Community Information on COVID-19
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), to minimize public exposure, and to ensure the continuity of essential City Services, the City of Webster Groves will be altering operations. The City, over the last few years, has worked to improve accessibility to services, information, activities, and other resources on-line. Many of our services are accessible remotely. Effective at 5 p.m. on 3/19/2020, we will be limiting public access to City Hall at 4 E. Lockwood Avenue. We appreciate your patience as we all respond to this community health issue and we encourage you to check our website to stay informed. Below you will find information on City events and locations, as well as community information as it is available. Please note, this situation is ever evolving. Every effort will be made to keep this page as up-to-date as possible. In addition to this information, you can sign up at webstergroves.org/notifyme (City Services) for emails on closures, etc. or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/webstergrovescity. (Updated 3/26/2020)
City Buildings, Services, and Utilities
- April 7 Municipal Election - The election has been postponed to June 2. The candidate forum scheduled for March 25 has been canceled. Efforts are underway to reschedule for May.
- Boards and Commissions - The March Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation Commission meetings will be shortened and accessible only via teleconference. Visit webstergroves.org/teleconference for information on how to access. All other monthly board and commission meetings are canceled for the months of March and April at this time.
- Business License Renewals - The due date for business license renewals has been moved to June 30, 2020.
- Building Permits - Building permits are still being accepted. Permit applications can be found online at webstergroves.org/documentcenter A blue bin is located beneath the white table in the front vestibule at City Hall. Permit applications with the required submittal documents can be left in the bin. Review payments will be held at this time and required with the permit fees upon issuance of the permit. Please call 314-963-5332 or 314-963-5325 if you have questions about submittal requirements.
- City Council Meetings - City Council meetings will be available to the public only via teleconference. Visit webstergroves.org/teleconference for information on how to access.
- City Hall - Limited public access 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday beginning at 5 p.m. on March 19. No public side door entry. Front vestibule entry only for document pickup and drop off. Those doing business with the City are encouraged to contact by phone at 314-963-5300 or email. Appointments can be scheduled for any business that cannot be conducted via phone or electronic means. See our information on Building Permit and Occupancy Permit procedures elsewhere on this page.
- Municipal Court - March 25, April 8, and April 22 Court dates are canceled. Individuals on these dockets will be contacted with a new Court date. At this time payments can only be made online, by US Mail, or by using the night drop located on the front doors of City Hall.
- Notary Services - Notary Public services are suspended until further notice.
- Occupancy Permits - With the exception of new construction and unoccupied structures, Inspectors will cease occupancy inspections. Persons needing an inspection in order to move into a residential structure or unit in the next few weeks should call 314-963-5332 or e-mail the Planning Department at email@example.com. A temporary occupancy permit can be issued on a case by case basis. An inspection will occur once the City determines it is safe to perform such activities.
- Parks - At this time, City parks are open during regular hours (6 a.m. - 1/2 hour after sunset). All park playgrounds and restrooms are closed.
- Police Department - Until further notice, the Webster Groves Police Department’s main lobby is closed. For non-emergency assistance or help from the Records Unit, please contact (314) 645-3000, or press the call button on the Department’s call box at the east entrance to the Police Department at City Hall.
For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
- Press Release - March 18, 2020 Press Release from City
- Public Interactions – Persons conducting business with the City should attempt to do so by phone 314-963-5300 or e-mail. A list of department e-mails can be found at webstergroves.org/directory. Appointments can be scheduled for any business that cannot be conducted over these means.
- Recreation Complex - Closed until further notice.
- Recreation Programs - Canceled until further notice.
- St. Louis County Stay at Home Order - On March 21, County Executive Sam Page issued a Stay at Home Order for the County, to begin at 12:01 a.m. on March 23 to limit activities, non-essential business, and non-essential activities. Stay at home FAQ
- Waste Management - Residential call centers are closed. Bulky item collection, including scheduled events or call-in service for bulky items, such as large items outside the cart, is suspended until further notice. Visit their Alert Center for more information and to sign up for notifications.
- Economic Assistance - A list of resources for businesses and residents of Webster Groves in need of economic assistance.
- Public Library - The Webster Groves Public Library is closed through the current end date of April 22. Check them out on Hoopla, Kanopy, Overdrive, and other online services to download books, movies, music, and more.
- Restaurants - St. Louis area restaurants have moved to carry-out, curbside pickup, drive-through, or delivery only. Visit them online to place an order.
- Retail Businesses - Many businesses have altered their hours or moved to pickup/delivery only. Contact in advance for the most current information.
- Schools - The WGSD schools as well as all schools in the Archdioscese of St. Louis are currently closed through April 22. Webster University has extended online instruction through the end of the spring semester.
- Senior Living Facilities - Most senior living facilities are closed to visitors. Contact in advance to check policies.