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The population for the City of Grants Pass as of July 2015 is 36,465. See the Population & Area Statistics page for more information.
Grants Pass is in Josephine County. For more information, go to the Josephine County website.
No, depending on where you live, this service is provided by either Republic Services Corporation or Grants Pass Sanitation. If you have any questions, please contact the Administration Department.
If you see a street light that needs repair, please contact Pacific Power Call Center at 888-221-7070, or go to the form on their website.
Too many animals, animal noise issues / animal nuisances in the city, call Public Safety at 541-450-6260. For all other animal-related questions, call Josephine County Animal Control at 541-474-5458.
You will need to contact Charter Spectrum Cable (888-438-2427).
The Josephine County Clerk issues marriage licenses.
The Josephine County Vital Records department handles birth and death certificates. Go to their website for more information.
Call Josephine Community Transit at 541-474-5452 or go to their website.
The property owner is responsible for sidewalk repairs. For further information regarding sidewalks please call the City Grants Pass Streets Division at 541-450-6110 or go to the Streets & Drainage Division website page.
City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at: 101 NW A St. Grants Pass, OR Agendas are available at the Administration Office on Friday before each Council meeting and posted online in the Agenda Center. Contact Administration at 541-450-6000.
Go to the Contact the Mayor & City Council page or call Administration Office at 541-450-6000.
The City of Grants Pass has 8 Council members. There are 2 elected Council members for each Ward. Please visit the Mayor and City Council staff directory for the names of your specific Council members and their contact information.
The term of office for Council members is 4 years.
The City Council elections are held in November during the general election.
Open applications for City Committees and Commissions are advertised through our local newspaper and posted on the Committees & Commissions page, as well as the homepage. If you are interested in any city volunteer committee or commission, please contact the Administration Office at 541-450-6000.
The City conducted an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) to identify any impediments and actions to overcome those impediments. Public input was solicited by survey and a public hearing on October 19, 2016.The notices and resulting documents are listed below.
Yes. PDF versions of the presentations are listed below:
The results are summarized in Appendix B of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety wants every one to have a fun and safe Fourth of July. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
North Grants Pass Hazard Zones
South Grants Pass Hazard Zones
Over 75% of fireworks injuries are from consumer fireworks legal in many states like firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, fountains, and sparklers. Fireworks injuries are most commonly associated with:
Who commonly gets hurt by fireworks?
What kinds of injuries are typical?
See these maps for more detailed information:
These sections of Title 9 of the Municipal Code apply:
Any firework that does not explode, fly into the air, travel more than 6 feet horizontally, and/or 12" vertically from the point of ignition.
Unclassified items, which are not classified as fireworks such as:
Any firework that explodes or flies through the air, travels more than 6 horizontal feet or 12" vertically on smooth ground or behaves in an uncontrolled manner.
Many properties have been annexed into the Grants Pass city limits over the years. It is the property owner's responsibility to know if they are located in city limits and abide by the Grants Pass city ordinances. Please refer to the maps below.
Never take your pet to a firework display.
Call the Fire Prevention Office at 541-450-6200.
Baby wipes that don’t biodegrade quickly enough cause problems in pumps and solids grinders at the wastewater treatment plant. The toilet is not a trash can, don’t flush:
An ordinance is a law, rule or regulation passed by the City Council. If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
A resolution is a formal statement of policy, expression of opinion or intention voted on by the City Council. If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
The complete set of ordinances and resolutions are not currently available online. View the ordinances (PDF) and resolutions (PDF) online to see the complete list of ordinances and resolutions available at City Hall.
Documents prior to that date are stored in a different physical location. You may request a print or electronic copy, or review the document(s) in person at the City Administration Office. If have any questions, please contact Administration.
Turn your application in at the Parks & Community Development Office or email it to email@example.com. It will be date stamped and turned in for review. Please fill out all contact information so that in the event we need to contact you with questions, we will be able to reach you.
No. There is no cost to process your application.
Yes. If you are currently prequalified with ODOT, you may submit a copy of your ODOT application including the signed signature and notary page. Please include a copy of your approval letter, liability insurance certificate, and two years of work experience relating to prequalfication classes of work you are qualified to perform. Attach a completed City of Grants Pass Prequalification Application Cover. Your renewal date will coincide with the ODOT renewal schedule.
