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Visit the Better Business Bureau website for contact information.
View the Yreka Municipal Code.
Visit the State Bar of California Official website for information about attorneys.
Find information about child support by contacting:Siskiyou County Child Support ServicesPhone: 530-841-2950
Learn about contacting a district attorney:
Learn about the Siskiyou County government.
Visit the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs website for information about car legal problems.
To get help with a legal problem, visit the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs website.
Access the California Contractors State License Board website for information about contractor legal problems.
Yreka is located on I-5 in Northern California. We are located 22 miles south of the California-Oregon border and 98 miles north of Redding, CA.
Located at 701 Fourth Street, City Hall is near downtown Yreka, 4 blocks from W Miner Street and across from Jackson Street School.
The Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka is located at the following location:311 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
Council meetings are usually the first and third Thursdays of each month. They are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers:701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
You can request a copy of your birth certificate, for a fee, from the Siskiyou County Recorder's Office, located at:311 Fourth StreetRoom 108Yreka, CA 96097Phone: 530-842-8065
Yes, the City Hall drop box is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is located adjacent to the main City Hall entrance at 701 Fourth Street. View the drop box location (PDF).
View the flyer for information regarding gold panning in Yreka (PDF).
In November of 2006, a two-thirds voter majority approved a special property-based assessment known as the fire tax. This tax enables the Fire Department to purchase capital equipment. With the revenue from the fire tax, the City was able to secure a 10-year loan for $1,091,964 in order to purchase a four-wheel-drive Intruder Pumper Truck and a Quint Aerial Ladder Truck as well as the related hoses and supplies to outfit the engines. The fire tax is permanent, and only goes to support the Fire Department.
Every January the fire tax receives a cost of living adjustment. This adjustment will raise (or possibly lower) the fire tax based on the Engineering News Report's Construction Cost Index, which essentially measures inflation.
The Siskiyou County Tax Collector handles property taxes. You can call at 530-842-8340.
Marriage licenses are handled by the Siskiyou County Clerk. You can call at 530-842-8084.
Traffic tickets are handled by the Siskiyou County Municipal Court, you can call them at 530-842-8082.
OpenGov is a platform that transforms complex financial information into interactive reports that make it easy to see how taxpayer money is collected and spent.
To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - use the menu on the left side panel. The "Broken Down By" drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.
Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You'll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.
Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information below the graph.
In the upper right-hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types:
Additionally, there is always a table view below any graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph.
In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see "spikes" in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capital project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-down into our OpenGov site to learn more about where exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.
Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats. Additionally, you can copy and paste the URL at the top of the page you are viewing.
Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Budget 101” primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.
Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the "Contact" option to send a message to the City organization.
Yes, burn permits are required within the City limits and restrictions apply. To acquire a burn permit, visit City Hall:701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
There is no fee for a burn permit and they do not expire, but they can be revoked. If you happen to lose your burn permit, please visit City Hall and fill out a new permit.
Burning is permitted during daylight hours. Contact City Hall at 530-841-2386 to learn more.
To find out if it is a permissible burn day contact Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control at 530-842-8123.
Yes, business licenses are required for home businesses and can be acquired through City Hall at:701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
Permissible fence height varies depending on where on a property a fence is located, whether or not the fence is on a street corner, and other factors. Check ordinance 16.46.050 to find which fence height limit is applicable to you.
Animal Control receives over 600 calls a year requesting various services. About 80% of these calls are dog related. Plus, licensing dogs allows the City to ensure that dogs in the City have up to date rabies vaccines. View the Animal Control page to find out more.
The City strives to have dog license fees, along with impound related fees, pay for about 50% of the Animal Control budget. In order to reach this goal, fees are raised to keep up with increases in expenses. Without increases in license fees, the percentage of costs covered by fees would decrease every year. This would once again shift the burden for paying for the majority of Animal Control expenses to the public in general.
You do not need a license for a dog until it is 4 months old.
The following list are times when you need to apply for a building permit (PDF):
The online utility bill portal has information on how much your bill is, what payments you have made to your bill, your current balance, and your billing/water use history.
