The Development Center is Pierce County's central location for Building Permits, Land Use Actions, Site Development Permits, Environmental Reviews, Sewer Utility Permits and Fire Prevention Permits.
Development Center COVID-19 Impacts
On March 22, 2021, the State of Washington advanced to Phase 3 of the state’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan. We are actively planning for the eventual reopening of our lobby when it is safe to do so and will post updates here. You can also subscribe email updates below.
While our Development Center lobby is not open for walk-in services, our staff continues to provide permitting functions, application intake and review and some types of inspections.
Natural environment (open space, shoreline, moratoriums)
Possible site constraints (wetlands, hazard areas, flood zones)
Lobby service will resume at the start of Phase 3. Until then, please use our online services.
Save money and time on your deck, detached carport or similar detached structure project with our new Fast Track Permitting. This feature allows you to choose from pre-designed plans with no engineer or architect required. Simply use one of the fillable forms on our website to design to your specification, then submit with your building permit application. A completed form serves as your submitted plan. Please note that a site plan is still needed with your permit application.
Know who you need to see and how we can support you?
Use the Customer Meeting Menu to:
Fees will only be charged for the services you request.
Meeting fees will be credited toward your development application as long as you submit your permit application within 12 months of the meeting date.
A virtual inspection allows the inspector to remotely view the site using a webcam controlled by the inspectee.
To participate, you will need internet access and a portable video streaming device (like a smart phone).
Types of Virtual Inspections Allowed:
- Water and furnace replacements
- Footings and foundation additions
- Re-inspection and final inspections
To schedule a virtual inspection, call (253) 798-2769.
Learn About Fees
Construction permit fees which include fees for building, plumbing, mechanical, and similar construction related permits are issued by the Building Official.
Types of Fees
Building Code Updates
On February 1, 2021, the energy credit requirement changed based on the scope of your project. If you are new to the energy code, Washington State University provides a myriad of resources to help you get up to speed. Changes impact new construction and additions over 500 sq. feet. To determine your project energy credit requirement, please reference the 2018 Washington State Energy Code worksheet. Please note, the worksheet is required for Pierce County project submittal.
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