Update on City Services

Thursday, May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

The City Building at 998 Monmouth remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff continues to work remotely to serve the public via telephone and email and with reduced capacity in person at the city building, utilizing masks and distancing, all per the State guidance provided for governments and for keeping Healthy at Work. Any in-person meetings with staff will be by appointment only. These practices will be reevaluated June 1 with an update provided on any changing conditions.

Drop boxes for payment, permit applications, job applications, and bids are available on the first floor at both main entrances (glass doors at front and rear of 998 Monmouth).

The following provisions are in effect.

PERMITS City staff will be accepting Building, Zoning and Historic Preservation permit applications by email, fax, regular mail or drop box. Please call 859-292-3637 or email Allyson Schaefer or contact Joy Rovno at 859-292-3687 with any questions. 

PAYMENTS The Finance Department staff is available email Finance or call 859-292-3660 for issues concerning property tax, payroll tax, business tax or any finance matters.
The payment due date for certain renewals has been extended to July 15, this includes Occupational License Renewals, Commercial Rental Renewals, ABC Regulatory Fees, and 1st Qtr. Payroll Withholding (except for third party payroll providers). Contact Finance with any questions.
Parking tickets may be paid by mail or by using the drop box in the vestibule at the city building.

MEETINGS Public meetings and hearings of the Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and Code Enforcement Board may be conducted via teleconference utilizing Zoom and live streamed to the City’s Facebook page ( Detailed meeting notices will be posted at the city building and on the website (

PASSPORTS Acceptance of Passport applications has been suspended until further notice. Please check the US Dept of State website (  for locations to apply and call ahead to confirm they are open. The State Department has advised both new and renewal passports are significantly delayed beyond the typical eight-week turnaround with no expedited service available. See also the travel advisories at

PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS The Newport Dog Park, Skate Park and all other city playgrounds are hereby closed until further notice.

As conditions change, alterations may be made to City operations without prior notice. Any changes will be distributed through; our Newport KY Facebook page; and posted at the City Building.

These procedures are to assure that critical city services will continue without interruption. We believe that this public health emergency will be best brought and kept under control if the advice of public health officials is being followed by residents and businesses. All businesses are encouraged to follow the guidance of minimum requirements for keeping Healthy at Work. To find Covid-19 testing site or to learn more visit

Our emergency services will continue to operate during this period. Some reports may be taken by the Police Department by phone.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

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