Community Development Department
William Rathbone, Community Development Director
City Hall (2nd Floor)
21 West First Avenue
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-7318 Office
(509) 865-1950 Fax
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The building official reviews construction plans for new buildings and additions. He issues building permits and inspects construction work. He is charged with the responsibility of insuring that each construction project meets the requirements of the Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes.
The building official helps insure that all new construction is safe for building occupants. If you need a building permit, inspection, or simply more information, please contact Mr. Rathbone at (509) 865-7318 or Email William Rathbone .
Contact Mr. Rathbone at (509) 865-7318 if you have questions about zoning, land use, sign permits, sub-divisions, or annexation of property into the City of Toppenish.
2018 City of Toppenish Comprehensive Plan Update
Chapter 1 - Natural Systems
Chapter 2 - Land Use
Chapter 3 - Housing
Chapter 4 - Capital Facilities
Chapter 5 - Transportation
Chapter 6 - Parks
Chapter 7 - Administration
Fire Department/Code Enforcement
Tim Smith, Fire Chief
514 West Second Avenue
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-3111 Office
(509) 865-3332 Fax
The City of Toppenish as adopted and enforces the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code. This code specifically allows the Code Enforcement Officer to enforce laws that pertain to dangerous buildings, unsightly property conditions and property nuisances that could be detrimental to the safety of the neighborhood.
Many of the things which just seem to accumulate around the house and yard are not only unsightly, but they can be hazardous. Old refrigerators, freezers, and laundry equipment can be injurious and even life threatening to children and pets. Junk cars on private property or in the street can attract nuisance activities to your area.
Even when the problem is not at the hazard level, poorly maintained property lowers values in a neighborhood and lowers standards and expectations further so things quickly get worse. If an honest self-assessment of your property shows you that you have let things get a bit out-of-hand, why not help yourself and your neighbors by doing a spring cleaning. If it seems that your neighborhood could use a lift, why not organize a neighborhood clean-up party and help each other out. If your neighbor has let things go-a-bit too far, how about offering a word of encouragement and a couple hours of your time to help. It could be an investment in friendship as well as in your property value. If these things just don't seem to help, please contact Code Enforcement at (509) 865-3111 or Email to Tim Smith. He will be happy to consult and assist in resolving your problem.