Welcome! Below is information to help you set up your new home in the neighborhood. We also have a magazine with much of this info and a page for posting on your fridge so the important numbers are at your fingertips. If you haven’t already received one from seller, landlord or neighbor, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where to drop it off.
We’d also like to welcome you to a board meeting once you’re settled in; they are on the third Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m., these days via zoom, but you’ll find more information on our About Us page along with minutes of recent meetings and a link to attend the next one.
GARBAGE DAYS and BINS
To learn your trash pick up schedule, or to order or change the size of bins provided by the city call 360-753-8106 or visit http://www.olympiawa.gov/services and click on garbage/recycling. To set up trash service, see “UTILITIES” below.
The large county waste and recycling center at 2420 Hogum Bay Rd NE, just off Route 5 at Marvin Rd., accepts all recycling materials including those you cannot place in bins such as styrofoam, appliances and electronics, some chemicals, glass, and clothing. Yard Waste and other Garbage are accepted with fees based on weight.
SATURDAY DROP-OFF SITE
We have a close drop off site at 1000 10th Ave SE, where cardboard and glass are accepted 24/7, all year. Metal and yard waste are accepted with fees on Saturdays from early March through late November; see hours and information online at www.olympiawa.gov/services.
You may register your personal vehicle for on-street parking within your residential zone. Permits are recorded with the city, they are not physical. Permits can be purchased in person at City Hall, 601 4th Ave E. (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or at www.olympiawa.gov/services/parking_services.
- driver’s license
- current registration
- proof of insurance
- proof of residency (mortgage/lease plus official mail)
Neither resident or visitor permits are physical items here in Olympia. Instead they add you or your visitor to their database for non ticketing for some period of time; with visitors it is normally up to 10 days. To register your visitor, visit the parking services link above or call in your guests’ car’s make, model and license plate no to 360-753-8017.
UTILITIES: TRASH, WATER
The City of Olympia Utilities Dept. handles trash and water services for residents. To set up your account, call 360-753-8340, email email@example.com, or visit www.olympiawa.gov/services, then Utility Billing.
GAS & ELECTRIC
Puget Sound Energy, www.pse.com
The City of Olympia requires all businesses, including Short Term Rentals, located within the City limits to be licensed by both the State of Washington and the City. You’ll want to begin with the Washington State Department of Revenue. The city business license will be part of that process. Visit www.dor.wa.gov/open-business to begin.
If you have specific questions about City licenses: www.olympiawa.gov/business and choose Business Licenses, or call 360-753-8327.
Licensing your dog and/or cat is required in Olympia. Visit www.jointanimalservices.org/licensing.
Do you need a building permit or have questions about the process? Visit: http://www.olympiawa.gov and choose Services, then Building Permits.
An automatic Heritage Review is part of the permitting process here in South Capitol neighborhood, and is done with every application for change to homes here. For more information visit www.olympiawa.gov/government/advisory_committees/heritage_commission.php.
FREE BUS SYSTEM
Did you know it’s free to ride the bus? One goes by every 15 minutes on Capitol Way on weekdays and weekend evenings, and every 30 minutes on weekend days. For more detailed information please visit
Dial-A-Lift is a free, door-to-door, shared ride public transportation service for people with disabilities that prevent them from using our fixed route bus service. Visit www.intercitytransit.com/services/dial-lift for information.
POLICE, FIRE, GAS LEAK,
TREE ON POWER LINE: Dial 9-1-1
WATER SHUT OFF: (360) 753-8333
POLICE: (360) 704-2740
FIRE (360) 753-8348
GAS LEAK: (888) 225-5773
TREE DOWN: (360) 753-8333
ANIMAL SERVICES: (360) 352-2510
DOMESTIC ABUSE: (360) 754-6300
SUICIDE PREVENTION: (800) 273-8255
LBGTQ HelpLine: (866) 488-7386
OPEN 24 HOURS
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