Petitions are made to the Board of County Commissioners.
The petition can be received by either Public Works or
the Clerk of the Board.
Grant County requires the following items
in order to prepare a petition:
1. A letter asking for the vacation or
Speed Limit Change
2. A simple map showing the road location
and nearest crossroad at each end. If no
crossroad, than a measurement of the length from start
to finish will be needed. Landmarks are helpful,
but not necessary unless the road is difficult to find.
3. Please note that vacation petitions
also require a $125 fee.
This process may
take several months, expect at least 30 to 45 days
The Grant County Board of
Commissioners is empowered with deciding if a road
or right-of-way will be vacated. The Commissioners
rely on recommendations from the County Engineer and
on testimony at a public hearing which must be held
before a road can be vacated. They are responsible
for protecting the general public's interest and the
vacation is at their discretion. A favorable
recommendation from the County Engineer and no
opposition to the vacation at the public hearing are
helpful in obtaining the vacation.
When the road has been vacated by operation of law, or statute, the Board of Commissioners generally adopts a resolution recognizing the statutory vacation so as to remove clouds on title.
The basic petitioning fee is
Road Vacation Information Packet
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) on Vacations
If you are not sure if your road is a county road,
or if there is additional rights-of-way:
Right-of-way is a blanket term used
to describe the area owned or held in easement by
Grant County for maintaining road surfaces, ditches,
sidewalks and paths. The standard is 60 feet,
although some roads may have more or less, and in
some cases may vary greatly over a short distance. Right of Way Research
is in thousands of paper documents in files and in
different locations. Sometimes research has to
been done in archives on-line or in Douglas County.
As such, it can sometimes be time consuming and
require several days. To expedite this
process, Public Works has developed a form to help
you put in a request to our office. You may
e-mail this document to the Roads Information Tech
. You may mail the
form or drop it by the Public Works Office at 124
Enterprise St SE Ephrata, WA 98823.
MUCH DOES IT COST? There is no cost for this
research. We will e-mail back scanned
documents if an e-mail address is provided. If
you pick up documents at the counter, there is a
$.10 per page fee.
Right-of-Way Request Form and Map
Petitions for Speed Limits and Jake brakes:
Grant County Code:
Speed Limit Petition letter
Speed Limit changes
and request for Jake brake and/or other ordinance
changes may be requested by a letter of Petition to
the Grant County Board of County Commissioners.
The letter may have 1 to as many signatures that can
be acquired; there is not a minimum; however, more
signatures are better to insure the majority of the
local residents in an area are in agreement to the
List all of the reasons
for the change, such as School Bus route, area
congestion, mailboxes, left turns in
truck traffic, etc.
Once the BOCC receives
the letter, they will review the petition and pass
it forward to the County Engineer for review.
The County Engineer employs several methods to
determine the best way to handle a speed limit
issue; such as traffic counts, solar radar and
posting a deputy and/or other studies. If the
speed limit change is reasonable and prudent, Public
Works will write a resolution for hearing to Amend the Grant County Code.
A hearing date will be set and the proposed change
posted in the paper. This process takes from 2
to 8 weeks.
During the hearing, evidence is presented
for or against the change. The Board of County
Commissioners will approve or deny
the resolution to Amend Grant County Code.
Signs are usually
changed or posted within 1-2 weeks. The ordinance may
take several days before the change is made.
The resolution will be on file for Public
Information both at the BOCC Clerk's and Public
You may either mail or
bring your petition in to the BOCC Clerk's Office:
Friday, 8:00 to
P.O. Box 37,
Grant County Public Works
124 Enterprise Street S.E.
Ephrata Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00
Phone: (509) 754-6082
Fax: (509) 754-6087
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