Yes, copies of utility bills are available online to view or print.
Yes, you can use tablets or smart phones to access the City's online services.
Yes, you can pay your City of Yreka Utility Bill online with a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards.
Yes, you can look up all of your City of Yreka utility accounts online.
Your account will be credited as soon as you submit a payment online.
Yes, you can pay online, but be sure to call the City at 530-841-2386 if your water has been shut off or if it is shutoff day, in order to make sure your payment has been received and your water will be turned back on promptly. Shutoff day will be listed on your turnoff notice.
Yes you can still pay online, but be sure to email the City, or call the Police Department at 530-841-2300 to notify the City that you have made a payment and would like water service to be turned back on. The City will then confirm the payment was made and that the amount is sufficient.
Give the City a call at 530-841-2386 and we can help.
Yes, you can set up recurring payments online. These payments will come out on the 10th of each month. If you already have recurring payments using your bank account through the City, be sure to notify us so that we can stop your recurring bank draft.
Park reservations can be made by phone at 530-841-2386 or visit City Hall at 701 Fourth Street. To reserve the Community Center or Theater, call 530-841-2332.
Metal detectors are prohibited in City parks. Contact Parks and Facilities to learn more.
It is unlawful to consume alcoholic beverages in the City parks, with the exception of Greenhorn Park, however, a permit can be obtained from the City Clerk for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in any such prohibited areas for group activities.
At City Hall, located at:701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097Phone: 530-841-2386
Call the Yreka Police Department dispatch and ask the dispatcher to see if your dog has been picked up. If your dog has been picked up, coordinate with the dispatcher to pick up your dog by calling 530-841-2300.
No, only dogs require a City animal license.
Dog Licensing Fees, as well as impound-related fees, go exclusively to pay for Animal Control Services.
Previously, the most recent dog license fee increase was in 1983. Since then, costs have increased substantially. Before the most recent increase, license fees and impound related fees covered less than 20% of Animal Control's expenses.
The remaining 80% or so came out of the City's general budget. The City, while recognizing the benefits of having Animal Control services, wanted the general public to bear less of the burden. The dog license fee rate increase was designed to pay for about 50% of those costs.
Animal Control receives over 600 calls a year, and 80% of those calls are dog related. Due to dogs taking up the majority of Animal Control's time, the City wanted dog owners to pay a fair proportion of Animal Control's costs.
If you live outside of the City limits, you need to have your dog licensed with the County. For more information, call 530-841-4028.
The Yreka Police Department Ride-Along Program allows citizens to become familiar with the Department, its functions and responsibilities. Interested individuals are permitted to participate in the Ride-Along Program after completion of an application/waiver and approval by the Ride-Along Coordinator.
No, the Yreka Police Department does not participate in patch and badge trading with either civilians or other departments.
Yes. Call the Yreka Police Department at 530-842-2300 and ask for Officer Scott Daugherty, the officer in charge of child seat inspections.
The Chief of Police is responsible for determining where no parking signs are to be installed. If it is determined that a no parking sign needs to be installed, the Chief will work with the City of Yreka's Department of Public Works to have the appropriate signs installed. View the ordinance website.
That depends on your bail status and what you were supposed to be in court for. If you've posted bail, it could mean you are found guilty and your bail is forfeited. If it was for a mandatory appearance, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. If you were to be there for a traffic trial, the judge may try you in absentia (the officer will present the case without you, and you will probably be found guilty).
You will need to contact the Yreka Police Records Department at 530-841-2300.
To pay your fine, send it in the provided envelope to:P.O. Box 2730Huntington Beach, CA 92647
To appeal, visit the Yreka Police Department at:412 W Miner StreetYreka, CA 96097
View the parking appeal procedure (PDF).
The police department does not register firearms. Private gun dealers will complete the necessary state forms for you for a fee.
Contact the Siskiyou County Jail at 530-842-8157 or at:315 S Oregon StreetYreka, CA 96097
If you were not immediately charged with a crime, charges may be filed after the investigation is complete. If a complaint is filed, the Court will mail you a Notice to Appear. If the Court cannot locate a current address for you, an arrest warrant will be issued. If you are concerned about being charged with a crime, talk to the officer or investigator handling the case to find out more information.
