News Flash

Posted on: September 7, 2022

2023 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program accepting applications

The 2023 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County, is now accepting applications through Oct. 4, 2022.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 7, 2022

Permitting services limited, building inspections unavailable Sept. 28

Services related to permitting will be limited and building inspections will be unavailable Sept. 28 due to a staff training. 

  • The Development Center Lobby will be closed.  
  • Technical assistance via phone, email, and Live Chat will be limi...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 1, 2022

Automated phone line to check permit status, schedule inspections to be retired Oct. 4

An automated phone line that allows users to check the status of their permit application, schedule an inspection, and check the results of an inspection will no longer be available starting Oct. 4.  

Users of our Permit and Application Status Sys...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 1, 2022

Pierce County seeks public input on Comprehensive Plan update

Pierce County is updating the Comprehensive Plan and would like the public’s input on future growth in the county.

Planning and Public Works (PPW) staff will visit numerous sites and events throughout Pierce County in September to engage in discussions wit...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 19, 2022

Applications now open for C-PACER financing

Pierce County is now accepting applications for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy + Resiliency Program (C-PACER). The C-PACER program allows owners and developers of eligible properties in Pierce County to obtain long-term financing, at a lowe...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 29, 2022

Deadline extended for ARPA Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program

Pierce County has extended the deadline for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program. 

All applications are now due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. The new deadline does not impact the gr...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 6, 2022

Road closures to begin July 7 to install major sewer line in Parkland

Pierce County is installing a new sewer interceptor in Parkland near state Route 7/Pacific Avenue as part of the Parkland/Brookdale Interceptor project.

The new 72-inch diameter pipe will extend from the intersection of 131st Street East and A Street South...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 1, 2022

Applications open for Comprehensive Plan amendments

Applications for amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan will be accepted July 1 through August 1, 2022. The County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan every two years. Pierce County Council will review applications in...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Pierce County seeking public comments on updated Nisqually Watershed flood maps

In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pierce County is updating the flood insurance rate maps along the Nisqually River.The updated maps are available at PierceCoun...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 27, 2022

Expect reduced in-person service at Annex on June 27

Expect reduced in-person service following water leak

Customers visiting the Development Center Lobby may experience reduced service June 27 following a water leak at the Pierce County Annex building. Cleanup and repair work is underway. The reduced servic...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 15, 2022

Pierce County offices closed Monday, June 20

Pierce County offices will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.The Development Center lobby will be closed, and building inspections and plan reviews will not take place.Visit our website to apply for a permit and mo...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 8, 2022

Daytime closures of part of Swan Creek Park planned for mid-June

The northeast side of Swan Creek Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-16 and June 21-24 while Pierce County crews remove gravel from a sediment pond. 

The park’s parking lot near the Pioneer Way East and Waller Road East intersection ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Pierce County announces $10 million in ARPA sewer and water utility infrastructure grants

Pierce County has established a grant program to allocate a total of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) stimulus funding for sewer and water system infrastructure improvements.

To mitigate long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in o...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Section of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest to be resurfaced

Crews will resurface a section of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest starting May 31. The work is expected to be completed in late July.

The approximately 1-mile stretch runs from just north of Stone Drive Northwest to approximately 325 feet south of 36th Stree...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 18, 2022

144th Street East Sewer Extension project to start May 31

Pierce County will be installing new sewer pipes east of Canyon Road East between 144th Street East and 160th Street East. Construction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 31.

The new system will serve approximately 290 acres of Urban Growth Area that is...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Updated Website for Pierce County Code

Updated Website for Pierce County Code

The online resource for the Pierce County Code has a new look and a more user-friendly interface. Visit pierce.county.codes to search the County Code and Charter and bookmark or share frequently used...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 9, 2022

No building inspections on May 24

No building inspections on May 24

Building inspections will not take place on Tuesday, May 24 so that Pierce County Building Inspectors can attend a required training on post disaster rapid assessment of structures. Plan...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Pierce County seeking public comments on updated Nisqually Watershed flood maps

In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pierce County is updating the flood insurance rate maps along the Nisqually River.

These maps are used by FEMA to show where flood insurance is required a...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 29, 2022

Updates to Pierce County Road Standards Coming May 1

Updates to Pierce County’s road standards will take effect on May 1, 2022. The Pierce County Council adopted these updates to the Manual on Design Guidelines and Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction via ordinance in March.  