Under normal circumstances, applications are reviewed and processed within seven days.
You will receive a letter notifying you of your prequalification status. In this letter you will be informed of your expiration date. Prior to the expiration, the City of Grants Pass will send out a renewal notice as a courtesy.
Check out the Useful Links section on the Prequalification Requirements page.
Simply, the WUI is where homes and wildlands mix. Wildlands can be forests, brush, or grass. Homes can be a cabin in the woods or residential neighborhoods. Homes located in the WUI have a greater risk of being affected by a wildfire. Check to see if your property is located in an At-Risk Area.
The homeowner's responsibility is to create and maintain their home ignition zone. View the Protecting Your Home page to see a list of items that can be done now to protect your home during a wildfire event. Most can be done at little or no expense. Print out the list and check off the items that your home already complies with, and then set a plan to complete the remaining items. You can also receive a free no obligation review of your home by contacting Joe Hyatt at 541-450-6205 or via email.
A public record is any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business, prepared, owned, used or retained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics. You have the right to inspect any non-exempt public record, by Oregon law. See the Public Records Access Policy for more details. See Oregon Revised Statute Chapter sections 192.501 and 192.502 for a complete list of exemptions.
If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
Open and print the public records request form (PDF). You may also pick it up at City Hall Complete and sign the form. Submit the form in person to the City Recorder:
City staff will give you an estimated cost. If it is more than $25, the staff will give you a written statement of the costs. They will not continue until you confirm in writing and prepay. If the actual time and costs are less than estimated, you will receive a refund for the difference.
Staff time for public records is billed by the quarter-hour, at a rate of $40 per hour. If this is your first request in the calendar year, then the first hour will not be billed. If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
Black and white photocopies are $.10 per page, with the first 10 pages free. Color photocopies are $.25 per page, with the first 4 pages free. If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
To request a fee reduction, fill out the Request for Fee Waivers or Reduction Form (PDF) and submit it along with your public records request. If the city decides the request benefits the general public, the fee may be waived. These evaluations are case-by-case and are based on the totality of the circumstances.
Go to the Police Report Request page for complete details.
Yes, the Urban Growth Management Agreement provides the authority for the city to exercise jurisdiction over development. Service and Annexation Agreements (PDF) must be signed and filed prior to final planning authorization for any process that creates new land parcels that may be conveyed between parties or upon connection to city water or sewer services. The city will assure the initiation of Public Safety service within 7 days of recording of all agreements.
The assessed value of newly created parcels will be determined at the final plat for the subdivision, the recording of a lot line adjustment, or the recording of a partition plat. For existing land, the assessed value shall be as established by the County Assessor.
The tax rate is the equivalent rate per thousand of assessed value that would be charged for property taxes if the land were in the city. The rate will vary from time to time, and shall be as established by the budgetary process and voters’ approval. Please be aware that 100% of all property taxes in the city pay for Public Safety services. In addition to 100% of property taxes, the city provides Public Safety with additional resources from the general fund.
The city will bill the property owner monthly for a pro-rata share of the annual fee. All billing will be based on the approved assessed value times the tax rate for the city. All future values certified by the County Assessor, along with tax rates established, will be the basis for the billable amount, pro-rated to monthly equivalents.
Yes, the city utilizes a computer-aided dispatch system. We enter the location into the system, and which agency to respond to incidents at a location. Upon receipt of a recorded Service and Annexation Agreement, the city Public Safety Department will change the responder on the property to the City for both police and fire, and from that point, the city will be responding.
The city would be delighted to assist in forming neighborhood watch groups, working with areas for fire protection, and taking similar actions to promote the public safety of areas under our protection. The city will eventually be responsible for Public Safety Services to all of the urban growth boundary, and we are willing and able to provide service to individual properties under Service and Annexation Agreements.
If you are developing or subdividing land, you are required to meet the requirements of the Development Code, including Service and Annexation Agreements. If you are developing on an existing lot of record, a minor development as defined in the Intergovernmental Agreement and noted in number 1 above, you are not required to sign a Service and Annexation Agreement unless you are connecting to the public water or sewer system.
The first time your property will be considered for annexation is within 1 year from the signing of the Service and Annexation Agreement (PDF). The City Council will consider such annexations, and may act to approve or disapprove. If approved by the City Council, the annexation is forwarded to Grants Pass voters for approval. If disapproved by the voters or by the City Council, your property will be placed on the listing for consideration of annexation annually.
