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The population for the City of Grants Pass as is 37,135. See the Population & Economic Statistics page for more information.
Grants Pass is in Josephine County. For more information, go to the Josephine County website.
The Council Chambers is primarily for use by the City of Grants Pass.
The rental of the City Council Chamber use is limited to weekend use only.
Please call Administration Reception at 541-450-6000 for fee, details, and availability.
No, depending on where you live, this service is provided by either Republic Services or Southern Oregon 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 report the outage online on their website.
Too many animals, animal noise issues / animal nuisances in the city, call Public Safety at 541-450-6260.
For dead animal pick-up on City streets (not on private property), contact the Streets and Drainage Department at 541-450-6110, or submit the Public Works online form.
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).
Go to the Josephine County Marriage License page for more information.
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 page.
City Council Meetings and Workshops are held in the City Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
For more information, go to the City Council page.
Agendas are available at the Administration Office on Friday before each Council meeting and posted online in the Agenda Center.
For more information, contact Administration at 541-450-6000.
Go to the 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. Check the City Council page 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.
Please call Administration Office at 541-450-6000 for a copy of the City Resolution or Ordinance. Go to the Ordinance & Resolutions page for more information.
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.
You can submit your application online with the City Committee / Commission Appointment Application.
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.
All Fireworks Are Banned Within the Grants Pass City Limits
Fireworks are permitted on the 4th of July only between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Fireworks are Always Banned Within the Wildfire Hazard Zones
See below for maps and description.
For more information, go to the Fireworks in Grants Pass page.
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:
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See these maps for more detailed information:
North Grants Pass Hazard Zones
South Grants Pass Hazard Zones
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.
Call the Fire Prevention Office at 541-450-6200.
FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oil and Grease.
It is caused by unwanted cooking oils, grease and food being poured down the kitchen drain.
As the oils and grease cool in the collection system pipes it congeals, hardens and mixes with other solids creating blockages.
This can cause unnecessary, expensive and messy backups in homes and businesses.
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:
When cooking, allow unwanted oils and greases to cool and harden, wipe the pan with a paper towel and discard in the garbage can.
Only flush toilet paper and excrement. We can safely treat these wastes.
Brewery pubs, churches, commissaries, grocery stores, mobile food units, hotels/motels, nursing homes, department store eateries, cinemas, cafés, coffee shops, smoothies and juice shops, ice cream shops, fairground eateries, rented commercial kitchens, and restaurants (all types), etc.
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 available online. View the ordinance index (PDF) and resolution index (PDF) online to see the complete list of ordinances and resolutions available at City Hall.
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 Community Development Office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Wildland Urban Interface Zone 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 calling Rick McDonald at 541-450-6212 or sending Rick an email.
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 Grants Pass 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.
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 want to supply clean fresh water to citizens in any type of emergency.
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 WERT works just like a full scaled filtration plant and applies many of the same principles as the City’s existing treatment plant. 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 fold-able 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! The City of Grants Pass’ trailer is a fully contained water treatment trailer which utilizes a multiply barrier approach in addition to disinfection to ensure any water that is produced is particle and microbe free. The trailer uses a three stage filtration system in addition to coarse pre-screening to provide a positive barrier removing 99.99% of contaminants.
Yes, but it is recommended to boil the water prior to drinking. In an emergency it is not always feasible to perform extensive lab testing as is required at Water Treatment Plant. Boiling instructions are as follows:
No. The trailer is designed to withdraw water from to the closest reliable water supply, such as the river, a pond, a hydrant or a finished water storage reservoir.
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.
Yes. To serve the most customers possible, a household water allotment must be established. Depending on the situation, one to five gallons of water may be the household maximum available per day.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends a volume of 1 gallon of water per person per day is sufficient to supply in an emergency.
Currently the City only has one water emergency response trailer. We hope to get a second trailer in the future in order to supply emergency water to both sides of the river.
However, the City does have stored water at Reservoir sites that will be available for use in an emergency. These reservoirs will serve as distribution points for clean water in the event that the water emergency response trailer is on the other side of the river.
No. The City has several Reservoir sites where if not damaged we would be able to access water.
Take a read off your meter and contact Customer Services and Utility Billing and they will work with you on figuring out how much you may have lost.
Call them at 541-450-6035, or send an email to Customer Services and Utility Billing.
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.
See the Adjustments to Service page on our site for more details.
If you notice a leak in the street, water coming out of a meter box or any other water related problems, please contact Customer Service and 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 541-450-6260. 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 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 will 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.