These chang...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Project along section of 136th Street East to begin May 2

A project to improve accessibility and sidewalk connectivity along 136th Street East from 94th Avenue East to 97th Avenue East will begin May 2. The work is expected to be complete in early July

The project area is in South Hill just west of Ballou Junior ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Proposed Updates to Pierce County’s Residential Use Code

Learn more about the proposed updates

How to provide comment Public comment on the proposed amendments a...

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Learn More Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 8, 2022

2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications Open July 1

2023 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle

Applications for amendments to Pierce County's Comprehensive Plan will be accepted from July 1 through August 1, 2022. 

Visit us online to view:

  • Information on the process
  • Instructions to request to be...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Proposed Updates the the Shoreline Master Program

Pierce County is considering a series of amendments that, if passed, would: 

  1. Restrict new pier and dock construction along portions of residential and conservancy shoreline
  2. Clarify permitting requirements for non-commercial aquaculture intended to ...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Community invited to weigh in on Key Peninsula intersection project

The community is invited to provide feedback on an upcoming Key Peninsula intersection project via an online open house through March 31.

Pierce County is analyzing alternatives to reconfigure the Key Peninsula Highway Northwest/Lackey Road North­west/Jack...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Community invited to apply for 2022 Watershed Small Grants

Pierce County is partnering with watershed councils, local nonprofits and agencies to fund a small grants program supporting community projects that improve habitat and water quality across the county.

The 2022 cycle will award up to $70,000 total to proje...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Improvements coming to 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East intersection

Work to improve safety and traffic operations at the 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East intersection will begin Jan. 27 and run through mid-summer 2023.

Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5819 for project updates.

Project featuresA nearly half-mile stretch...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Please Continue to Use Online Services

Please use our robust online services

We have extended our request that Development Center customers continue using online services until further notice. While our lobby will remain open, customers are encouraged to use one of the followi...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 14, 2022

Third Reminder: Fee Changes Coming February 1, 2022

2022 Fee Changes

This is your third reminder that annual fee adjustments will go into effect on February 1, 2022.  

Apply and pay fees by January 31, 2022 to avoid the increases. You will be vested for the 2021 fees at the time of payment,...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Emergency permit extensions available until 2023

In response to continued supply chain and labor issues, the County Council recently approved Ordinance 2022-3, which allows flexibility for time extensions on applications and permits.  

Time extension details  

  • Standard ...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Development Center Customers Encouraged to Use Online Services

Please use online services through Jan. 21

In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we are encouraging our customers to use online services through Jan. 21, 2022. Our lobby will remain open and staff will continue to provide ser...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 3, 2022

Second Notice: Annual Fee Changes Coming February 1, 2022

February 2022 Fee Changes 

This is your second reminder that annual fee adjustments will go into effect on February 1, 2022. Apply and pay fees by January 31, 2022 to avoid the increases.  
We anticipate...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 27, 2021

New electric vehicle charging requirements for single family homes

New electric vehicle charging requirements for single family homes

Effective January 1, 2022, all new single family homes must be electric vehicle ready. This means the appropriate electrical supply and a parking space with EV charging or a nearby outlet f...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Annual Fee Changes Coming in 2022

2022 Fee Changes

This is your early reminder that annual fee adjustments will go into effect in 2022. The good news is you can avoid the increases if you apply and pay fees before the effective dates.

We anticipate a rush of applications before the fee chan...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 2, 2021

Emergency Permit Extension Ordinance Expires on December 31, 2021

Emergency Permit Extension Ordinance Expires onDecember 31, 2021 

Six-month permit extensions are available until Dec. 31 under an emergency ordinance passed by the County Council in August (Ord. 2021-78). The ordinance ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 10, 2021

New septic-to-sewer conversion process

Septic-to-sewer conversions now require Health Dept. approval

Effective September 15, all sewer projects that involve a septic-to-sewer conversion require approval from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department before a sewer permit may be issued...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Two New Emergency Rules to Address Supply Chain Issues

The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) recently released two emergency rules to address supply chain issues. In response, Pierce County will not hold up final occupancy inspections for homes with only a partial installation of their heat pump s...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 27, 2021

SEPA Review Now Required for Some Projects

SEPA Review Now Required for Some Projects

After consultation with Ecology and legal counsel, we will no longer be interpreting section WAC 197-11-800(6)(d) to categorically exempt the following projects:

