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Some departments at Palmdale City Hall will be available to the public starting Tuesday. City Hall has been closed to walk-in traffic since March 12.

PALMDALE — Palmdale’s City Hall offices will begin reopening to the public for access to services on Tuesday.

City Hall has been closed to walk-in traffic since March 12 as a result of the Safer at Home orders by the state and Los Angeles County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Tuesday, the public may visit City Hall and the departments of Development Services, Finance, City Clerk, Parks and Recreation, Human Services and Community Programs.

Offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

During the past two months under the Safer at Home orders, city staff has continued to do the business, albeit in a modified form. Access to city offices has been by appointment only.

“City staff has been able to provide outstanding service to our customers through our appointment system, but now as we move forward we are pleased that we will be able to accommodate individuals who have not made an appointment and come to us on a walk-in basis,” City Manager J.J. Murphy said.  

Because health and safety are a top priority, city employees and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain six-foot social distancing requirements. There will be a limit as to how many people will be allowed in at one time. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in all city facilities. People who are ill are advised to stay home.

Residents are still encouraged to use the city’s many online services at www.CityofPalmdale.org. These include functions such as applying for building permits, reporting code violations, paying citations and business licensing. Residents and developers may also continue to schedule appointments rather than coming into City Hall.

Due to the current Los Angeles County Health Officer Order, the Palmdale City Library, Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, SAVES and all Recreation Centers will remain closed to public access.

Individuals may still order books for pickup online at the Library. SAVES and Legacy Commons will continue to distribute food via drive through.  

“City staff came up with creative ways to keep things moving in Palmdale,” Mayor Steve Hofbauer said. “We began doing building inspections virtually and provided online recreation opportunities for all ages to enjoy. We also increased our capacity to serve meals to those who needed help the most, and our staff worked alongside medical professionals to help with COVID-19 testing.”

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