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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.




Holiday  Drive Sober Patrols in Newcastle

Newcastle Police will participate in extra holiday drive sober patrols statewide between now and January 1, 2015. Driving sober means driving without the impairment of alcohol or drugs, including marijuana. Recent survey results indicate many people do not think marijuana degrades driving ability, despite research showing that driving while high doubles your chance of killing yourself or others in a crash. From 2009 through 2013, more than 1,000 people died in impaired driving collisions in Washington. Impaired driving is involved in nearly half of all traffic deaths. In addition to those tragic consequences, a DUI arrest comes with heavy penalties. The extra holiday patrols are a part of Target Zero - striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

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.


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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