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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.




Lake Washington Boulevard Road Closure

Lake Washington Boulevard SE in Newcastle, between 112th Avenue SE and SE 76th Street, will be closed from Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to a stormwater culvert replacement project. Local access to residences on Lake Washington Boulevard SE will be maintained. Kamins Construction, a Newcastle contractor, will be increasing the size of an existing culvert to better convey surface water. Closing the road will allow the completion of construction more efficiently and safely for drivers and workers. View the detour map for an alternate route. The city appreciates your patience with summer construction activity.


Summer Concerts in the Park Schedule

Lake Boren Park will become a scenic venue for live music and an exciting gathering place for people of all ages Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting July 23 with the Fabulous Roof Shakers. Arrive as early as 6 p.m. to purchase food from vendors at the park. See the full schedule for these fun concerts below.


July 23 The Fabulous Roof Shakers Rhythm and Blues
July 30 Ian McFeron Band Roots-Americana
August 6 Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond Tribute
August 13 Crumac Traditional Irish Music


Concerts in the Park are presented by the Golf Club at Newcastle and the Coal Creek YMCA, and supported by BECU and Steve Kelly of Cherry Cherry and are free to attend. Volunteers also make our events possible. If you are interested in volunteering send an email to the Community Activities Liaison.


Newcastle's Night Out Against Crime

Individual neighborhoods are invited to join us in our efforts to give crime and drugs a going away party by hosting a special event such as a barbeque, neighborhood block party, ice cream social or youth activity. On Tuesday, August 5, residents in neighborhoods throughout Newcastle and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. For more information and to register your event, contact Newcastle Police Officer Kathy Decker by sending an email to Newcastle police will make every effort to attend each neighborhood event. Newcastle City Councilmembers and other City officials also will participate.


Project to Construct New Middle School Moves Forward

Renton School District will soon proceed with a project to construct a new middle school in Newcastle by demolishing the existing Renton Academy buildings. As early as August 4, the school constructed in 1963 will be 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.


Permit Service Counter Closed for Software Implementation

City Hall's development permit counter will be temporarily closed from August 18 through August 20 to allow staff to implement new development permitting software. The city's new software, along with the use of, will increase efficiency and provide contractors working in Newcastle and city residents with faster permitting and increased access to information. While the permit service counter will be temporarily closed, permits may still be obtained through the online permitting portal.


Police to Use Online Tool for Recovering Stolen Items

Newcastle Police will now be using TrackMole, a new online service, to assist in recovering lost or stolen items. But, TrackMole won't be effective without your participation. Once property owners enter serial numbers from their valuables into TrackMole, the items become recoverable. As soon as police or others find an item and match it to a serial number on, property owners receive an email from TrackMole stating where an item is, who has it, and how to get it back. The service is free, and the only information needed for a TrackMole account is your name and email address. You can easily create an account and find more information at Protect your belongings today.


Lane Reduction for Bridge Project

City of Bellevue crews have started working on the second phase of construction on a new Coal Creek Parkway bridge near Newcastle. Lanes will are now reduced from four lanes to two between Forest Drive and SE 60th Street, until September. Delays for motorists may be experienced. The City of Bellevue 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 the 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."

Change in Hours for Development Permits

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.

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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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