work orders need to be completed within 30 days of receipt in order to comply with municipal code. If any extensive work is necessary, contact our lead inspector to talk about arrangements or possible extensions. Penalties for not complying may result in fines, appearance before the Hearing Examiner, or reimbursement for the City having to complete the work in emergency situations.
Maintenance will depend on the type of system in your care and the surrounding conditions in your community. Establishing a maintenance schedule is the best way to ensure your system is functioning properly.
Bothell has two surface water inspectors available to answer your questions. Please let us know if you'd like one of them to contact you.
Whatever goes into your storm drain flows through storm pipes or open channels, then discharges into streams, lakes, rivers, and eventually Puget Sound. It doesn't stop at a treatment facility along the way, which is why it's so important to make sure pollutants stay out of your storm system.
A good rule of thumb? If you wouldn't want to swim in it or let your pets drink it, keep it out of your storm system. Remember...nothing but rain down the drain!
Call our 24/7 Spill Hotline at 425-806-6750.
No. Even if a product is biodegradable, it could still be toxic to aquatic life. Storm drains flow, untreated, to the nearest stream, lake, or river.
A good rule of thumb? If you wouldn't want to swim in it or let your pet drink it, make sure it doesn't go down your storm drain.
Remember...nothing but rain down the drain!
Call 425-488-0118 during business hours. We will need to know your address and phone number. We encourage residents to help to keep storm drains and catch basins clear, especially in the fall. If roadway conditions allow, please remove organic debris (like leaves, sticks, etc) and put them in your yard waste container for collection.
If the storm drain is flooding after hours and creating a life safety issue, call 911.
A shallow ditch with gently sloping sides and various layers of soils beneath. A bioswale - sometimes called a vegetated ditch - slows stormwater runoff and directs it to an area where it can soak in. It achieves the same goal as a rain garden, but is usually designed to manage a larger amount of runoff. A bioswale often uses grass and plants to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion, slow the flow, and absorb runoff.
Learn more about bioswales, their benefits, and how to take care of them.
Yes! Please check out all these ways you can help protect not only Bothell's water quality, but the whole Puget Sound itself.
If vegetation is growing over the right-of-way that is not abutting your property, please call our Streets Division at 425-488-0118 or submit a Citizen Action Request.
White: Pre-marking of the outer limits of the proposed excavation or marking the center line and width of proposed lineal installations of buried facilities.
Pink: Temporary survey markings.
Red: Electric power lines, cables, or conduit, and lighting cables.
Yellow: Gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other hazardous liquid gaseous materials.
Orange: Communications, cable TV, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduits.
Blue: Water, irrigation, and slurry lines.
Purple: Slurry and reclaimed water.
Green: Sewers, drainage facilities or other drain lines.
Be aware that many buried utility lines under your property belong to you. Locating buried utility lines that you own must be performed by a private company.
Puget Sound Energy Customers: Call 811Snohomish County PUD Customers: Call 1-800-424-5555
Learn more about Washington's Call Before You Dig law.
See a map of the City's street clearing routes.
It may not seem like a small behavior change makes a difference, but when lots of people start making small changes, it eventually leads to big changes. Here are some simple things you can do right now to help prevent pollution and keep our water cleaner.
Pet waste is basically raw sewage. Dog poop contains harmful organisms like Roundworms, Giardia, and E. coli which can be transmitted directly to humans. These organisms can remain on your lawn for as long as four years threatening the safety of your pets and children. The only way to remove the danger is to pick up your pet waste and place it in the trash.
And if that's not enough of an incentive, you could also earn yourself a $250 fine for leaving pet waste on public or private property (BMC 6.16.011).
Learn more about picking up after your pet.
Most auto fluids don’t dissolve in water. They last a long time and stick to everything from sand to bird feathers. Oil and other petroleum products are toxic to people, wildlife, and plants. Rain washes the fluids that leaks from our cars onto driveways, roads, and into storm drains.
A small leak can turn into an expensive repair if you don't address it right away. Learn more about vehicle leaks and how to identify what kind of fluid is leaking.
Washing your car on a paved driveway or in the street sends pollutants from your car (oil, grease, fuel, heavy metals,brake dust, surfactants, etc.) into our storm drains and directly into our rivers, lakes and wetlands. We also have a code in Bothell that makes it against the law to discharge any pollutants into the public drainage system (BMC 18.04.260). These pollutants include the soap and chemicals that are used to clean your vehicle - even biodegradable soaps. It's most eco-friendly to use a commercial car wash, a waterless car wash product, or wash over a permeable surface like grass or gravel that can absorb the water.
Learn more about car washing.
It depends on what kind of car wash you're talking about. Allowing soapy car wash water to enter any storm drains in the city is a violation of Bothell Municipal Code 18.04.260, even if you use biodegradable soap. This is true for both public stormwater systems as well as private stormwater systems. Car wash runoff contains many harmful pollutants that lead to poor water quality when they get into our storm drains and streams. Read more about the pollutants.
