2015 RIMROCK REMINDERS
Important note: You have until March 31 to pay Association
Dues. After that, a $10/month late fee is added plus a 12% interest fee at the
end of the year. The accounts of
members delinquent on the payment of their dues are subject to immediate
collection action(s) by the Association.
Due to popular request, we are updating and repeating our FAQ regarding
Rimrock and Douglas County building restrictions and other general rules and
information. This is not intended to be complete but rather a summary. The
Douglas County Building Department can be reached at 509 884 7173. Hugh Theiler
is the current Code Compliance Inspector.
- Rimrock requires a Planning Committee permit for
any structure or if you make any significant changes in
grade. Permit applications are available on the website on the “Rimrock
Property” page or from the Office. Please include a site plan with your
- Douglas County requires a building permit for
structures over 200 sq. ft. Extended rooflines beyond the eaves are
counted (porch cover, carport, etc.), as is any loft. Any
structure that does not meet the requirements of a residence is
considered a storage shed. All covers over an RV require a
permit regardless of size. Their website is
- Because of our proximity to the Pygmy Rabbit
breeding program, please ask the office to survey your lot for any
burrows prior to any excavating. If a Pygmy Rabbit den exists, once
notified, the state has 30 days to relocate them.
- Wells must be a minimum of 50 feet from the
property line. Septic must be 100 feet from a well.
- You can have multiple structures on your lot with
no maximum size. You cannot connect them without a permit. There is no
longer a minimum square footage requirement for residential structures.
You still must meet all required codes. Check with the County for more
details. You cannot live in a storage shed.
- Square footage fact summary: 1. 200 or less- no
County permit is required. Any Structure- Planning
Committee permit required. 2. No minimum size for residential dwelling.
Must meet applicable codes. 3. Maximum out- building size is 10,000 sq.
- Remember, the roads have a 60-foot right-of-way so
your lot usually begins 30 feet from the center of the road. A
utility easement of 8 feet exists around all lots. Please read your
Covenants (available on our website). Changes often occur on an annual
basis as do County codes.
- The Covenants are very specific about nuisances
and unkempt lots. Please keep your lot neat! Please show your neighbors
and Rimrock respect by regularly policing your property. The Planning
Committee will do semi-annual inspections.
- PLEASE READ! If you do not have a
residence as defined by the County, you are limited to a stay of 180
days in any 365-day period within the Rimrock development per our
Covenants. In simple terms, you cannot live full time in a tent,
trailer, shed, or any temporary structure. Permanent legal dwellings and
full-time residents are welcome!
- In many circumstances, the Covenants allow the
Planning Committee to consider variances. Each will be reviewed on its
- If you sell your lot to a private party,
first have them stop by or call the office to review pertinent
documents to make sure their planned usage is in accordance with our
Covenants and Bylaws. They are also available on our website.
- If you purchase a lot on contract with a third
party, that contract must be recorded with the County in order for you
to have membership rights. Rimrock records all contracts on lots the
Association sells. Also, if you have been notified that you are in
violation of our governing documents and choose to ignore that notice,
you may lose your membership rights.
- Our subdivision is re-assessed every 2 years. If
you have any questions regarding your property taxes, contact Douglas
County at 509 745 8521. If you are curious how the County views your
property, see http://douglaswa.taxsifter.com.
- If you plan on riding any type of ATV, you must attend
one rider’s meeting per year. They are usually held Saturdays at 9:30AM,
May-September near the office.
- Because we are remote and cover a large area, security
is everyone’s business. We recommend that you keep your valuables to a
minimum, particularly in the off-season. Game or trail cameras installed on
your lot have been proven to be very effective. The RV storage lots offer
some security and we have spaces on a first come, first served basis. We
have a limited number of 8x12 storage sheds at $30/mo. or $350/year. We
offer winter storage in the campground during the off-season for $40/month.
It is less for those who already have an RV storage space. You, yourself,
are still limited to a maximum stay of 21 consecutive days in the campground
followed by 7 days out.
- We have 24 RV sites that include 50A service and
sewer. Those sites have a $10 per night user fee for members and $30 per
night for guests. The regular guest fee is $25/night for tent camping and
the 30A partial RV sites. Those are $5/night for members. There is a $5 fee
for the RV dump. Members hosting guests in their own tent or RV are
allowed one for free and each additional are $10/night.
- We offer Wifi in the Campground with fees based upon
usage. It is intended to be used for email and text files. Please do not
download movies or view files with extensive graphics or streaming video due
to our limited bandwidth or we will be forced to raise fees.
- Important!! Our garbage dumpsters are
available for member convenience. They are to be used for ordinary household
garbage created during your vacation at Rimrock. Please do not use them for
construction waste or for large household items. The Ephrata landfill is
cheap and convenient. Full-time residents must provide their own garbage
- If you leave your RV out here for the winter, make
sure it is winterized by October 15! Any week in October can have single
digit nights. Brrrrrrrr!! If you plan a winter visit, please call first to
check current conditions. We only plow to full-time residents.
- If you are planning a large family event and intend on
using the Clubhouse and kitchen, etc., please let the office know well in
advance. Group functions are limited to a maximum of 50 people. We require a
$300 damage deposit and a $200/day use fee. There will be a limited number
of events allowed each year.
- The PUD policy on power connections with poles
within 150ft is $3.75 per amp. You must still pay for trenching,
conduit, panel work, etc. Check with the PUD as their policy changes without
notice. 800 503 7990 or 509 884 7191. Beyond 150ft., it rapidly becomes cost
- Pool Rules: Our present rules (State Code!) are as
follows: 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, 13 to 17 must
have at least two people that age or older present, and 18+ can be alone. We
cannot allow any exceptions to that policy. Adult-only hours are posted at
the gate. An accidental drowning can be devastating both emotionally and
financially. Children wearing diapers must have a protective covering. There
will be no adult hours on holiday weekends. As a rule, the pool will not
open until the outside temperature reaches 70 degrees.
- Quiet time in the Campground is 11PM to 7AM. We ask
that the kitchen not be used during that period. The Kitchen and Clubhouse
will be locked during those hours on holidays and weekends from May to
September. We ask that you limit your kitchen use to one meal per day to
give others an opportunity to use it.
- If you require an official property address, an
address request form is available on the Douglas County website. There is a
$75 fee for the application.
Find it at http://www.douglascountywa.net/.
- Our website is found at rimrockmeadows.com, our email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org, our mailing address is POB 1195,
Ephrata, 98823, our phone number is 509 632 9800, and our fax line is 509
632 9801. We need advance notice in order to receive a fax.
We recommend that you keep this document for future
reference. Any changes will be posted on the website.
Please look for our quarterly newsletter, The Rattler,
on our website. New editions come out January, April, July, and October.