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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.




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.


Interstate 90 Lane Closures Will Slow Traffic

Starting Friday, July 18, at 9:30 p.m., westbound Interstate 90 will be reduced to one lane at Bellevue Way SE. This will continue 24-hours-a-day until 5 a.m. on Friday, July 25. Plan ahead for a lengthy commute. Taking an alternate route is still likely to add extra time to your commute. The closure will allow a Washington State Department of Transportation contractor to replace two expansion joints embedded in the roadway near Mercer Island. These massive expansion joints are 33 years old and have reached the end of their useful life.


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.


Cameras to Collect Traffic Count Data for Comprehensive Plan

This week pole mounted cameras will be installed at 14 intersections in Newcastle. The cameras will be used to collect traffic count data to be used in the update to the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The City does annual traffic counts with rubber tubes across streets, but information from the overhead cameras can help planners and engineers better understand intersections. The cameras will record traffic during the peak hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Only the cars and intersections will show up on the video feed. No license plate or other information will be collected. Cameras provide a look at how cars are turning and give officials an idea if improvements are needed. Improvements will then be added to the Capital Facilities Plan and the Comprehensive Plan's Transportation Element.


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."

Online Permit Services Now Available

Contractors working in Newcastle and city residents are now able to apply for some mechanical, some plumbing and building re-roof permits at Applicants can also use the website to locate permit status information for these permit types and construction tip sheets, checklists and uniform guidelines. Newcastle joins other cities throughout the region in participating in the nation's first multi-jurisdictional online permitting portal. is a service of and the eCityGov Alliance.

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.

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.

Lost and Found

Missing something such as a cell phone, bracelet or toy helicopter? Many items are turned in to the City Clerk's office. Contact us to retrieve it, and be prepared to describe the item.

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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