Yes, the city uses the Oregon law to determine what land is potentially subject to annexation. Your land may become part of a larger area that may be annexed under a triple majority annexation, where lands representing the majority of the area, the majority of the value, and a majority of the population can be annexed to the city with consent of the City Council and approval by the city voters. You may also be annexed if your land is part of a larger group of lands that are surrounded on all sides by land that is annexed to the city. This island annexation would be subject to a City Council vote, and a vote of city residents.
No, once you sign a Service and Annexation Agreement (PDF), your land is bound to annex to the city, and you are precluded from acting to stop that annexation. Once your land is annexed, you will be able to vote on the annexation of all future lands.
Urban renewal is funded by Tax Increment Financing. It works like this:
When an urban renewal area is created, the County Assessor establishes the current assessed value of all property within the area. The Assessor “freezes” that tax base.
For the duration of the urban renewal area, the taxing districts receive revenue from that frozen base.
When the value of the properties increase, the income above the base (the “increment”) goes to the Urban Renewal Agency. This money is then spent on projects in the urban renewal area.
When the urban renewal area ends, the taxing districts receive the taxes on the full assessed value of the area.
Local taxing districts, which accept a frozen tax base during the life of the urban renewal. They do this to encourage development. Development will increase property values, and increase future tax income for the districts.
The taxing districts directly impacted are the City of Grants Pass, Josephine County, and the 4H Extension. These districts accept income from a frozen tax base for the life of the urban renewal but do not receive taxes from increases in the assessed value.
Schools within the urban renewal area are not directly impacted. They are funded through the State School Fund. Property tax revenues are an offset under the statewide school funding formula. Property tax revenues foregone by school districts in the urban renewal area may be replaced with other State School Fund revenues.
No. This is not a new property tax. Tax bills for property within the urban renewal area do not increase because of urban renewal.
Urban renewal changes how the tax revenue is distributed. Property taxes will not increase due to urban renewal within the area.
The money to pay for projects is generated by the new development and property appreciation in the urban renewal area.
Yes. If you own property in Grants Pass, urban renewal will be listed as a line item on your tax bill
This line item lists the amount of income the Urban Renewal district receives from the property within your tax district.
The City of Grants Pass Public Works Department has initiated the use of a Water Emergency Response Trailer (WERT). The trailer is a safety net for any water emergency that the City may have by filtering and treating water just as the City Water Plant does but on a smaller scale.
We opt to supply clean fresh water to citizens in any type of emergency.
The Water Treatment Plant has been around since 1931 and is aging and showing signs of failures. The facility is under repair constantly being it is becoming beyond repair. The WERT will be a short-term answer if and when the Water Treatment Plant should have a catastrophic failure.
The City of Grants Pass makes a commitment to the citizens to supply safe drinking water at all times including during an emergency. The trailer is completely self-contained and as long as there is a water source (such as, the Rogue River) it will be able to clean and disinfect water for an extended period of time and capable of supplying high quality drinking water for citizens up to 1 gallon/day/person.
The trailer is capable of producing up to 45,000 gallons of water per day. During a major catastrophe, it can take several days for outside resources to reach citizens and deliver water. To have complete water services restored after a major catastrophe it may take up to a year for some services in our area.
Another good reason for having the WERT is if the City should sustain a major waterline break and the repair would be an extended amount of time, WERT would be activated and available for the citizens.
When deemed necessary, the trailer is designed to be deployed within hours of a water outage.
Once the integrity of the water system is secure, Grants Pass City may deploy its water incident response trailer to help meet customers' minimum water needs during an extended outage.
Deployment is at the sole discretion of Public Works Director and the City Manager and/or the incident commander in consultation with other City staff and the State of Oregon Drinking Water Program.
The trailer carries multiple diesel pumps and generators so it can remain fully self-sufficient in an extended emergency. When needed water will be pumped from a source, such as the Rogue River, and passed through a 4 stage filter system which will filter from coarse through smaller than 0.35 microns. Chlorine will then be added to the water prior to placing it into foldable water storage containers where it will sit for 1 hour or more to disinfect.
The water can then be pumped through a self contained distribution piping system to customer’s containers.
