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Frequently Asked Questions - Life in Kenmore

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  • Alert Northshore

    • What is Alert Northshore?

    • How will I benefit from this service?

    • What is NEMCo?

    • How does it work?

    • What should I do if I receive an Alert Northshore message?

    • What should I do if I don’t receive a message?

    • What is Alert Northshore used for?

    • How Do I Register?

    • What will Alert Northshore be activated for?

  • Animal Control FAQs

    • When should I call King County Animal Control?

    • Why is Animal Control taking so long to respond?

  • Animal Sheltering FAQs

    • Who can I call to locate my lost cat or dog?

  • Community Resources

  • Comprehensive Plan

    • What is a Comprehensive Plan?

    • Why is a Comprehensive Plan Needed?

    • What are the Functions of a Comprehensive Plan?

    • How is the City’s Policy Expressed?

  • Do I Need A Permit?

    • Why Do I Need a Permit?

    • How Do I Verify My Contractor has a Valid License?

    • When Do I Need a Building Permit?

    • When Do I Need a Mechanical Permit?

    • When Do I Need a Plumbing Permit?

    • When Do I Need a Sign Permit?

  • Parks

    • How do I reserve the picnic shelter at Rhododendron Park?

    • Is the picnic shelter at Moorlands Park available for rental?

    • Can I bring a barbecue grill to use at a City park?

    • Can I leave my boat tied to the pier at Log Boom Park?

    • How do I reserve the athletic field at Moorlands Park?

  • Pet Licensing FAQs

    • How do I license my pet?

    • What are the benefits of a pet license?

  • Poultry and Small Animals FAQs

    • How many chickens or small animals can I house on my property?

    • Who do I contact for more information about small animals?

  • Private Property

    • Who is responsible for removing dead or hazardous trees on private property?

    • Do I need a permit to remove a healthy tree on my own private property?

    • How do I locate my underground water and sewer lines?

    • What do I need to do prior to digging on my property?

    • How can I find out where my property line is located?

  • Snow & Ice

    • Who is responsible for clearing snow & ice from sidewalks?

    • Why hasn't the snow plow cleared my street?

  • Streets & Sidewalks

    • Who is responsible for road maintenance on private streets?

    • Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance and repairs?

    • Who is responsible for repairing potholes on public streets?

    • How do I request the street sweeper to come down my street?

    • There are markings spray painted on my property and on the street. What do they mean?

    • Who is responsible for maintenance on fire hydrants?

    • Who is responsible for repairing damaged guardrails?

  • Surface Water

    • How do I report a water quality concern or illegal dumping into the drainage system?

    • How does the drainage system work around my property or neighborhood?

    • When will the surface water facility adjacent to my property be mowed?

    • What should I do if I see a blocked catch basin (drain)?

    • Who is responsible for maintenance of ditches?

    • Who is responsible for maintenance of the drainage system on my property?

    • Can I fill in my ditch to create extra parking?

  • Traffic

    • What are the rules for street parking throughout the City?

    • Where do I report illegal parking?

    • What can the City do to help with speeding vehicles on my street?

    • Who controls the traffic signal timing throughout the City?

    • How do I turn out from a street or driveway if I can't adequately see oncoming traffic?

  • Trees & Vegetation in the Right of Way

    • Who is responsible for vegetation maintenance in the right of way?

    • Who is responsible for removing dead or hazardous trees on private property?

  • Walkways and Waterways

    • What is Walkways and Waterways?

    • How did the City arrive at the Walkways & Waterways proposal?

    • How much will the Walkways & Waterways measure cost?

    • Who pays for it?

    • How much will it cost property owners?

    • If property values go up, will the annual amount paid by property owners go up?

    • Does the bond measure mean the City will go into debt? How much debt does the City currently have on the books?

    • Has the City of Kenmore ever gone to the voters for a bond measure or any other tax increase ballot measure?

    • How long will it take for the projects to be built?

    • Why can’t the city pay for these projects out of its existing funds/budget?

    • Where do my property taxes get spent?

    • I see that to complete the Juanita Drive sidewalks, other sources of funds are needed. What happens if you don’t get those funds?

    • Does the measure include maintenance costs for the projects?

    • Why now?

    • Can the City pay off the bonds early?

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