City of Bishop Operational Changes

City Hall & Other City Facilities

City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment. People are encouraged to contact City Hall by phone or email and the city will make reasonable resources available to conduct essential city business remotely.

Essential City services will continue, but in-person services at City Hall will be very limited until further notice.

City Hall will transition primarily to online services; residents and businesses are encouraged to use online public services as much as possible.

In addition to online services, the City will accommodate the lack of in-person services by staffing phone lines.


Parks buildings will be closed to the public until further notice: All recreation programs, classes, permits and reservations are canceled until further notice. All youth and adult sporting activities are suspended until further notice.

City Park and trails, including public restrooms, will remain accessible to the public and their maintenance and upkeep will continue subject to closure or modification if deemed necessary. Public restroom sanitizing has been increased to twice a day and will be increased further if appropriate.

City Services

All services ordinarily requiring in-person visits or public service counter assistance (including licensing and building permits) will be limited and made available via phone, online or through email. Building permits may be applied for online.

Building inspection services will continue. If you have building or development plans to deliver to the Building or Planning Departments, please do so by email or a drop box, or call to make an appointment.

The City encourages everyone to call 760-873-5866 ext. 2 for non-emergency police assistance and for general information and questions regarding filing police reports.

The Bishop Fire Department Headquarters, fire stations and training facility are closed to the public. Routine inquiries should be made by phone at 760-873-5485.

Prior issued burn permits will be extended thus reducing the need for in-person visits to the FD

All Public Works services will remain in place. Public Works emphasizes that, based upon the information made available to the City at this point, drinking water is not a known source of coronavirus, and residents can continue to drink water from their taps.  Again, routine inquiries to the Public Works and Building Department should be made by phone at 760-873-8458.

Financial Support for Residents and Businesses

The City will be returning or giving future credit for City recreation program fees or other City fees that have been paid for canceled activities and events at City or school facilities.  All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended. For additional questions, please call the City at 760-873-5863.

City Meetings

Please check for updates on future meetings of the City Council and city Boards and Commissions.