But there are some alternatives to traditional car washing you can try:
You can also check out a list of other eco-friendly fundraising options that don't necessarily involve car washing.
Report spills right away by calling the 24/7 Spill Hotline at 425-806-6750. Our staff need to know about spills as soon as possible so we can try to prevent pollutants from entering our streams and other bodies of water.
Natural yard care includes build healthy soil, planting right for your site, practicing smart watering, and eliminating the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. Learn all about it!
LID stands for low impact development techniques.
You can use these techniques and design considerations in building, construction, and development to help capture and move rainwater while improving the aesthetics of your property. Low impact development manages the rainwater that falls on your property by allowing some to evaporate back into the air, some to absorb into the ground, some to be captured and used later as needed, and the rest to slowly pass into the stormwater system and into nearby streams.
It's a landscaped, strategically placed, depressed area that is planted with native vegetation to soak up rain water. Learn more about rain gardens.
Check out this rain garden manual to teach you everything you need to know if you'd like to build a rain garden.
Check out these options for safely getting rid of your hazardous materials.
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The primary purpose of the Grant Program is to support tourism related projects and programs through arts/cultural, sporting activities, recreation, heritage or community based activities. Funds must be used for marketing and promotional purposes only, such as hiring a marketing professional or advertising agency to push your event to audiences 50 miles away or more. This program is funded through the city share of state tax on lodging rentals (hotels/motels) with program funding and specific grant awards dependent on recommendations of the City Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 67.28.080 provides authority for cities to adopt a lodging tax. The City of Bothell has adopted a 1% lodging tax rate and may invest these revenues into events or programs that attract visitors in and around Bothell.The Bothell Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is awarding up to $50,000 for 2018 and 2019. These funds will be used for marketing/advertising for events/activities designed to attract overnight stays in Bothell. The City Manager’s Office provides administrative support to the applicant. Please contact the Tourism Manager at 425-806-6143 for any questions or assistance about the guidelines or application.Awards are typically up to $10,000 and the amount granted may not be the exact amount requested.
•Nonprofits, including main street organizations, lodging associations, or chamber of commerce are eligible to apply.•Municipalities are also eligible to apply such as Arts Commissions, Park Boards, and Planning Commissions.
Organizations producing events are encouraged to develop two day festivals where overnight lodging occurs. Creating special marketing packages with hotels in Bothell will be given additional consideration. Contact DeNae McGee at 425-806-6143 for ideas and suggestions.
•Projects must take place between November 27, 2018 and December 15, 2019.•Each applicant will define the service, product, event or activity to be provided and demonstrate how it will enhance visitor development to Bothell.•A detailed promotional plan on how the event or activity will advertise, publicize, and distribute information related to the project will also be assessed.
The following criteria will be used in evaluating and ranking the applicants.Tourist Marketing and Attraction – 30 pointsThe extent the event/activity demonstrates the ability to attract visitors from 50 miles or more away and generate overnight stays.Economic Impact – 15 pointsThe extent the event/activity will generate a positive economic impact by increasing visitor expenditures to Bothell.Project Scope – 9 pointsThe extent the event/activity improves the City’s overall image by providing a positive visitor experience and/or promoting the area’s existing attractions.Project Success and Sustainability – 9 pointsThe extent the applicant has a history in implementing a successful event/activity, and to secure additional funding sources beyond the City of Bothell.Community Collaboration – 9 pointsThe extent the applicant partners with other Bothell based events and organizations in leveraging resources and marketing efforts.Bonus Points – 15 pointsShoulder Season Impact events that take place in the shoulder season (October-April) and new, never before implemented events/activities may qualify for up to 15 additional bonus points.
After applications are submitted to the City, they will be reviewed by staff for completeness. Applications returned due to incompleteness may be resubmitted for consideration, if submittal falls before the deadline. Applications will be evaluated by the LTAC, consisting of one elected official, three representatives of businesses required to collect lodging taxes, and three members involved in activities potentially eligible to receive lodging tax revenue. The Committee funding recommendations will be forwarded on to the City Council for final decision in a public meeting.
Grant funds are supplied on a reimbursement basis. Projects must first incur costs and then request reimbursement with submittal of the final closeout report as stated in the contract guidelines. Any funds unexpected in the approved timeline for completion of the project will be returned to the Lodging Tax fund for future allocation for grants or other tourism related expenditures.Each grant recipient will be required to enter into contractual agreement with the City. The contract will cover such areas as definition of the project goals, definition of eligible costs, specification of payment procedures, limits of City liability, and other usual and customary requirements. Contracts must be signed prior to event start date. All projects must be executed no later than January 1, 2020, or the grant award is invalidated and returned to the Lodging Tax fund for future allocation for grants and other tourism related expenditures. When the project is complete, applicants will submit a Final Project Closeout Report within 60 days of project completion.All published materials must include the Explore Bothell and City of Bothell logos, and announcements regarding the project must state: “This project made possible through support of Explore Bothell’s lodging tax dollars and the City of Bothell.”
