What about utilities?

Puget Sound Energy & Snohomish Public Utility District

•    No disconnection tariffs for nonpayment during this emergency

•    Waiving late fees for customers who are out of work

•    Offering customers payment plans

•    Expanded bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.

The governor is also suspending some restrictions on the rate-making authority of the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, to enable the use of ratepayer dollars to provide economic assistance to customers who are affected by COVID-19. This provides UTC authority to approve the expanded use of energy bill assistance funds to customers who are out of work, or working significantly reduced hours, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:

•    Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support. 

•    Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.

•    Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.

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1. What is an "Essential Business?"
2. Does the moratorium on evictions apply to businesses?
3. What if I am unable to pay my monthly, quarterly or annual return?
4. Will my water be shut off?
5. What about utilities?
6. Is there someone I can talk to at the City?
7. Is the City still issuing permits?
8. What if I need to, or have been, working with the Department on a collection related issue?
9. What if I have a payment plan with the DOR?
10. What should I do if I have a temporary business registration?
11. What happens if I am late renewing my business license during this time period?
12. What if I have questions about paying my property taxes?
13. How do I request relief?
14. What can I do to prevent COVID-19 in my workplace for those who can’t telework?
15. Is garbage service mandatory while my business is closed?