News & Announcements

Eff. July 1, 2020 - Changes to Animal Control Procedures

Effective July 1, 2020, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department will no longer be accepting calls regarding animal control disturbances or issues.

For assistance, please contact 509-382-4571 (Public Works Shop). If the occurrence is outside normal operating hours, the call will be responded to during the next regular working day.

If you are bitten, attacked, or require emergency medical assistance please call 911! 

Public Notice - City of Dayton 2020 Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Amendment Cycle

City of Dayton 2020 Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Amendment Cycle

The City of Dayton hereby announces the annual consideration of amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations will be accepting dockets until August 1, 2020. The amendment process is designed to solicit suggested amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. A Docket List of amendments combining private applications and City initiated changes will be developed.

Complete applications and applicable fees must be submitted to City Hall by 4:00 pm on August 1, 2020.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with planning staff prior to submitting an application. 

A schedule will then be followed to comply with state mandates and the Dayton Municipal Code, while allowing opportunities for public participation.  A series of public meetings and hearings, first for docketing and then for consideration of amendments on the Final Docket List, will be held by the Planning Commission and City Council (dates and locations will be finalized and announced at a later date). Information will be available and public comments on the final proposed amendments will be accepted via mail or e-mail.

Questions should be directed to the City of Dayton, Department of Planning & Community Development at 111 S. 1st St., Dayton WA 99328, or at 509-382-2361, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Information:

Docket application form

Department of Planning and Community Development 

Ordinance 1957 - Inlcudes docketing procedures

Volunteer for Your Community

The Department of Planning & Community Development is notifying the public of available volunteer opportunities with the City of Dayton.

The Dayton Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Affordable Housing Commission have vacancies and are seeking additional volunteers. The commission bylaws, meeting materials, and meeting schedules are posted online and can be found by clicking the links below.

Dayton Planning Commission - 1+ vacancies

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission - 2+ vacancies

Affordable Housing Commission - 1 vacancy

To submit a letter of interest to request appointment to one of the commissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington State Received Major Disaster Declaration

Following the flood event in February, 2020, local officials documented damages and submitted request for financial support to FEMA. In review of the estimated costs, the Columbia County total cost to repair damages sustained to publicly owned facilities (i.e. levee, roads, wastewater treatment facility, etc.) during the flood event exceeded three million dollars. Note - this estimate is for the entirety of Columbia County, not just the City of Dayton.

On March 27, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee sent request to President Trump for federal aid to help recovery efforts. On April 23, 2020, the City received notice that Washington State has received a major disaster declaration. This declaration has offered public assistance and offers use of the Hazard Mitigation Grant program. 


Beware of Stimulus Check Scams

Note: the City of Dayton will not offer or provide detail on the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If you have questions, please review the bill online. This notice is being created for the sole purpose to aid in warning residents of new scam efforts regarding the stimulus package.

In response to COVID-19, the Federal Government has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. One of the most prudent and publicly discussed measures of this Act includes the stimulus payments that will be issued.

The City of Dayton finds it critical to offer aid in warning residents of scams related to the stimulus checks. The IRS has established a website where updates regarding the stimulus checks, and these updates will be posted as they come available. The City urges residents to be weary of any calls received regarding the stimulus checks. In addition, residents should be aware that the Federal Government and/or the IRS will not ask you for your bank account information, social security number, any other financial or private information, down payments to expedite your stimulus check, etc. if they were to call. These are all scams and you should hang up and consider reporting the call and number to the Federal Communications Commission.

Additional Resources

10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud

8 Tips for How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Money Scams


Changes to City Park Access & Uses

Update - On June 5, Columbia County entered Phase III. The playground equipment in the City Parks is open for use, as well as all gazebos, shelters, and benches. We ask that you continue to be mindful and maintain social distancing standards, use hand sanitizer, and play safe. 


Update - As of May 18, the the public restrooms and skate park are open for use. The restrooms include the facility on Main St. adjacent to the North Touchet River and the facility near Caboose Park. Additional sanitation measures have been enacted.

At request of the Columbia County Public Health Department, and in accordance with recommendations from the State of Washington and the CDC,  the City of Dayton has made the following changes to limit the spread of Covid-19:

  • Pietrzycki (City) Park: All public play equipment and shelters/gazebos have been closed to the public
  • Caboose Park: All public play equipment has been closed to the public

Per Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, effective midnight on March 25, all social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited. The skate park, dog park, open spaces, levee walking path, and single picnic benches remain open for use so long as they are not used for the uses outlined above. In any matter, it is critical to maintain social distance between yourself and other people while using these facilities. 

For guidance on how-to stop the spread of the coronavirus, visit the CDC website

More information.

Defend your Drains - the 3 P's

With residents possibly rationing or running out of toilet paper, our Public Works Department would like to remind City residents to be mindful on what you can and can not flush down your toilet.

Do flush the "Three P's"

  • Pee
  • Poo
  • (Toilet) Paper

3 ps

Do not flush:

  • Feminine products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes or "flushable" wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes 
  • Kleenex or tissues
  • Rags

These items can create system wide blockages and may result in sewage overflowing into streets or backing up into homes.

We ask all City residents to continue to be mindful during the COVID-19, and ongoing. Flushing the unflushables will create unnecessary and highly costly infrastructure damage. Together, we can make a difference and ensure long-term infrastructure success. 


YOU COUNT - the 2020 Census is Coming

The 2020 Census is coming, with first mailers being sent from the US Census Bureau in early March. The census is critical for federal, state, and local agencies, and the data collected is used to allocate over $800 billion nationally in federal programs and resources.

The City of Dayton is taking a procative approach to assist in data collection for the 2020 census. See the attached outreach materials for more information and feel free to visit with staff at City Hall with questions or concerns. We will do everything we can, within our abilities, to help. If we can't, we will direct you to someone who can. 

Additional Materials

What's at Stake for Washington?

Every town is an important part of the American story.

Beware of Costly FOG

Fats, oils, and grease, as well as "flushable" wipes, towelettes, and rags are the major cause of blockages of the sewer system which can lead to sanitary sewer overflows. Food and grease should never go down the drain because they build up in the line and can cause serious, expensive, and irreversible damage. Only water should go down the drain. Blockages caused by the improper disposal can cause serious damage and be a threat to public health. 

FOG Trash it

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep FOG out of the sewer system:

  • Recycle cooking grease, oil and food wastes.
  • Freeze your grease – pour grease into a jar, let it cool, seal it, freeze it, and throw it into the trash.
  • Never dump used cooking oil down the drain.
  • Scrape and dry wipe pots, pans, and dishes before washing. Take a paper towel and wipe the pan then discard the towel and food waste into the trash receptacle. You can also use coffee grounds to soak up oils and place them into your trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of rags, wipes (both flushable and non-flushable), razor blades, toilet deodorants, dental floss, and other non-biodegradable products into the trash.
  • Never use hot water, detergents or degreasers to flush FOG down the drain; this pushes grease into the pipe where it will cool, congeal and clog the sewer.
  • Never dump FOG (or anything) on the street, parking lot or into storm drains as it will end up in our creeks.
  • Communicate with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease and other products in your sewer system and how to keep them out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions.


Best Managest Practices for FOG