COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

King County Public Health is your primary source of information for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please visit their website for the latest information. 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is an active situation that changes frequently. The City of Kirkland is proactively monitoring public health information for any potential implications for our community.

On Jan. 5, Gov. Inslee announced a new path forward to reopening the state when the current temporary restrictions expire on Jan. 11. According to the new plan, Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery, regions across the state, including King County, will enter Phase 1 of Healthy Washington on Jan. 11. In Phase 1, we will continue to operate as we have been under the current temporary restrictions with some additional fitness, entertainment and sports activities allowed at a limited capacity.

• Update from the State: Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery
• Guidance from the State on mandatory facial coverings
• Update on Guidance from the State
• Update on City of Kirkland Operations
• What should I do if I suspect or know I have COVID-19?
• Frequently Asked Questions


Status of City Operations

All City facilities are currently closed to the public in alignment with Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan for reopening.  

Many City services are available online or by phone at 425-587-3000. Residents can also use the Our Kirkland portal to access services and ask questions.

City staff that are able to work remotely are doing so. City staff that are not working remotely are practicing social distancing and public health guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Staff are available by phone and email to assist customers and answer questions. Staff will be monitoring email and voice mail messages during regular businesses hours and will respond to voice mail or email messages as quickly as possible.

Emergency Response

The City of Kirkland Fire and Police departments continue to respond to emergency calls. In case of a life-threatening emergency, residents should call 911 right away. For non-emergencies call 425-577-5656.
First responders are following Public Health guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect the community and themselves.

Residents should not call 911 to report violations of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan, as these lines need to be kept clear for emergencies. Violations of the Governor’s order can be reported via this online form.

City Council

To help ensure public safety and align with the Governor's Safe Start Washington plan for reopening, City Council meetings will be live-streamed on the City website, or can be watched on TV on Comcast Cable Channel 21 or Ziply Cable Channel 31. Council Chambers will not be open to the public during Council Meetings during the pandemic. The City Council encourages participation from members of the public, who can provide comment in advance of the meeting via email or phone. Additionally, Council will accept live spoken commentary under 'Items from the Audience' at regular meetings via Zoom on a computer or telephone connection.

City Clerk's Office

Service of Process
During the City Hall closure, process service is being accepted by appointment only. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 425-587-3190 or via email at to schedule an appointment. We regret that same day service may not be available.

Development Services

Although City Hall and the Development Services Permit Center are closed to walk-in customers to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimize infections, Development Services continue to provide services over the phone and electronically. Staff is available by phone and digitally to assist customers and answer questions. There have been changes to inspection and development services during the pandemic. Visit the Development Services Response to COVID Page or call 425-587-3600 for more information.

If you have received a notice that your permit is expiring, we are offering a 45-day extension due to the Governor's "stay at home" order. To receive the extension, please call 425-587-3600 and ask to speak to a permit technician. 

Visit for building development permit applications, inspection scheduling, and permit status.

Finance & Administration Department

Community Services
Visit the Finance & Administration Community Services page for information on utility billing, passports, the cemetery, false alarms, claims for damages, and property taxes.

Utility Billing
During the current Emergency Proclamation all utility charges and taxes otherwise provided for in titles Five and Seven of the Kirkland Municipal Code have been temporarily deferred and suspended. Late fees, penalties, or interest payments that might otherwise have occurred during such deferral and suspension are also waived. Deferrals will be granted upon request.

Pay garbage, water, and sewer online or by phone at 425-587-3150.

Business Licenses
Apply online or by calling 425-587-3140.

See more information on the Finance & Administration Department website, or by calling 425-587-3100.

Fire Department

The Fire Department continues to respond to emergency calls. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, residents should call 911 right away.

Fire Prevention Bureau

There have been changes to the inspection process during the Emergency Proclamation. For more information visit the Fire Prevention Bureau website.

Visit the Fire Department website or call 425-587-3650 for more information.

Municipal Court

There have been changes to Kirkland Municipal Court services in response to Public Health guidance. Visit the Municipal Court website or call 425-587-3160 for more information.

Parks and Community Services

*NEW September 21* The City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department reopened playgrounds that had been closed earlier this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, waterfront parks have returned to their regular closing time of 10 p.m. These parks had been closing earlier to stop late night large gatherings and parties. For more information on what has reopened, please visit the Kirkland newsroom.

The City has implemented its "Play It Safe" plan for reopening parks facilities and summer programming that respond to community concerns, human service needs, and public health and safety requirements to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The "Play It Safe" plan addresses how park amenities and programming would reopen under Governor’s Inslee’s “Safe Start” approach, including special events, community pools, informal and organized athletics, and outdoor amenities such as trails and swim beaches.

Visit the Parks & Community Services website or call (425) 587-3330 for more information.

Police Department

The Police Department continues to respond to emergency calls. In case of a life-threatening emergency, residents should call 911 right away. For non-emergency situations, call 425-577-5656.

The Kirkland Police lobby is closed to the public during the pandemic.

Visit the Police Department Resources page or call 425-587-3400 for more information.

Pet Licensing

Pet licensing fees have been waived during the Emergency Proclamation. Visit the Animal Services website for more information.

Department Information

For other department services, visit their Department websites or call 425-587-3000.

Waste Management

For the latest information on Waste Management service updates in Kirkland, visit their website or call 1-800-592-9995.