Frequently Asked Questions
Update Nov. 9: City Hall is currently closed to in-person visitors. Contact staff by phone or email during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm.
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General questions and frequently searched items are provided here with appropriate links to answers on the City of Crete website or outside resources.
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- Crete City Hall, 243 East 13th Street, 402.826.4312
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City Council and City Clerk:
City Council, voting locations, agenda items, sidewalk cafe permits, door-to-door sales, liquor licenses, handicap permits, vehicle titles, driver's licenses
Q: Who are my city council representatives? Where do I vote for elections?
A: The City of Crete is divided into three wards for council representation and voting purposes. View map. Each ward has a polling place for voting. You can also contact the Saline County Election Commissioner at 402-821-2374 for voter registration and absentee ballots. Nebraska Secretary of State also has online voter registration
Q: How do I comment at a city council meeting or request an agenda item?
A: View the Public Comment and Agenda Item Request article for more information on city council meetings.
Q: How to I get a Sidewalk Cafe permit for my downtown business?
A: Sidewalk Cafés cannot be constructed or operated until all permits are issued, not just applied for. See the Business Registration section for more information on this process.
Q: What do I have to do to sell products door to door?
A: The City of Crete requires a permit to sell products door to door in residential areas. You can apply for the permit at the City Clerk's office at City Hall during regular business hours. You will need a Nebraska Department of Revenue Sales Tax Number and personal identification to apply for the permit. Click here for the City Code regarding this permit.
Q: Who do I contact about providing alcohol for a special event?
A: Any establishment that has a State of Nebraska Liquor License can apply to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to cater an event. Non-profit organizations are also able to apply to the Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to serve alcohol at an event.
Q: Where do I register my vehicle and obtain a driver's license?
Q: Who do I contact about a Handicap Parking Permit?
A: Your Physician is able to make the application to the State of Nebraska for your permit online.
City utilities, services & programs:
Utility services and concerns, library cards, recreation programs, veteran recognition bricks, animal licenses, prohibited animals, trash and recycling routes, leaves and branches, energy efficiency programs
Q: How do I open an account for city electric, water, sewer, and trash/recycling services?
A: A Utility Service Application must be filed in person with the Public Works Utility Office to set up a utility account. Current utility customers who change residences in town or move out of Crete must update or terminate their service account at the Utility Office.
Q: What do I do if I have no electric service or other utility issues?
A: Electric: Check all breakers or fuses in the home, if the problem is not solved, call Public Works Office, 402.826.4312. If residents have any ongoing or immediate utilities issues or concerns (electric, water, sewer, trash or recycling, street conditions) they should call the Public Works Office. If situations occur after regular business hours, calls to this number will be answered by dispatchers who will notify the proper on-call city personnel. This is the most direct and efficient way to contact the city regarding these issues.
Q: How do I get a Crete Public Library card?
A: Visit the library (1515 Forest Ave.) or apply online. Find out the necessary information you need.
Q: How do I sign my child up for youth recreation programs online?
A: Crete Parks and Recreation utilizes RecDesk for program registration and information. Forms are also available at City Hall.
Q: How do I order a veteran recognition brick for the monument in City Park?
A: Forms are available at the City Hall Utility Office or see the Parks and Recreation Department - Veterans Monument page, for a link to the order form.
Q: What types of animals are allowed within city limits? What are city requirements for licensing a pet?
A: The Crete Police Department is located at 1945 Forest Ave. and is the place to license your dog or cat. View animal licensing requirements, permitted animals, and animal control.
Q: When is the garbage or recycling picked up on my street and what items can I recycle?
A: Garbage collection is on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on your address; recycling collection is on Monday or Thursday depending on address. (View information, routes and accepted recyclable items.).
Q: Where can I take branches and other yard waste? Where can I take old appliances or scrap metal?
A: The City of Crete Transfer Station is 1/2 mile north of Highway 33 on Boswell Ave. with hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. (view hours)
Q: Does the City practice mosquito control?
A: Mosquito spraying is done by the Street Department towards dusk Mondays and Thursdays unless it is raining or wind exceeds 10 mph. Tuxedo Park is treated with spray on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to avoid activities in the park.
Q: Where can I find information on local energy efficiency programs?
A: Currently, the City of Crete in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, is continuing to provide four energy efficiency programs to assist in lowering energy costs for local utility customers through energy efficiency improvements.
Building and Zoning, business development:
Building permits, zoning map, economic development programs, business registration
Q: Where do I find building permits and for what types of projects do I need a permit?
A: The Municipal Building Inspector handles all building permits and zoning regulation inquiries. Permits are available online.
Q: How do I find out about economic development programs like LB 840 and Tax Increment Financing?
A: The Community and Economic Development Office at City Hall, 243 East 13th Street, handles these programs.
Q: I want to start a business in Crete, what do I need to do?
A: The City of Crete has a business registration policy through the City Clerk's office, see more information. Contact should also be made with the Nebraska Department of Revenue at 402-471-2971 to apply for a Nebraska Sales Tax Number. You should also contact the City of Crete Building Inspector's Office at 402-826-4312 to be sure you comply with zoning regulations.