The following actions are not exempt and require SEP...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Public Comment Open on Proposed Amendments to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

We Want to Hear From You

A series of amendments to the County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) are being considered that, if passed, would:

  1. Restrict new pier and dock construction along portions of residential and conservancy shoreline
  2. Clarify permi...
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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 28, 2021

New application requirement coming Oct. 1

Permitted projects must be authorized by property owner

Beginning on Oct. 1, applicants must confirm that they have the legal authority to submit an application for a proposed project. An Applicant Attestation form will be included in the...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 3, 2021

Apply for a historic preservation grant

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2022 Preservation Grant Program through Sept. 28, 2021. These small yet meaningful grants support historic preservation and history-related project proposals...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 3, 2021

Zoning changes take effect Oct. 1 in four community plan areas

Zoning changes take effect Oct. 1 in four community plan areas

Pierce County adopted updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans and their implementing regulations in late 2020 (Ordinance 2020-102s&...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 18, 2021

Tips to Minimize Permit Application Review Delays

Minimize project delays during this busy time

We have implemented several measures including overtime, third-party review and adjusting work priorities to address the record number of applications received in 2021. 

You also play ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Pierce County launches new sewer customer portal

New Sewer Billing System

Pierce County launched a new online portal Aug. 17 that offers its sewer customers enhanced payment options. Designed for ease of use and improved security, the new system allows customers to pay their bills and request services with additional flexibilit...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Pierce County seeks public input on early environmental findings for River Crossing Bridge project

Early findings from an environmental review of a proposed new bridge across the Puyallup River into Fife are available for public review and comment through Friday, Sept. 24.

The bridge project – known as the River Crossing – is part of the Canyon Road Reg...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Plan Ahead: Current application review procedure and supply chain issues

We want our customers to be aware of current application review procedures and supply chain issues so that they can plan ahead.

We have received a record number of permit applications in 2021. To be as equitable as possible, we process applications in the ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Pierce County Auditor introduces online scheduling for recording services

Appointments for in-person recording services

The Auditor’s office has implemented a new appointment scheduling system. If you need to visit them for recording services, please make an appointment prior to your visit using online appointment sche...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Recording fees increase on July 25

Due to RCW revisions, new recording fees take effect on July 25. Fees are increasing for most documents, including plats, short plats, large lots and boundary line adjustments.See more information and view the full fact sheet on the Pier...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Development Center Lobby Reopening on July 1

Development Center Lobby Reopening on July 1

We are excited to reopen the Development Center lobby for in-person services on July 1, 2021. The lobby will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist customers. Online services are also stil...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Construction starting on the Upper Nisqually for Channel Migration Protection

Beginning in June, work will occur on an existing levee owned and maintained by Pierce County within the Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP) entrance area at state Route 706. Work is expected to be complete in October.

Shoulder Closure

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Construction starting on the Upper Nisqually for Channel Migration Protection

Beginning in June, work will occur on an existing levee owned and maintained by Pierce County within the Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP) entrance area at state Route 706. Work is expected to be complete in October.

Shoulder Closure

The levee access road ...

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All News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Wetland rehabilitation continues with junk removal along Canyon Road East

Work continues to help rehabilitate approximately 10 acres of wetland as part of Pierce County’s Canyon Road Regional Connection Project.  

In December 2020, Pierce County took ownership of a property along Canyon Road East and Pioneer Way East th...

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All News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Guardrail, retaining walls coming to section of 264th Street East

About 600 feet of guardrail will be installed on the outside edge of 264th Street East to increase safety. The work will start May 17 and is expected to be complete in late June.

The work area starts approximately 1,000 feet east of 158th Avenue East, betw...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Inspection Safety Reminder

Reminder about Job Site Safety Requirements We are here to support our industry partners who are crucial to Pierce County’s economic recovery and the health of our community. To ensure timely and reliable inspections, please ma...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Development Center Operations Update

Phase 3 UpdateOn 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 and look forward to welcoming c...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Introducing Fast Track Permitting for Covered Porches & 1 or 2 Car Garages

New Fast Track Permitting OptionsTo save you time and money on common projects, we have added covered porches and patios, as well as 1 and 2 car garages to our Fast Track Permitting options. These are in addition to the Fast Track Permitting for decks, de...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 22

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. 

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 22 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weed and brush control applicati...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 22

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. 

