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The City of Kelso is requesting proposals from qualified firms and teams to provide land use application review services for the City of Kelso. See Requests for Proposal on the Planning Department Page.

The City of Kelso is requesting proposals from qualified firms and teams to provide a review and update of their planning and zoning codes. See Requests for Proposal on the Planning Department Page.

The City of Kelso, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, commits to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, in all its programs and activities.  This RFP can be made available in an alternate format by emailing Mike Murray at or by calling 360-916-4640.



The Lodging Tax Committee will be meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in Council Chambers at 203 S. Pacific Ave to discuss the applications received for allocation of 2023 Lodging Tax Funds.  

For more information, please contact Jessica Bronstein at or by phone at 360-577-3379

Regular City Council Meeting: Kelso City Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 

If you wish to make a general comment/question, please fill out the comment form by 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2022  

If you wish to attend the Council Meeting via Zoom please contact Jessica Bronstein at 360-577-3379 or by email to  ">  no later than 12:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2022 

To view council agenda items and other legislative-related information, you can visit our BoardDocs site here:  For additional information concerning BoardDocs, please visit












Utility Construction and Paving on
N. Pacific, 4th Av, Oak St, and 5th Av

Construction to replace old sewer lines, water lines, and storm drains, and to repave the N. Pacific from Allen to Cowlitz Way, 4th and 5th from Oak to Allen, and Oak from 4th to 5th will begin in mid-February 2022 and continue into June or July, depending on weather. In addition to the paving and utility work, sidewalk access ramps will be replaced at most of the corners to bring them into compliance with the federal “Americans With Disabilities Act” requirements.

During construction, driveways, travel lanes and parking on these streets will be closed at times, and traffic will be shifted around the construction with traffic cones and flaggers, or will be detoured.

Funding for the project is provided by the City, and by a grant from the Transportation Improvement Board.

More information about this project can be found here:

City of Kelso
Engineering Department




Fireworks Stand Permit Applications

The City of Kelso is accepting applications for firework stand permits.

Due to the size of population, the City of Kelso is limited to allow for three fireworks stands each year.  Permits may be granted, or denied, based upon the City Manager’s assessment of the applicant’s experience and demonstrated record together with such other factors as are determined to be in the best interest of and benefit to the community.  All applications to operate fireworks stands shall be made no later than May 2, 2022.

Fireworks Stand Ordinance 16-3871

For additional information, please visit the City’s website or contact Traci Howard at 360.423-0900 or

The City of Kelso is now accepting applications from Kelso residents that reside within the city limits of Kelso to fill a vacancy on the city council. 

The timeline for filling the vacancy is as follows:

January 21, 2022:  Applications are due to city staff not later than 5:00 p.m.
February 1, 2022: Special meeting at 4:30 p.m. to conduct candidate interviews followed by executive session, council vote, and swearing in of new councilmember.

A councilmember application and an application to be considering for any board, committee, commission must be filled out and submitted to City Manager Andrew Hamilton not later than January 21st @ 5:00 p.m.

For more details please click here.

Delays in service due to weather.  Please check the Waste Connect Mobile App for additional information.

Curbside:  Kelso January 3-7, 2022

Drop Sites Kelso December 26,2021 - January 2, 2022  Location: 1115 S. Pacific Avenue


 The City of Kelso Lodging Tax Committee will be holding the annual distribution meeting to recommend to the Council the dispersing of Stadium funds for the 2022 budget year. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 3:00 pm in the Kelso City Hall Council Chambers, 203 S. Pacific. Ave.

Due to a current staff shortages at the library, temporary hours have been put in place as follows:

Thursday - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to be back to regular hours as soon as possible.