Yes. Bring your own disinfected water storage container when visiting the City of Grants Pass water distribution site. Follow these four steps to disinfect your storage container:
*Never use a container to store drinking water if it previously stored milk, fruit juice or any toxic solid or liquid chemicals.
Emergency water distribution sites will depend on the reason for the service disruption.
If the disruption is due to a natural disaster, the site will be in a location that can reach as many Grants Pass citizens as possible.
If the disruption is due to a water main break, the site will be located near the break to serve affected customers.
In the event of the need for emergency water distribution, the City of Grants Pass will notify the media of the location of the distribution site(s). The City of Grants Pass will also publish the location on its website and Facebook pages.
Take a read off your meter and contact Utility Billing and they will work with you on figuring out how much you may have lost.
The property owner is responsible for repair and maintenance of their water lines beyond the water meter. The utility is responsible for water lines up to the meter. Unless the leak is at the connection on the meter, the owner will have to repair or hire a licensed plumber to do so.
The location of leaks located behind the water meter is also the responsibility of the property owner.
A leak on a customer's property is their responsibility. However, we advise you to contact our Utility Billing office so that we can document your leak, and advise you on how to submit a request for a leak adjustment, if you feel this leak is the cause for putting you into a higher monthly service charge.
If you notice a leak in the street, water coming out of a meter box or any other water related problems, please contact Utility Billing so we can get someone out there as quickly as possible. The utility division appreciates you reporting leaks so they can be repaired as quickly as possible and to prevent unnecessary loss of water.
If you discover a leak after 5 p.m. or during a weekend or a holiday, please call our Public Safety Department at 541-474-6370. Public Safety will contact a Utility representative to respond and access the situation.
No, the meter will only monitor usage for water going to the home through the meter.
As soon as possible, a Public Works employee will respond and determine if the emerging water is actually related to a leak on the municipal system. Unexplained water surfacing at any location may not always be related to a leak on the public water system. Sometimes such water is caused by problems related to other utilities such as storm drainage or Irrigation District water.
If a leak is determined to be coming from the municipal system, the responding employee shall mark an area surrounding the leak with white paint and inform other utilities of the need for an emergency repair. The other utilities will respond by sending representatives to mark out the locations of their facilities within the painted area.
After these utilities have responded on site, repair work on the leak can then proceed as quickly as possible. The timing in which each particular leak is repaired may vary slightly depending upon its size, location, impact on customer service and other factors. Most water leaks are repaired on same day as reported.
Insulate. Loosely wrap your pipes and faucets with insulation, or cover with plastic bag and/or coffee can. Hardware stores have pipe wrap and covers for faucets and fittings.
Note: Do not wrap the relief port on RP backflow assemblies. This needs to remain open for water to drain. Call 541-450-6115 with any questions.
Requests for new meter installations must be submitted through the Community Development office.
Meters can only be removed by a Public Works employee.
Meter tampering is any action to the meter and/or the utility shut-off valve located in front of the meter without authorization.
This includes; operating a tagged or locked meter shut-off valve, removing a meter, hooking up to a meter illegally, or any other action performed to change a meter's reading, or functionality.
All cases of meter tampering are subject to a $100 meter tampering penalty and possibly more for any damage.
Meters readings are only estimated when it is impossible for the meter to be read.
Examples are: nonfunctioning (dead, broken, or fogged) meters not yet replaced by the utility division, meters lost or covered due to construction or other activities, and meters located under parked vehicles or locked gates inhibiting access.
Most meters are located within the sidewalk or landscape strip fronting your property. They are placed in the ground in a concrete box. If you cannot locate your meter, call the water distribution office and a Public Works service representative, can assist you in finding it.
If you suspect your meter has been tampered with or broken, please contact Utility Billing as soon as possible so that utility representative can be dispatched to assess any damages and conduct repairs if needed.
Signs can be put up no sooner than 24 hours before your sale.
Let’s say you want to hold a garage sale over Memorial Day weekend. Since your sale can be only 3 continuous days, you’ll have your sale Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (the holiday). You can post your signs 24 hours before, so you can put them up on Friday.
For more information, call 541-450-6260. You can also read the rules governing yard sales by viewing Municipal Code Title 9 - Land Development and Public Improvements (PDF). Yard sale rules are listed in Section 9.08 (page 12) and yard sale sign rules are in Section 9.08.050 (page 14). View other areas of the Municipal Code online.