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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 Tree Lighting Ceremony

Start your holiday season off in a very Newcastle way at the second annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, November 29, at Newcastle Fruit and Produce. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m., with the tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. Santa and his reindeer will be there for photographs! Throughout the evening enjoy holiday songs by Liberty High School singers, wine tasting, hot cocoa, cider, baked treats and roasted chestnuts. Toys will be accepted from anyone who wishes to donate to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve to benefit children. Members of the Newcastle business community are sponsoring the event hosted by Newcastle Fruit and Produce, which is located at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway. Members of the Newcastle Community Activities Commission also are lending their support.

Public Works Standards Update

The City of Newcastle's Public Works Department is currently revising Public Works Standards, and comments are currently being accepted. The standards contain design criteria, construction requirements and guidelines for municipal construction in the city. The proposed updates will:

  • Revise a number of design requirements (such as residential driveway grades and joint use driveway tract geometry);
  • Bring some standards in line with local or national requirements (entering sight distance and ADA compliance);
  • Provide flexibility necessary for design of high density projects on constrained sites (use of hammerhead turnarounds and relaxed roadway geometric criteria)

View the current draft of the Public Works Standards by clicking here. Written comments may be emailed to


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.


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.

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.


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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