The court that has jurisdiction of the restraining order may release information to you. Yreka Police Department will not release that information.
The decision to file charges against someone is made by the District Attorney, not the police department. Our function is to document and assemble evidence for the District Attorney. If you have a question about a case, contact the involved officer.
Yreka Police Department hands out packets that explain the whole procedure and examples free to the public.
The release of property is coordinated with the Siskiyou County District Attorney's Office and the Yreka Police Department Investigations Division.
When a case is being adjudicated, all property associated with it is held as evidence. Once the Trial has been completed, the property is returned to the owner. If the property is not claimed, it is prepared for auction or destroyed. Any found property not claimed within 90 days is also prepared for auction. Only those items that can be legally released are auctioned.
Property is released by appointment only, during business hours.
The best way is to contact an attorney. However, you may obtain a packet at the County Courthouse and file for a restraining order yourself. If you are a victim of domestic violence, Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center can help you at 530-842-6629. Once your restraining order has been issued, bring a copy of the order and the proof of service to the police department. Keep a copy for yourself; it shows the expiration date.
A report on a restraining order violation cannot be made without that copy and the proof of service on file.
A pat-search for weapons can be made anytime an officer suspects a person might have one, and consent for that is not needed. Individuals on probation or parole may have a search clause, which means they agreed to be searched at any time for the privilege of not being in custody. Search warrants can be obtained by a person. Officers can always search a person if consent is given.
Yes. Anytime someone is detained, an officer can handcuff them for mutual protection if it is believed to be necessary.
Sometimes. If officers are chasing someone who just committed a serious crime, they can go in after him/her - it's fresh pursuit, while a crime is happening.
If there is a good reason to believe someone is in a house, officers can force entry to arrest someone if their delay would allow escape or destruction of evidence. Entry can also be forced to save lives or rescue kidnap victims, where a delay could result in injury or death.
With an arrest warrant, officers can go into a person's house to get them if there is a reason to believe that the person is there. If there is a reason to believe a serious crime is in progress, officers can go in using necessary force in order to investigate and arrest the suspect. If there is no clear urgency to act immediately, officers need to get an arrest and/or a search warrant. If the police have a lawful right to enter and demand entry, you can be arrested for obstruction if you refuse or deny entry in any way.
For an adult, there is no requirement to advise you of your Miranda rights unless you are in custody and we want to question you about the crime. However, if you are being arrested for a traffic warrant, you may never be advised of your rights. For the same reason, if you are questioned in your home and you are not in custody, advisement of rights is not an issue.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 530-841-2300.
No, If a crime took place outside of the City of Yreka, please call the police department for that city.
If this took place on a state Freeway please call the Highway Patrol Office nearest you.
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
There are times when a police report may not be released. If a case is still under investigation (or other legal reasons) your request may be denied. Some reports contain confidential information that cannot be released. Reports may be released either by mail or in person during business hours.
Please call our Records Department at 530-841-2300. Print and fill out a Request for Records Form (PDF), which can be delivered or mailed to:Yreka Police Department412 W Miner StreetYreka, CA 96097
Police case numbers are issued when a police report is made. You may call dispatch at 530-841-2300 and an officer will contact you, or you may make a report in person at the police department. If you did not get the information you need at the time of the report, call the Records Department at 530-841-2300.
Call and leave a message for the officer/investigator assigned to your case. It is helpful if you have your case number available. Please call our Records Department at 530-841-2300. Press the pound (#) key and listen for the officer/investigator's name.
If your child was over 18 at the time of the incident, you have no right to receive any information. Parents of a juvenile defendant can usually obtain a copy of the report.
Your attorney will receive a copy of your arrest report when you appear in court for arraignment. Yreka Police Department does not provide this information to you.
It depends. Most government and state agencies can receive this information on prospective employees. Private-sector employers will not be able to obtain your record from the police department.
