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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.




City Looking for New Community Activities Commissioners

The Newcastle City Council is seeking applications for membership on the Community Activities Commission. Two opportunities for serving Newcastle are available. We are looking for residents who are enthusiastic about creating experiences and park spaces that enhance the quality of life for people living here. Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city's extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle's historical and cultural heritage, and provide opportunities for people to volunteer. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must reside within the city. If you're interested in a position, submit an application, letter of interest and resume to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014.


Fire Prevention Week to Launch with Open House Events

Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14) will get off to a blazing start this year, with fire safety demonstrations at the Bellevue station on Newcastle Way and at other Bellevue stations Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try on bunker gear, learn how to use a fire extinguisher and participate in other activities designed to inform and entertain children and adults like a stovetop fire demonstration and hands-only CPR demonstration. The station nearest to the city is located at 12412 Newcastle Way. For more information, visit Bellevue Fire's webpage.


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.


Use New Online Tools to Assist Police 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.


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.

Invasive Snail Species Found in May Creek

A recent report from King County confirmed the positive identification of the New Zealand Mudsnail in May Creek, just upstream of a culvert crossing with Lake Washington Boulevard. The snail could be present throughout the watershed. Mudsnails also have now been confirmed in several other Lake Washington tributaries within King County, including Thornton Creek, Kelsey Creek and McAleer Creek. Special decontamination precautions or dedicated gear should be used when working in these watersheds. New Zealand Mudsnails multiply quickly and crowd out native species. They have the potential to become a serious problem for the entire region. Go to this King County biodiversity website for more information.


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.


Bridge Project Nears Completion

City of Bellevue staff report that a major road project on Coal Creek Parkway requiring full-time lane closures is nearing completion. Depending on weather conditions, all four lanes could be open by the end of this week. Some off-peak hour closures will still be necessary throughout the month of October. The project will replace a deterioriating culvert with a new bridge, add a new pedestrian walkway under the bridge to connect Coal Creek Trail, and restore a stream for improved salmon passage. Go to Bellevue's project page for more information and to sign up for alerts.

Newcastle 2035 - Participate in Developing the Vision

Planning Commissioners have started the process of setting the course for Newcastle for the next 20 years, but need to hear your thoughts on the city's future. Provide input now by taking this open ended survey or this multiple choice survey. Commissioners have started to update the current Comprehensive Plan, which guides management of growth, development and land use. To stay informed about the update, place your name on an email distribution list by clicking here, and check the box for "news and updates."

Newcastle's Newsletter

Stay informed about City events, services and other local happenings by signing up for Newcastle's email newsletter. You can also read the newsletter by clicking here.

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

The City now accepts credit cards for payment.

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