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Application Process
The Development Center is Pierce County's centralized location to get information on and apply for Building Permits, Land Use Actions, Site Development Permits, Environmental Reviews, Sewer Utility Permits and Fire Prevention Permits.

Follow these steps to help ensure that your application process is successful.

Research the Parcel

Parcel Research Tools
  • General information like zoning, address, jurisdictions, prior permits, Etc...
  • Natural environment information like open space, shoreline and moratoriums.
  • Possible site constraints such as: wetlands, hazard areas and flood zones

Ask Us Your Questions
  • Online form to submit a question to the Development Center staff.
  • Use our Live Chat service, use the button in the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Call the Development Center at (253) 798-3739. Available between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, daily except Wednesdays when it is available between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, excluding Holidays.

Visit The Development Center Lobby

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Online Septic System As-Built Lookup
  • You'll need this information if your parcel is serviced by a septic system.

Gather Forms & Submittal Items

PALS Forms, Handouts, Submittal Checklists

Construction permit fees which include fees for building, plumbing, mechanical, and similar construction related permits issued by the Building Official, Impact Fees, Traffic Impact Fees, and land use & planning related fees, which include fees for variances, use permits, subdivision, site development, and similar application types. The Fire Prevention Bureau has fees for permits and annual safety inspections.

In October 2010 the County Council passed legislation allowing deferral of some impact fees and sewer connection charges. Learn more on the deferral webpage.

Pre-Development Meetings
The Predevelopment Conference is a voluntary process designed to identify, up front, critical items in a project which should be addressed at the conceptual stage in order to avoid or minimize technical problems during the review and processing of a permit application. The scope of a Predevelopment Conference is not to provide detailed review normally done after the application is filed nor to provide design work relative to the project, although enough guidance will be provided to facilitate understanding in all problem areas. If you are interested please contact the Development Center.

Pre-Filing Meeting
The Pre-filing meeting is available to applicants for projects requiring Land Use Review. The meeting will include a Land Use Planner and representatives from Development Engineering and Resource Management, as needed. The Pre-filing meeting will provide the applicant with all required application material, an understanding of the hearing or administrative review process, and a list of requirements for application submittal of a land use/plat.

Submit Your Application

Submit Online
  • Our website allows you to start the application process online.
  • PDF versions of your submittal materials is required.
  • You will be contacted with instructions on completing the process within a couple of days.

Submit In Person at the Development Center
  • Open between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday excluding Holidays.
  • Located in the Pierce County Public Services Building (Annex)
  • Appointments are required for commercial building permit applications, call (253) 798-3291 for more information or to schedule.
  • There are Drop-Off and Kiosk options in our lobby.

Tracking Your Application
Here are several ways you can track an application/permit.

Contact Us


Dennis Hanberg

Planning and Land Services
2401 S. 35th St. #2
Tacoma, WA 98409

Development Center Hours:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All Other Sections:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ph: (253) 798-7210
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