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 22 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weed and brush control applicati...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Wheeled all-terrain vehicles allowed on additional Pierce County roads starting Jan. 1

Wheeled all-terrain vehicles will be allowed on most public County roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less in the south and east sections of unincorporated Pierce County starting Jan. 1, 2021. 

Their use supports economic development...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2021

Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021.

The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. There was a...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Annual Fee Changes Coming February 1, 2021

February 2021 Fee Changes

This is your early reminder that annual fee adjustments will go into effect on February 1, 2021. The good news is that if you apply and pay fees by January 31, 2021, you can avoid the increases.

 We anticipate a rush of ap...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Reconstructed traffic signal system coming to Canyon Road East and 84th Street East

A reconstructed traffic signal system will be activated at the Canyon Road East and 84th Street East intersection around noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Activation work will start around 10 a.m. Motorists should expect delays. The activation is weather dependen...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Apply for a historic preservation grant

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2021 Preservation Grant Program through Jan. 8, 2021. These grants assist in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. The program’s goal is t...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Traffic signal system coming to Steele Street South and 102nd Street South intersection Nov. 19

A new traffic signal system will be activated at the Steele Street South and 102nd Street South intersection on Thursday, Nov. 19. The activation is weather dependent. 

The addition of the signal is expected to improve traffic operations and safet...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 26, 2020

New sewer pump station to be built at intersection of 28th Avenue East and 182nd Street East

A project to extend sewer service to a 370-acre area in central Pierce County near Spanaway and Frederickson will begin June 29. The work is expected to be complete by June 2021.

A new sewer pump station will be built near the intersection of 28th Avenue E...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 9, 2020

Inspections and Phase 2 Construction Requirements

Inspections and Phase 2 Construction Requirements

Pierce County’s transition to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington plan means that all construction projects can resume. We are committed to doing all we can to help get our economy moving and are...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 27, 2020

Community Plan Updates - Environmental review completed

Environmental review completed for proposed Community Plan Updates

For the past few years, updates to four of Pierce County’s Community Plans (Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill) have been in process. Community pla...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Policy and Guideline updates for the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program

Policy and Guideline updates for the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program

Pierce County’s Shoreline Master Program is the set of policies and regulations that implement the State Shoreline Management Act, which was adopted by voters in 1972 to ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Reminder: Draft Stormwater Manual Comments due by June 1

Reminder: Draft Stormwater Manual Comments due by June 1

Have you had a chance to review the draft changes to the Stormwater Manual? To protect water quality, the Manual establishes design and analysis criteria related to stormwater runoff for almost all t...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Drop off appeals and other documents at the Pierce County Annex

Drop off appeals and other documents at the Pierce County Annex

Although our lobby services are unavailable, we continue to adapt our business practices to keep your projects moving forward.You can drop off appeals, legal documents, financial guarantees or...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Scheduling Cut-off Time Extended for Building Inspections

Inspection scheduling cut-off time extended to midnight

Effective immediately, we have lifted the standard 11:00 a.m. scheduling cut-off for building inspections. You will now be able to schedule inspections until midnight and potentially get a ne...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Ordinances adopted related to development and permitting

County Council adopts two ordinances related to development and permitting

We hope you are doing well and have stayed healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the health of our friends and neighbors, but also the Pierce County economy. The Exec...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Updated guidance for commercial and residential construction inspections

Inspections limited to authorized construction types

Governor Inslee provided further clarification on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order specific to commercial and residential construction, including inspections.Construction is only authorized in these cir...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 26, 2020

PPW Document recording and drop-off available by appointment

A new facet to our Best Permitting Agency (BPA) effort is finding new and creative ways to serve our customers.We all are doing our part to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, but we are also working to ensure projects are still moving forward.

Although our lobby is ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Development Center lobby is closed, but permitting services continue

Development Center lobby is closed, but permitting services continue

In accordance with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order from Governor Inslee, our lobby is now closed. Our staff continues to provide permitting functions, including application int...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Development Center contact information

With the recent Stay Home order, we wanted to assure you we are continuing the essential work of keeping permits and inspections moving smoothly.If you are having difficulties with submitting your applications or any other parts of the permitting process ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Building and Code Enforcement Inspections Update

Building and Code Enforcement Inspections Update

We understand the recent news about COVID-19 has raised questions and concerns.Plan review and inspections are a priority for Pierce County, and we are committed to providing them in a timely manner. We are ...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Skip the trip—use our online services instead

