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Ranked by Money magazine as one of the best small towns in America for 2013, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living with the comfort and community of a small town. In Newcastle residents can live, work, shop, and play, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live close to natural areas, trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.




Newcastle Passport Day Next Week

Newcastle City Hall is a convenient location to apply for your passport, or your child's passport. A special passport day will be available Monday, January 26, with extended appointment hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and additional agents to serve you. This day is a non-school day for Renton and Bellevue school districts, so it is the perfect opportunity for young people to apply for passports. Call 425-649-4444 to schedule your appointment and find out more about requirements and fees. You may also find more information and an application at


Opportunity for Serving on Planning Commission

The Newcastle City Council is seeking applications for membership on the Planning Commission. The Commission is made up of city residents who help shape Newcastle's future by advising the Council on long-range planning and zoning and development. Commission meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Applicants must be 18 years of age, and must reside within the city. If you are interested, submit an application, letter of interest and resume to the City Clerk's office by 4 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015. An application may be downloaded here, or can be obtained by calling 425-649-4444, or emailing Completed application materials can be emailed to the address listed above or mailed to Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200, Newcastle, WA 98056.


The Lives of Newcastle's Historic Cemetery

Join Newcastle Historical Society Vice President Vickie Baima Olson for a deeply personal look at the lives memorialized forever in Newcastle's oldest final resting place, Newcastle Cemetery, on Saturday, January 31, at 1 p.m. at Renton History Museum. Hear about the society's efforts to breathe new life into the 140-year-old graveyard through a process of rigorous restoration and preservation. The presentation and discussion accompanies an exhibit at the museum entitled "Newcastle:  Little Giant of the Eastside" that closes on February 7.  Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue South in Renton. Visit the Historical Society's website for more information on the city's history.


Use New Online Tools to Assist in Protecting Your Family

More and more people are using cell phones as their only phone, but when you call 911 on a cell phone, response personnel may not know where to find you. You can do something about it by entering information into It's free, and could provide the vital seconds that will save your life. Another online tool free to Newcastle residents is Protect your belongings by entering serial numbers into TrackMole today. If your property is then lost or stolen, police can use TrackMole to more quickly recover the items and return them to you. Take a moment to prepare for emergencies.


Fish and Wildlife Resource for Living with Wildlife

Newcastle residents live close to opportunities for outdoor recreation, which also means interactions with wild animals such as coyotes, bobcats, and even bears are common. Find information about living safely with these wild animals and others at an online resource provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are steps you can take to prevent conflicts and to safely provide habitat. While in general many animals do not pose a threat, some grizzly bears, wolves and cougars may become dangerous. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responds to non-emergency wildlife incidents with these animal species, and provides a way to report dangerous wildlife at In an emergency or to report poaching in progress, call 911.

Newcastle Featured in Neighborhoods Video

Comcast recently broadcast a video about the City of Newcastle as a Neighborhoods segment. Watch the video to get an interesting look at the community. You might find out something you didn't know. The video is a great way to commemorate the City of Newcastle's 20th anniversary of incorporation in 1994.


Little Giant of the Eastside Historical Exhibit

Learn about Newcastle's prominent place in the region's history by exploring an exhibit at the Renton History Museum called "Newcastle: Little Giant of the Eastside." Coal from Newcastle fueled Seattle's development, and by the late 1890s, Newcastle was the second largest town in King County. Miners and prospectors worked Newcastle mines from 1863 to 1963, removing nearly 1 million tons of coal. Find out more about your city's history now until February 7th at the museum, located at 235 Mill Ave. S in Renton. The exhibit was made possible by the Newcastle Historical Society in partnership with the Renton History Museum.


Development Activity in Newcastle

Many exciting development projects are under review at the City including a new middle school, senior living facility, projects for new apartments, and redevelopment of the former site of Mutual Materials for businesses and multifamily homes. View descriptions of these projects and a map of their locations throughout Newcastle on the planning division page. You can also find answers to these common questions on our website:

How do I schedule inspections?

Go to and select the inspection request option. You may also call (425) 649-4444 and ask for the inspection request line.

Who do I contact about water and sewer connections or fees?

Sewer and water in Newcastle is provided by Coal Creek Utility District, or (425) 235-9200.

Do I need to contact the city if I want to remove a tree?

It is recommended you contact the city to determine if your tree is located in a Native Growth Protection Easement or critical area, or if the tree is part of a significant tree retention plan. If not, then you are allowed to remove the tree without city permission.

Hours for the Community Development permit desk have been permanently changed to:  8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please plan to arrive at City Hall by 2:30 p.m. to allow sufficent time for processing.


Project to Construct New Middle School Moves Forward

Renton School District is proceeding with a project to construct a new middle school in Newcastle by demolishing the existing Renton Academy buildings. The school constructed in 1963 is being removed to make way for one 119,000 square foot, two-story building. Construction is scheduled to begin late this year and continue through July 2016. The building as proposed will include 27 general classrooms, four computer labs, six science labs, three shared learning areas, career technology and family consumer science labs, gymnasium, fitness center, library, band, orchestra, choir/drama, and art studio facilities, special needs classrooms, counseling center and administrative support spaces. The school district has worked extensively with the city to determine the type of street improvements and student drop-off/pick-up areas required.


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Newcastle's Sales Tax Code is 1736 in RTA area; 4036 in non-RTA area

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