For Snohomish County outages, contact Snohomish County Public Utility District at 425-783-1000.
It's helpful if you can let us know the identifying numbers/letters that are on the street light pole when you call. Puget Sound Energy Website
Call 425-488-0118 to report other damaged/downed street signs. To request a new street sign, contact Jamal Mahmoud, Transportation Engineer.
Private Development: Call Wasim Khan, the City's Traffic Engineer, at 425-806-6773.
Capital Construction Projects: Call Public Works at 425-806-6800 so we can direct you to the appropriate project manager. City Staff Directory
We require developers of new projects to construct sidewalks/walkways along the road frontage to their projects.
Please contact Jamal Mahmoud, Transportation Engineer at 425-806-6772 to talk about your concern. An engineering study must determine that a traffic signal or four-way stop is warranted.
Sound Transit (serves King and Snohomish Counties)206-398-5000
King County Metro (serves King County)206-553-3000
Community Transit (serves Snohomish County)425-353-7433
Our new Utility Billing system is “going live” on Jul. 29, 2019.
Yes, Utility Billing will provide more information about the new look of the bills prior to launching the new system.
Additional instructions will be provided prior to launching the new system. Check back for more information.
We are excited to offer more payment options, including online payments, once the new system is in place. Currently, the available forms of payment options are:
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Not at this time. When you receive the blue mailer, along with the July 2019 bill, you will need to update your current account and/or customer number with the new Account-CID information provided to your banking institution for future payments.
The blue mailer will contain a new Account-CustomerID number. The outside of the mailer will say, "Sensitive information inside" and "Your action is required."Once you receive the blue mailer, you must follow the instructions included for all payment methods for City Water & Sewer bills. Customers who use automated banking and those who pay by mail will need to take action to ensure the City receives their payments by updating banking information to include the new Account-CustomerID number as well as our new payment address.
You will receive a blue mailer for each of your property addresses. These blue mailers will contain a unique account number for each property, and they will all share one CustomerID which identifies the party receiving the mailer.
Effective with the new system, rental property accounts will be billed to the property owner only.
Anyone may pay any City of Bothell Water & Sewer bill.
No. The tenant will continue to receive billing statements until the City transitions to the new billing system.
Nothing will change. We will continue to send your billing statements on to these designees once we transition to the new billing system.
If you are buying or selling a home, you will need to contact Utility Billing to provide the seller’s name, property address, forwarding address, closing date, and buyer’s name. The owner is responsible for water and sewer charges. If you purchase a property and the final bill is not paid at closing, it becomes the new owner's responsibility to pay the outstanding charge. Check with your escrow company to make sure they are paying the closing bill.
The property owner receives the bill for rental property accounts. Please contact Utility Billing, if you would like to set up a property management company or third party payer.
If you will be gone for an extended period of time, you may want to consider requesting a temporary stop service. There is a fee for turning off the service and for turning it back on. If you would like to temporarily stop service, email Utility Billing or call 425-806-6881.
As the homeowner, you are responsible for locating and repairing a water leak. If you have a leak repaired, it is important to complete a Leak Adjustment Request Form.
This charge applies to all properties within the King County service area connected to sewer on or after February 1, 1990. It pays for building sewage treatment capacity to serve new connections to the regional sewer system. If you have any questions about this capacity charge, please call King County at 206-296-1450 or visit the King County website.
- The Certificate of Insurance is usually a single page document that must name City of Bothell as an additional insured party.
- The Additional Insured Endorsement paperwork is usually a multiple-page document that actually changes the policy described on the Certificate of Insurance.
If you still have questions about what insurance documents you need, please call us at 425-806-6803 or email us.
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Homeowners are responsible for all repairs beyond the water meter, including the service line to the home.
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They must be tested upon their initial installation, annually, and when relocated or repaired. Here's a list of certified backflow testers.
Find out by faxing your request to Utility Billing at 425-806-6128 or by calling them at 425-806-6881. Visit the
If you would like your meter re-read, please call Utility Billing at 425-608-6881.
The current property owner, Forterra, has posted signs regarding usage.
The following uses will be prohibited on the property:
A master plan is the approved policy document for a specific parkland in context with its location, natural resources, vision of the community and available funding. This guides construction decisions such as phased projects and potential grant applications.
After acquisition, the community will get a chance to help name the new park. We will post information on upcoming public meetings and how to submit your suggestions on the City website.
The City Manager’s Office will be leading this effort. Look for updates on the City website.
During business hours only, you can call 425-488-0118.
Crews focus on priority clearing routes, mostly arterials. Crews are working 24/7, doing their best. They can only work on neighborhood roads as time and resources allow. When forecasts call for several inches of snow or prolonged freezing temperatures, crews may need to close some roads. Use extra caution and go slow if you must travel.
Sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City does not have the capacity to clear the sidewalks. Use caution when clearing sidewalks.
Get tips about how to prevent pipes from freezing. Call the water department if you are worried about neighbors’ burst pipes.