Essential City Services Continuing to be Provided

While the Civic Center is closed to the public, the City of Gig Harbor is actively working to make sure we are still providing all essential services:


POLICE

The Police Department continues to operate 24/7. Our officers have been instructed to handle routine calls by telephone when appropriate and may ask that you speak with them outside if they arrive at your location.


Our dispatch agency, South Sound 911, may ask you some screening questions about potential COVID-19 threats when our officers are responding. Be aware that these questions are for the safety of our officers and the public. These screening questions will not delay any police response.


We have suspended the processing of NEW Concealed Pistol License (CPL) applications but can process your CPL RENEWAL by calling our administrative offices (253-851-2236 option 2) during business hours.


We continue to respond to every call and have no restrictions on making arrests. Shoplifting has been a concern expressed by our businesses, but we will continue to respond to all criminal acts and hold people accountable. Jail restrictions dictate that we simply cite and release more misdemeanor offenders, but all suspects will face their day in court.


Our officers remain committed to keeping Gig Harbor a safe and low-crime community.


COURT

Gig Harbor Municipal Court, in collaboration with city officials, continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In compliance with restrictions imposed by Governor Inslee and Washington Supreme Court emergency orders, and for the safety of court participants and staff, the Gig Harbor Civic Center and the Municipal Court are closed to the general public through June 22, 2020.


Modifications to court operations are as follows:

  • Jury trials are suspended until through July 6, 2020.
  • Criminal cases will be continued 30-45 days, except for those cases that can be heard via video/telephonic conferencing.
  • In-custody cases will be heard weekly via video or telephone.
  • Civil infractions (Traffic Court) are being held via video conferencing or by mail.
  • Court staff will be available via telephone (253) 851-7808 or via email court@cityofgigharbor.net during normal business hours.

The Municipal Court will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate court operations.  For additional information contact Stacy Colberg, Court Administrator (253) 853-7619.


PUBLIC WORKS 

Despite the massive changes that are occurring in our region due to the COVID-19 response, the City Of Gig Harbor‘s water and sewer utilities are functioning as normal.


The City’s drinking water continues to be safe and reliable. The City’s wastewater system continues to pump and treat sewer. While we are taking precautions to maintain the health of our staff, we are fully staffed and operating as usual.


The City is reviewing and inspecting maintenance and capital projects located in the City’s right of way that are deemed essential by Governor Inslee’s emergency orders.  We have staff ready to review digital submittals and inspect all work in a timely manner.  For encroachment permit-related applications please email Maree George or contact the construction inspector assigned to your project.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The City Community Development Department is committed to providing development review and inspection services during this unprecedented time, unless otherwise instructed by Health Officials or the Governor. For information on construction currently allowed under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation, please see the Governor’s guidance on construction and the City’s guidance on safely resuming construction.


Please be aware of the following changes regarding how we are conducting business:


  1. In-person meetings or inquiries: While the Civic Center is closed to the public, all inquiries and meetings will need to occur via phone or email. The City’s main phone line is 253-851-6170, and will be staffed M-F from 8am-5pm.
  2. Planner of the Day: Planner of the Day service is available electronically by emailing Cindy Andrews or Michelle Thomas.
  3. Plan Submittals: Until City Hall re-opens, only electronic submittals will be accepted

All parties requesting inspections from the City of Gig Harbor

For the purposes of maintaining the social distancing protocols suggested by our Governor and health officials, the City of Gig Harbor is requiring additional safety measures to be followed:


  • No handshakes or other contact with on-site personnel.
  • Inspections are to be conducted alone with a minimum 6 feet of separation from all other personnel.
  • If there are any workers who are sick or are exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID-19 they may not be on-site at the same time as our inspection staff.


If any of these conditions cannot be met, our inspectors have the authority to stop the inspection and require that it be rescheduled to a time when these protocols can be followed. Thank you for your understanding and willingness to work together to create the safest work environment possible.


Determining Occupancy Capacity for Businesses and Restaurants

To determine the occupancy capacity of a business please see the below three options: 

  1. Certificate of Occupancy: Each issued Certificate of Occupancy states a maximum occupancy.  If business owners have a copy of their issued CO, that is a good place to start.  
  2. SMARTGov Permit Portal:  A business owner may search our permit portal online https://ci-gigharbor-wa.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home
  3. City Staff Assistance:  A business owner may contact our helpful City Staff to obtain this information.  Please have them contact Permit Coordinator, Patty McGallian, at 253-853-7621 or email at mcgallianp@cityofgigharbor.net.  Patty can help the business owner locate previously issued occupancy or if that isn’t available, work with the Building Official/Fire Marshal.