Skip the trip—use our online services instead

We understand the recent news about COVID-19 has raised questions and concerns. The Pierce County Development Center follows guidance of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) in these type of...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Notice about delays in processing applications

Application processing delays

The Development Center is experiencing a significant backlog in processing of applications and resubmittals. The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel and improvement is on the way.We have recently hired fo...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Important Site Development Permit Date Occurring in 2020

Important Site Development Permit Date Occurring in 2020

Related to Title 17A—Site Development and Stormwater Drainage

All permits issued pursuant to the regulations contained in the 2012 or earlier version of the Stormwater Management and Site De...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Upcoming Fee Changes at the Development Center

Fee Changes Coming in 2020

With the new year right around the corner, here is a reminder of upcoming fee changes at the Development Center.

January Fee Changes

Apply by December 31, 2019 to avoid these fee increases:Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Fee...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 27, 2019

Update from PPW and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

This holiday season, we’re giving you the gift of improved customer service.

Staff at Planning and Public Works (PPW) and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department spent the last year working together to prepare for faster service times, more electr...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Critical Area Sign-Off Improvements

Faster Critical Area Sign-Off for Septic and Well Systems

If you are considering a septic system or well on property in Pierce County, you will need a critical area sign-off if there are wetland, flood hazard or landslide hazard indicator...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 18, 2019

October News - Community Plan Updates

October Update

Consultant for housing market study sought; Planning Commission study sessions continuePierce County is seeking a consultant to conduct a housing market study that provides a realistic estimate of additional housing growth related to a propo...

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Learn about proposed Spanaway Lake Management Plan at Nov. 9 open house

Spanaway residents, business owners and lake users are invited to a Nov. 9 open house to learn about recommendations being considered to improve water quality in Spanaway Lake. The public will have a chance to review recommendations that are being develo...Read on... Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 20, 2016

Road project along Crystal Mountain Boulevard East resumes May 23

Work on a road project along Crystal Mountain Boulevard East from State Route 410 to the Crystal Mountain Resort will resume May 23.

Utility crews will be onsite for about two weeks starting May 23 to relocate utility lines located near Mile Marker 6 ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 16, 2016

Traffic revisions coming to 62nd Ave. E. and 48th St. E. SW of River Road May 18

Pierce County will permanently close 62nd Avenue East at 52nd Street East on May 18, which will create a dead end on 62nd Avenue East.

In addition, the intersection of 62nd Avenue East and 48th Street East will become an all-way stop.

“These change...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 6, 2016

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates go into effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non-peak season rate of $18.35 to the peak season rate of $23.85, while passengers drivi...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry out of service until further notice

The Pierce County Ferry is expected to be out of service most of Feb. 29 following electrical issues on the M/V Steilacoom II.

The ferry lost steering controls on one engine as it departed Steilacoom at 5:45 a.m. for the first run of the day. The ferry...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry service expected to resume in early evening

Pierce County Ferry service is expected to resume in the early evening Feb. 29 once the M/V Christine Anderson is cleared to take over the remaining runs of the day.

Ferry service has been down since 5:45 a.m. Feb. 29 after the system’s other ferry, th...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 10, 2015

Repair work on the Anderson Island ferry landing starts Dec. 14

Repairs will be made to the Pierce County Ferry landing on Anderson Island outside of sailing hours the week of Dec. 14.

Crews will repair damaged apron hinges and brackets between 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 5:45 a.m. Dec. 15. The apron hinges and brack...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 7, 2015

Pierce County ferry fares to increase in 2016

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase across all rider categories except for youth starting Jan. 1, 2016.

The increase was recommended as part of the 2015 Waterborne Transportation Study, and included in the 2016 Pierce County Budget.

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Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 7, 2015

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

Pierce County is preparing now for winter weather on county roads.

On Oct. 12 and 13, Pierce County road crews will travel their snow plow routes, set up and recalibrate equipment, and review the county’s Snow and Ice Response Plan in anticipation of w...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 17, 2015

Non-peak season Pierce County Ferry fare rates go into effect Oct. 1

Non-peak season fare rates start Oct. 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $22.30 to the non-peak season rate of $17.80, while passengers...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: September 11, 2015

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway to be closed during pavement work

Temporary closures of Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 while crews seal pavement cracks and replace signage and markings.