Fingerprinting is conducted through the Sisikiyou County Sheriff's Department. Contact 530-842-8300 for more information.
You can check your local criminal history for your record with Yreka Police Department only. You must come in person and show identification. If you want to check your statewide criminal history, contact the Department of Justice at 916-227-3822. You cannot check anyone else's criminal history. It is not public information.
You can, however, check public conviction records at the Court, either in person or through private background investigative agencies.
To find out if you have a warrant, you can come into the police station in person and identify yourself. If you have a warrant, you may be taken into custody, or you may be cited and released. Warrant information is not given by phone. To find out if someone else has a warrant, call the court you believe has jurisdiction where the crime occurred.
The decision to charge (or not charge) a person with a crime is not something the police department controls. We document the facts of a crime and make an identification of responsible individuals. The District Attorney decides whether or not to file a complaint. If your case was not filed, contact the District Attorney's Office at 530-842-8125.
Any officer's primary concern is officer safety and control of the scene. One of the easiest ways to keep people under observation and control is to have them sit down, and the curb is usually the best (safest) option.
Yes. An officer can pull someone over for any violation of the vehicle code, or if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Erratic driving, possible drunk driving, cruising slowly with no apparent reason may also prompt a traffic stop. There are lots of possible reasons, and if you get pulled over, it's perfectly fair to ask why.
Yes. It is a matter of officer safety, and people can be made to exit a vehicle and remain in a safe place for a reasonable amount of time. If you refuse, you may be obstructing an officer, which is a crime.
Yes, if there is probable cause. California Vehicle Code (CVC) 2806 gives law enforcement the authorization to inspect vehicles if it is believed that vehicle modifications have been made.
There are many ways to recycle and reduce waste in Yreka. You would be surprised by how many items can be recycled and reused. Most e-waste, and many other items, like batteries, TVs and computer monitors, can be disposed of for free at the county transfer station. View more information on recycling e-waste. While there is no citywide effort to compost, many local organizations participate in composting and reducing organic material that is sent to land fills.
Visit the City of Yreka's Recycling page to find locations where you can drop off your recycling.
Safely disposing of hazardous materials is critical to protecting not only the health and safety of Yreka's residents, but it is also important because it ensures the protection of the surrounding environment. Visit Siskiyou County's Environmental Health page to learn about how you can safely dispose of hazardous materials
The property owner owns and is responsible for maintaining the entire sewer lateral from the plumbing in the property owner's buildings, up to and including the connection to the sewer main in the street. If there is a clog in the sewer lateral, it is the property owner's responsibility to clear it. City crews are not allowed onto private property in order to clean or maintain privately owned sewer laterals. View the Sewer page for more information.
The property owner owns and is responsible for maintaining the water lateral from the connection(s) in the building, up to, and including the connection to the water meter. View the water page to find more information.
Public Works maintains street lights in the City of Yreka. If you would like to report a street light that is out, call the Public Works Maintenance Division at 530-841-2370. View the Streetlights page to find out more.
The property owner is responsible for sidewalk repairs. View the California Streets and Highway Code - Maintenance of Sidewalks (PDF) for more information.
Caltrans is responsible for removing snow from State Route 3 and 263, which includes Main Street, Montague Road, and Fort Jones Road.
Public Works plows streets when snow depth reaches 4 to 6 inches at the Yreka Police Station. View the snow removal page for more information.
City streets are swept as needed. View the maintenance page to find out more.
Grass is cut in City parks every other week. Contact the Public Works office to learn more.
No, City trash cans are placed in the parks and on downtown streets to eliminate litter in these areas. The trash cans are not for household waste. The cost to dispose of the large amounts of household waste is reducing money dedicated to performing other critical services. Please help us to keep disposal costs down by not placing household waste in the City’s trash cans.
Water and Wastewater services are what is known as Enterprise Funds. These services are not subsidized by taxes at all; they operate like a business, where revenues must cover the maintenance and operating costs, including long-term replacement. The Rate Study report identifies the improvements necessary to keep these critical infrastructure systems functional and it projects the costs of keeping them compliant with a variety of requirements.
