Richland City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Residents can place utility payments in the drop box located on the southwest side of the building. Payments and requests for service can also be made on-line, by emailing or by calling (509) 942-1104.

Building department and planning applications, including plan submittals, will be accepted electronically. Contact 509-942-7794 or for more information. 

Hearing Examiner

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  • 6:00 pm
  • Second Monday of each month (as needed)
  • City Council Chamber

Agendas & Minutes


The independent Hearing Examiner conducts hearings to apply general policies and regulations adopted by the City Council to specific proposals or situations. These Rules are to help secure the fair and efficient conduct of matters subject to the City's administrative hearing and appeal system. The underlying concern is to ensure that the essentials of due process: notice and opportunity to be heard, are an integral part of every hearing conducted.

The intent of the Hearing Examiner is to insure that every hearing provides participants a fair opportunity to be heard. In all hearings, the oral testimony is taken under oath or affirmation. The proceedings are voice recorded so that a written transcript can be prepared, if necessary.

The Examiner is concerned not with the popularity of a matter presented but whether it meets the requirements of the applicable code, policy or regulation. The examiner's decision or recommendation must be based on the record of the proceedings before the examiner.

The Hearing Examiner has jurisdiction over specific matters identified in City codes and ordinances, including without limitation RMC 19.20.030 and RMC 23.46.025 , as currently written or as may subsequently be amended by the Richland City Council.

Additional information about the Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure are available here.


Past Case Files

Past case files may be viewed here.



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