COVID-19 Response

Updated 3/25/2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington State is an active situation that is quickly evolving. The City of Lake Forest Park is committed to continuing to provide services to our community members while following the most up-to-date guidelines to ensure public and staff safety:

Due to the evolving Public Health-Seattle & King County recommendations and the new "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order from Governor Jay Inslee’s office, all City of Lake Forest Park staff are being mandated to work from home, unless they are needed to provide essential services, through April 6, 2020.

On March 24, 2020, the City issued a newsflash regarding these changes. You can read the City’s full order here.

City Hall

Based on guidance from the CDC, City Hall, the Police lobby, Municipal Court lobby, and Public Works offices are closed to the public and most City staff through April 6, 2020. City and some Court operations will continue during this time. You can still contact the City by email and phone, 206-368-5440, or use our online services.

Effective immediately, the City will operate under the following changes to accommodate these orders:

  • City Hall will be closed to public and most City employees through April 6. Phone calls to 206-368-5440 will be answered remotely between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Community members are encouraged to contact the City through the website for updates and general information:
  • For emergencies, please call 9-1-1
  • Public records requests should be filed electronically online:
  • Mechanical and Plumbing permit requests can be made online through the Permit Portal ( Information on other types of permit request is available at that link as well.
  • All park play structures and sports courts and restrooms are currently closed. Trails and open spaces remain open to the public; however, social distancing and excellent hygiene is required while using park facilities.
  • The City Council meetings on March 26 and April 9 will be held fully online.

The City remains focused on keeping essential operations up and running while making employee and public safety the top priority. Many services are available online. City employees who can work remotely will continue to serve the community, will be available by email, and are on standby to be called in during this time.

City Events & Meetings

City sponsored events and meetings have been canceled through April 30 – see below for more specific details. The City will follow the guidance of Public Health - Seattle & King County in evaluating whether to extend cancellations beyond April 30.

  • City Council Meetings - will be held as scheduled. However, the City will continue to assess the situation and will notify you if this changes.
  • City Council Regular Meeting - March 26 will be held online only. Click here for more information on that.
  • Coffee with the Mayor – April 11 date has been canceled
  • Earth Smart Green Fair – has been rescheduled to June 6
  • NEMCo CERT Class – has been canceled
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meetings – canceled through April 30
  • Tree Board Meetings – canceled through April 30

Municipal Court

Municipal Court staff is working regular hours and can assist persons who need to reschedule hearings or make payments. (see City Hall section, above). The Court window and lobby are closed. The Court is holding mandatory hearings only, however, the courtroom is closed to the public. Persons with criminal charges should also contact their attorney

Judge Linda Portnoy has entered an emergency administrative order re-scheduling all non-mandatory court appearances for a period of 30 days. Court staff is available via phone, email, or online chat. For additional updates on Court operations and contact information, please check the Court webpage.

Passport Services

Passport Services is closed through May 4. Watch our website or subscribe to email or Facebook to receive updates. Please check the U.S. Department of State website for other nearby locations that may be open.

Permit Counter

The Planning & Building Counter at City Hall Is currently closed to the public. We are encouraging people to take advantage of our remote services. If you can conduct your business with the permit center by email, phone, or online, we encourage you to please do so. If you are unsure, call 206-368-5440 so we can determine if we can help you remotely.

Mechanical and Plumbing permit requests can be made online through the Permit Portal ( Information on other types of permit request is available at that link as well.

Police Services

The Police Lobby is currently closed to the public. To report an emergency, call 9-1-1. For any other non-emergency police calls, citizens are encouraged to call our dispatch center (Bothell Dispatch) at 425-486-1254.

There are two options to speak with the Police Records Unit: call 206-364-8216; or, use the black call box on the south side of the City hall building.

Many of your questions can be answered by going to the Police Department page on the City website.

Fingerprinting services and Concealed Weapons Permit applications have been suspended through April 30.

Sewer Utility Customers

If you need to make a sewer utility payment, you can use the payment drop box on the south side of City Hall or visit Lake Forest Park Utility Billing for online payment options, and here for Business Licensing and Taxes.

Local Affected Services

Lake Forest Park Library:  Visit the King County Library System’s website for the latest information on cancellations, affected programs, and closures.

Recreation Facilities in Shoreline:  Visit City of Shoreline’s website for the latest information on closures, refunds, and summer camp registration.

Senior Center Services:  Visit the Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center’s website for the latest information on closures.

Shoreline School District:  Visit the Shoreline School District’s website for the latest information on closures.

Local Declaration of Public Health Emergency

The Mayor has signed a Local Declaration of Public Health Emergency. This emergency declaration is not a cause for alarm. It is a formal step in a process that facilitates coordination with other agencies including the State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County and grants the city access to additional resources if needed.

Additional Resources

Common Questions about Coronavirus

COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers

King County COVID-19 resources, dated 3/16/2020 (PDF)

Ways to practice self-care and compassion (PDF)

City of Kenmore Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19