Lincoln City is located on the scenic Oregon Coast at the 45th parallel. It is bordered by Devils Lake and the Coast Range on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The Salmon River and Cascade Head are to the north and the Siletz Bay and River are to the south.

The city enjoys a mild maritime climate. Daytime highs in the winter are usually around 50 degrees, with lows typically remaining above freezing. Summer highs are 60-70 degrees on the beaches, increasing to 80-90 degrees just a few miles inland. Annual precipitation averages 76.3 inches, with most rainfall occurring during the winter months. Prevailing winds come from the northwest in the summer and from the southwest in the winter. The consistent breeze enjoyed at our beaches makes Lincoln City one of the best places in the world to fly a kite. Surfing and kite-boarding conditions are also world-class. The air quality is excellent.

City Council

As the elected legislative body of the City of Lincoln City, the Mayor and City Council have overall responsibility for the scope, direction and financing of City services.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:00 PM. Meetings are traditionally held in the City Council Chambers located inside Lincoln City Hall.

In addition to regularly scheduled Council meetings, the Mayor and City Council members will generally spend time reviewing material in preparation for the meetings, attend additional meetings as well as talking and corresponding with constituents.

The City Council also serves as the governing body of the Urban Renewal Agency.

City Departments


The Office of the City Manager David Hawker, City Manager
Lincoln City operates under the Council-Manager form of government where the City Manager is the chief executive who provides the leadership and direction for the operation of the government. The manager is responsible for preparing the proposed annual budget, and serves as the policy advisor to the Mayor and council.

City Recorder

The City Recorder assures the timely presentation of formal communications from the public, other agencies and City staff to the City Manager, and/or the City Council.

The Recorder prepares the Council meeting agendas in coordination with the City Manager. She officiates many of the city's public meetings and maintains official City records, which reflect the actions of the Governing Body.

The Recorder maintains a depository of contracts, agreements and official Council actions and insures the timely availability of these records to the Council, public, other agencies and staff.


The Finance Department serves the community by managing utility billing, business permits, collecting taxes and fees, paying the City's bills, managing investments, and by maintaining detailed records of all financial transactions.

The goal of the Finance Department staff is to provide all services with an emphasis on timeliness, accuracy and courteous customer service.

Accounts Payable
email Accounts Payables

Accounts Receivable
Alarm Permits
Business Permits
Municipal Court Payments Transient Room Taxes Water and Sewer Billing
email Utility Billing

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department proactively develops and maintains policies and procedures that allow the City of Lincoln City to recruit and retain the finest employees in the region. Among the services Human Resources offers are: recruiting, testing, selection, training, benefits administration, employee records management, labor/management relations, labor contract administration, workers compensation administration, and safety programs.

The City of Lincoln City offers its employees a generous benefits package which includes health and prescription coverage, dental and vision benefits, retirement package, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, long term disability and tuition/education reimbursement.

We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer who fully and actively supports Equal Access for all people regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Information Desk

The Information Desk was established to provide the public with a "first contact point" for questions. You can submit your question in person, via phone or via email. If the Information Specialist cannot provide an answer to your question, she will direct you to a staff member who can.

In addition to answering questions, the Information Desk also can arrange for documents to be notarized. A fee is charged for this service.

Municipal Court

Lincoln City's Municipal Court processes minor traffic violations, Class C and B misdemeanors, State and City violations issued by Lincoln City Police Officers and violations of the Lincoln City Municipal Ordinance Code and Zoning Code issued by the Lincoln City Code Enforcement Officer or VRD Planning Technician.

The Violations Bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. except scheduled court days and holidays. This service is provided to dispose of matters without appearing before a judge.

Planning and Community Development

The Planning and Community Development Department is responsible for land use planning, implementation of land use plans and policies through application of ordinances and reviewing development applications to ensure compliance with zoning, setback, parking, landscaping, access, and other City requirements; administering the vacation rental dwelling program, floodplain management, and building inspection services. The department provides service and information to the general public, property owners, builders, and developers on all facets of development and land use within city limits as well as the urban growth boundary.

The Planning and Community Development Department advises the City Council and Planning Commission on land use and special projects. The department provides support and planning expertise to the Parks Board, collaborates with the urban renewal and public works departments on transportation and infrastructure planning, and assists in writing and administering grant applications.

Building Review and Inspection - now including ePermitting
The Planning and Community Development Department is responsible for review and inspection of all structural (building) permits, as well as mechanical permits (examples of mechanical permits are furnaces, woodstoves, gas fireplaces, etc.) Note: Electrical and plumbing permits must be obtained from Lincoln County, even for properties inside Lincoln City. In 2011, Lincoln City joined the statewide ePermitting program , providing a full range of building services online for your convenience. Licensed contractors may use the ePermitting program to apply for permits. Paying fees and scheduling inspections can be done through ePermitting by contractors and property owners.

Lincoln City Police Department

Chief of Police Keith Kilian


The organizational structure of this department is designed to create an efficient means to accomplish our mission and goals and to provide for the best possible service to the public.

The Chief of Police is responsible for administering and managing the Lincoln City Police Department. There are three sections in the Police Department as follows:

Administration Division Operations Division Investigation Division

Administration Division

The Administration Division is commanded by the Lieutenant whose primary responsibility is to provide general management, direction and control for the Administration Division. The Administration Division consists of the Dispatch Center and the School Resource Officer.

Operations Division

The Operations Division is commanded by the Chief of Police whose primary responsibility is to provide general management, direction and control for that Division. The Operations Division consists of Uniformed Patrol, Evidence Property Room, Code Enforcement and the Records Center.

Investigations Division

The Investigation Division is commanded by a Lieutenant whose primarily responsibility is to provide general management, direction and control for the Investigation Division. The Investigation Division consists of General Detectives and the LINT Detective.

Public Works

The Lincoln City Department of Public Works provides responsive community services related to planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and management of public infrastructure: streets, sewer, water treatment, waste water treatment, public buildings and other facilities. Services provided by the Department of Public Works contribute to public health, safety, economic diversity, environmental quality and citizen convenience.

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