Yes, please see the Online Utility Bill Portal.
An Authorization for Automatic Payment Form (PDF) is available online and at:City Hall701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
The amount owed will be debited from your account on the 10th of every month, or if that date falls on a weekend, then the amount will be debited on the 11th or 12th.
You may have a leak in your plumbing. Please visit the Water Leaks page for more information.
Please call 530-841-2386 or come into City Hall at 701 Fourth Street.
The landfill fee pays for the use of the County owned waste facility, operating as a transfer station.
The water service set up fee covers a number of costs associated with new water service, including, reading the water meter when you move in/out, setting up your account, and other administrative costs.
During business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call City Hall at 530-841-2386. After hours call the Yreka Police Department at 530-841-2300.
During business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) you may call City Hall at 530-841-2386. After hours call the Yreka Police Department at 530-841-2300. For water emergencies there may be a call-out fee for the City to turn off your water. Alternatively, you may have your plumber turn it off for you. You may also want to think about installing a hand valve on your line. This will enable you to turn your water off yourself, without charge, for future emergencies. Property owners are responsible for maintaining all water laterals and water pipes on their side of the meter.
A Request for Water Meter Downsize Form (PDF) is available online or at:City Hall701 Fourth StreetYreka, CA 96097
Our water source is Fall Creek, which is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Yreka. This is an abundant supply of high quality water, and does not vary appreciably from season to season. The City also has an emergency water source referred to as the North Well. The well is on emergency standby, and is capable of producing approximately 1 million gallons per day. This source meets drinking water standards as set by the California Department of Public, but is not as desirable as Fall Creek.
The California Department of Health Services, Klamath District, completed an assessment of the drinking water source for Fall Creek in January of 2003. The assessment states that there have been no contaminants detected in this water supply. A complete copy of the assessment for Fall Creek and the North Well is available online.
Water from Fall Creek is filtered and chlorinated before it is delivered to the customers. All water systems using surface water are required to routinely measure the turbidity or "clarity" of the filtered water. Stringent turbidity measurements are needed in order to monitor the effectiveness of the filtration process at removing microbiological contaminants that may be found in surface water.
Water in the distribution system is under pressure. Any air trapped in the pressurized pipes will dissolve while under pressure. At the faucet, the air is released and gives water a "cloudy" or "milky" appearance. A small amount of air may be normal; in fact many faucets have aeration features built in. The quality of the water is not affected by the entrapped air.
If the air entered the distribution system after the repair of a pipe in the distribution system, you may experience more air than usual in your household plumbing for a short time. You can help purge the excess air from your plumbing by opening faucets throughout the house and at outside hose bibs until the water runs clear. If you let us know of the problem, we may be able to flush a hydrant in your area to reduce the amount of flushing needed at your home.
Before calling, do a quick check around the house and yard to look for obvious problems that may be affecting your water pressure. Look to see if there is anything else running in the house or outside, check the strainer on the faucet to see if it might be plugged, and check to see if water is coming up in the yard or curb box.
The most common problem that we find when investigating a low pressure complaint is a failed pressure regulator. The City of Yreka has many pressure zones so many homes install a pressure regulator to lower the water pressure to an acceptable level. Since too high of a pressure may cause leaks or breaks in household plumbing, pressure regulators are designed to close when they fail resulting in lower than normal pressure.
Although pressure regulators are part of the household plumbing system and therefore the homeowners responsibility, we are available to help investigate the problem or to shut off the water at the meter so that the regulator can be replaced. Call City Hall at 530-841-2386 for information about main breaks or hydrant flushing that may affect your water pressure. The Public Works Department will send someone out to check the low pressure if a reason cannot be determined over the telephone.
There is no shortage of news stories these days on the merits of tap water and bottled water from a variety of different perspectives. The truth is, while tap water and bottled water are regulated differently, both are generally safe, healthy choices. But only tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for the economy and the overall quality of life we enjoy. That's why it's important to remember that whatever you choose to drink, the water system that previous generations handed down to us needs constant attention to keep safe water flowing through our communities every day.