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When the actual bill is lower than the budget bill, the customer gains a "deferred credit" to use towards months where the actual bill is larger than the budget bill amount.
After a 12 month period, your account goes through a "settle-up" process. This means the past 12 months, plus or minus the deferred balance is re-averaged to calculate a new budget bill amount.
In general, permits are required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or structure.
In general, permits are required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, or demolish any building or structure. Here are some of the typical exemptions from building permits:
Keep in mind that exemption from a building permit does not grant exemption from any other requirements of the code and you may still be required to obtain permits from other City departments. For a list of all permit exemptions, refer to the 2015 International Residential and Building Codes.
Whether built on site or delivered all structures require a permit unless otherwise exempt. All portions of the structure must be inspected and all building code requirements must be met. Additionally, plans must be submitted for review prior to permit issuance.
You may apply online for building, plumbing, mechanical, and 'combination' permits. Go to the Citizen Connect portal, create a user account, and follow the screen prompts to submit your application. Once we receive your online submittal, we will review it for completeness, then email you with payment instructions, including a link for online payments.
Many plumbing and mechanical permits are over-the-counter and can be issued the same day. For permits involving more extensive work such as the reconfiguration of space, additions, and new structures, a plan review must be completed prior to permit issuance. You should allow at least 2 weeks for plan review.
- Complete the work prior to inspection to avoid automatic re-inspection correction.
- Reviewed (stamped) plans must be available on site.
- Have all necessary provisions in place to grant access to buildings or portions thereof.
- Have a positive attitude! Our inspectors are here to identify issues and in most cases offer solutions. Your willingness to work with us on your project prevents delays, improves communication, and results in a project that meets your needs and will be part of what makes Cheney a safe place to live and work.
No, all fireworks are illegal and prohibited within the incorporated areas of the city of Cheney. Anyone violating any provision of Cheney Municipal Code 18.08.074 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
Cheney residents are allowed to burn only in manufactured portable outdoor devices, such as barbecues, patio heaters, fireplaces, and chimineas, and only when there is no burning ban. Approved fuels are clean and dry seasoned firewood, charcoal, natural gas, or propane gas. Not allowed are any outdoor fires without a chimney and spark arrester, such as in a backyard fire pit or campfire. Any open burning of yard and garden debris is prohibited. Please see the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for current outdoor burning conditions.
Copies of reports are obtained through our Public Records Request process. The Public Records Request form is here. You may also obtain a form at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 609 2nd Street, Cheney, WA 99004, or by calling our Public Records Officer at (509) 498-9209 to request a form.
If you believe you did not commit the violation then you should select the third box, and request a contested hearing. Unless you request the officer to be subpoenaed, the procedure at the hearing will be for the Judge to read the sworn statement of the officer. Then you may testify or present any evidence or witnesses that you wish. If you want to have the officer present, please submit your request in writing at the time you present your ticket or as soon thereafter as possible so the hearing can be appropriately scheduled. Officers are not required to be present unless subpoenaed. There are instructions on the back of the hearing notice you will need to read that address this topic as well as other information. As a result of a contested hearing, the penalty may stay the same, be reduced, dismissed, or found not committed. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case and the Judge will decide the case based on the preponderance of the evidence.
To see if there are any job openings, please visit our employment page
We are always accepting applications for reserve police officers. Please fill out an employment application and mail it to the Chief of Police at 215 G Street, Cheney, WA. 99004. Applications can be found here.
You can contact the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (S.C.R.A.P.S.) at 509-477-2532, or take the animal to S.C.R.A.P.S. at 6815 E. Trent, Spokane Valley, WA.
Police reports are obtained through the Deputy City Clerk at 609 2nd Street, Cheney, WA. 99004. Accident reports are obtained through the Washington State Patrol website. This will also be the link to file an accident report that an officer has not investigated. The link to the website is located
Please visit the Washington State Patrol Watch program to get a criminal history background check. The link to their website can be found here!
VIN inspections are done through Washington State Patrol. Please contact Washington State Patrol to schedule an appointment. A link to their website is located here.
You can contact Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) at 509-477-2532, or take the animal to SCRAPS at 6815 E. Trent, Spokane Valley, WA.
Important: If you're not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. All other non-emergency calls can be made to 509-535-9233.
The Noise Ordinance for the city of Cheney is here.
Accident reports can be obtained from the
You can fill out a form in the Finance Department at 609 2nd St, call the Public Records Officer at 509-498-9214, or submit this electronic
Charges for connecting electric service is $15 and water service is $5.00. These charges will be included on your first bill.