Open Space Public Benefit Rating System

  1. Open Space Plan
  2. Public Benefit Rating System
  3. Classification Process
  4. Applying
  5. Quick Links

Open space with a body of water, mountains and treesWhat Is the Douglas County Open Space Plan?

The Open Space Taxation Act, enacted by the Washington State Legislature in 1970, allows property owners to have open space, farm and agricultural, and timber lands valued at the land's current use rates rather than at the usual valuation principal of highest and best use.

The Act states that it is in the best interest of the state to maintain, preserve, conserve and otherwise continue in existence adequate open space lands for the production of food, fiber and forest crops and to assure the use and enjoyment of natural resources and scenic beauty for the economic and social well-being of the state and its citizens.

Additionally, it is in the County's interest to provide incentives that encourage the retention of open space.

Contact Us

  1. Assessor's Office

    Physical Address
    213 S Rainier Street
    Waterville, WA 98858


    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 387
    Waterville, WA 98858

    Fax: 509-745-8956
    Emergency Phone: 911

    Monday through Friday
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Land Services

    Physical Address
    140 19th Street NW
    Suite A
    East Wenatchee, WA 98802


    Fax: 509-886-3954

    Monday through Friday
    7 am to 5 pm

    Hours exclude observed holidays

  1. WA Department of Revenue
    Property Tax Division

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 47471
    Olympia, WA 98504-7471

    Phone: 360-534-1400

    Visit the Department of Revenue Property Tax Page