This page lists the Washington State statutory deadlines in calendar year 2017 for preparing a 2018 city or town budget.
Annual Budget Deadlines
The annual budget deadlines shown below are found in chapter 35A.33 RCW (code cities) and chapter 35.33 RCW (all other cities and towns except Seattle). Seattle has different requirements that are not discussed here.
For a detailed explanation of the budget preparation requirements, deadlines, and procedural tips, see our page on Budget Preparation Procedures for Cities and Towns.
Note: These are statutory deadlines only, and the statutes allow cities and towns to adopt different deadlines for some of these steps by ordinance or charter. We recommend that each city and town develop a timeline that best meets its needs, assures compliance with the statutes, and provides sufficient time to prepare this vital financial plan.
Biennial Budget Deadlines
Cities and towns that have adopted a biennial (two-year) budget have the same statutory deadlines (see chapters 35.34 RCW and 35A.34 RCW), with the addition of a budget review and adjustment eight to 12 months into the first year. By law, the biennium must begin on January 1 of an odd-numbered year.
The current biennium period is 2017-2018, which means cities and towns using a biennial budget will not adopt a new budget for 2018 but must review and adjust the 2017-2018 budget sometime between September 1 and December 31, 2017.