Our Location:


Columbia City is located in northwestern Oregon on the banks of the Columbia River approximately 31 miles north of the City of Portland on Highway 30, 2 miles north of the City of St. Helens and 61 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.


The city is dominated, ecologically and visually, by the Columbia River, which is nearly a mile wide here. Fir-clad slopes provide a backdrop west of town. Across the river are the foothills of the Cascade Range. Five snow-covered peaks are visible from the city: Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Jefferson.




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Posted June 5, 2020: Effective Monday June 8, 2020 at 8:00 am, the City of Columbia City will enter Phase II of its re-opening processes. In addition to the previously published re-opening conditions of Phase I, the City will enact the following under Phase II:

     1. We will revert to our normal utility billing processes with the resumption of late fees and shut-offs as we did prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, effective with the June 26th billing cycle. Customers who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the payment of their utility bills are encouraged to contact our City Hall, at 503-397-4010, in order to make financial arrangements.


     2. We will also be able to revert back to our normal City Council, committee and commission meetings schedules/formats of in-person meetings allowed with social distancing and sanitizing requirements that are in place for Phase II guidance.

Agenda distribution for these meetings will resume as is needed.


Further guidance will be forthcoming as it is received in regards to the full re-opening of our City parks, where picnic tables and playground equipment use has been restricted, as well as the opening of our Community Hall for public rentals.



Posted May 15, 2020: The City of Columbia City has entered its Phase I re-opening for City buildings, which were closed to the public pursuant to Mayor Casey Wheeler’s Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.


Effective Monday May 18, 2020 both City Hall and the Public Works Shop are re-opened to the public on a modified basis. City Hall will be able to allow two (2) visitors at time in the front counter/lobby area and the Public Works Shop will be able to allow one (1) visitor at a time into its facility. Social distancing measures, appropriate Personal Protective (PPE), sanitizing materials, and COVID-19 informational/warning materials are in place at these facilities.


The Columbia City Community Hall remains closed to rentals at this time, with the exception of the Columbia County Justice Court system which will return to operations as they are scheduled. Full use of the Columbia City Community Hall is expected, at this time, to resume upon the granting of Phase II re-openings of City buildings.


Please do not hesitate to contact City Hall with any questions that you may have.





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Our Vision Statement:


Columbia City is the lower Columbia River’s ideal small town - a city of beauty and livability.


  • Residents connect in safe, attractive, and quiet neighborhoods.


  • The city welcomes diverse community-sustaining businesses.


  • Engaged citizens and responsive local governments collaborate to preserve the city’s distinctive identity and independence.


Our Mission Statement:


The City of Columbia City encourages community involvement and is committed to:


  • Developing and ensuring the highest possible quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors.


  • Providing a safe, secure and healthy community environment.


  • Providing an efficient and effective government which is open and responsive to the needs of the community and works for the benefit of all.


City of Columbia City • P.O. Box 189 • 1840 Second Street • Columbia City, OR  97018 • (503) 397-4010 • Contact Us