- Departments H-Z
- Planning & Public Works
- Development Center
- Walk-ins are welcome during business hours
- Bring required documents and your patience
We also have a drop box for appeals, legal documents, financial guarantees or any other printed documents.
Pierce County Code requires all applicants to confirm they have permission from the property owner to apply for permits.
All applicants must complete and sign the Applicant Attestation.
If the applicant is NOT the property owner, they must have the property owner sign either the Property Owner Consent form or the relevant application (Master, Residential Building, etc.)
Both completed forms should be uploaded with the rest of the required application submittal documents. If there are multiple applications, this information only needs to be submitted once per project.
For large projects with multiple applicants, property owners may authorize a list of agents in a letter. Please contact us to learn more.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Pierce County Annex East Entrance
2401 S 35th St
Tacoma, WA 98409
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Natural environment (open space, shoreline, moratoriums)
Possible site constraints (wetlands, hazard areas, flood zones)
Applicant Attestation form must be included with your submittal.
Visiting the Development Center
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 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:
- Choose staff from different areas of expertise as you need, and
- Decide if you would like that staff person to make a site visit, or write you a letter.
The length of your meeting and associated fees will depend on the complexity of the project and the number of staff you'll need to see.
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. This reference sheet lists applicable codes for the different fee types.
Types of Fees
PPW News and Updates
Expedited permit process for sewer cappings now available
Posted on March 13, 2023
Expedited permit process for emergency sewer repairs now available
Posted on February 3, 2023
FEMA offering free Base Flood Elevations training in 2023
Posted on January 3, 2023
Reflecting on 2022 and Looking Ahead to 2023
Posted on December 29, 2022
Annual fee changes coming in 2023
Posted on December 28, 2022
Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2023
Posted on December 21, 2022
New online permitting system feature makes it easier to identify needed inspections
Posted on November 29, 2022
Road closures to begin Oct. 24 to install major sewer line in Spanaway
Posted on October 19, 2022