Current News

Regular City Council Meeting: Kelso City Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave at 6:00 pm Tuesday, April  4, 2023. 

If you wish to make a general comment/question, please fill out the comment form by 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2023  

If you wish to attend the Council Meeting via Zoom please contact Sherri Booth at 360-577-3379 or by email to sbooth@ "> no later than 12:00 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2023 

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

Request for Volunteers

Project Advisory Committee for City of Kelso Development Code Update

The City of Kelso is seeking volunteers from the community to serve on a Project Advisory Committee for their upcoming Code Update. 

Volunteers should have experience working in building, development or real estate industry. Architects, planners, developers, builders and real estate agents are highly desired.
The Project Advisory Committee will give input about local development conditions, the Kelso community, project objectives and potential issues for users.
Members would be expected to attend up to 3 meetings and review draft materials.

If interested send an email to with a simple description of your experience, a short explanation of why you are interested and your contact information.

Business and Occupations Tax Return blank forms are available online if you wish immediate access.  Forms will be mailed out soon.  Please contact if you have further questions.

Special City Council Meeting: Kelso City Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave at 4:30 pm Monday, December 5, 2022. 

Kelso Highlander Festival Board Meeting: Kelso City Executive Room 203 S. Pacific Ave at 5:00 pm Monday, November 14, 2022.

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


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




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.

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