The runway will be closed overnight from 7 a.m. Sept. 14 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 25, 2015

Pioneer Way entrance to Swan Creek Park closed Sept. 9-18

The Swan Creek Park entrance at Pioneer Way and the park area on the southeast side of Swan Creek will be closed weekdays Sept. 9-18 while crews dredge a sediment pond.

The Pioneer Way entrance and all park property on the southeast side of Swan Creek wi...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Labor Day weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or f...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 22, 2015

Pierce County wins state and national award for its Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility

Pierce County recently won Project of the Year—Structures $25 million to $75 million at both the Washington State Chapter and the National level of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for its new Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility.

The Sou...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 20, 2015

Foothills Trail between Orting and Crocker trailheads to close for levee maintenance

The Foothills Trail between the Orting and Crocker trailheads will be closed up to two weeks in late July and early August. If the trail can re-open safely, it may re-open after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Check the project website for daily updates at www.pi...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: July 6, 2015

$35.5M for flood risk reduction, habitat projects

Last week state legislators awarded $35.5 million dollars to the Floodplains by Design grant program in the capital budget paving the way for seven multiple benefit projects across the state to move forward.

Floodplains by Design, administered by the ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Community invited to June 24 open house on planned Point Fosdick Drive Northwest roundabout

The community is invited to learn about a planned roundabout at the intersection of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, Stone Drive Northwest, and 34th Avenue Northwest at an open house from 4-7 p.m. June 24 at the Goodman Middle School Commons, 3701 38th Ave....Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 9, 2015

Learn about Tacoma Narrows Airport’s draft water system plan June 23

Pierce County’s draft plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport’s water system will be presented at a June 23 public meeting at the airport.

The draft plan covers how the county manages and operates the water system, and describes system needs in the next 20 yea...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: June 3, 2015

Draft recommendations for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented June 11

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about draft recommendations developed during the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a June 11 public meeting on Anderson Island.
The draft recommendations include short-term and long-term str...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 5, 2015

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

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Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month.

“In Pierce County, we have many scenic vistas of mountains ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: May 1, 2015

Puget SoundCorps to help restore habitat of wetland preserve

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasive plants and remove trash from Pierce County’s Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland May 4 through 29. Getting rid of these invasive plants and trash will improve the he...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 24, 2015

Free classes teach residents how to compost food and yard waste at home

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Residents can learn how to compost at home by attending Pierce County’s free classes this spring.

The county will offer a food waste composting class and a yard waste composting class, along with a class that teaches both techniques in one session.

...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 15, 2015

Open houses on updated flood insurance rate maps planned

Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas, rivers and streams can view updated flood insurance rate maps at three open houses in April.

These maps are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 14, 2015

Pierce County establishes in-lieu fee program to balance development and wetland protection

Developers working in two Pierce County watersheds have a new option to offset unavoidable construction impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitat.

The county’s new in-lieu fee program provides developers in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed and a...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates take effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs through Sept. 30.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 9, 2015

Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 15 for inspection

The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 15 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists should use an alternative route ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: April 9, 2015

Pierce County moves code to the cloud, improves functionality and access for citizens

Now that the County has finished moving its online charter and code to Code Publishing, a Seattle-based Codification company, citizens and county staff will see and experience increased functionality provided through the new site. The overall responsibili...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 23, 2015

Section of 72nd Street East closed March 28-29 for vault installation

72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Avenue East will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 while crews install pipes under the road for a new stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from sto...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 20, 2015

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 30, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applicati...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: March 5, 2015

Lane restrictions for vault installation along 72nd Street East begin March 9

Motorists traveling along 72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Ave. East should expect minor delays on weekdays from March 9 to April 6 while crews install a stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from stormwater runoff ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: February 27, 2015

Look below the surface at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14

Learn what lives beneath Puget Sound and find out how to protect it at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14 in Vaughn.

This free family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road KPN.

“Puget ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: February 19, 2015

14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 21, 2015

County to expand parking at Chambers Creek Regional Park's playground

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Pierce County will start construction Feb. 2 to more than double the number of parking spaces at the popular North Meadow area of Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place to help meet high demand.

A new parking area with approximately 50 spaces...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 20, 2015

Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table

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Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 16, 2015

Interim traffic signal system to be installed at 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East

Work to install an interim traffic signal system and street lighting at the 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East intersection in South Hill will begin Jan. 20. Currently, the intersection is configured as a four-way stop.

Work is expected to be comp...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 12, 2015

Pierce County receives $2.16 million for road safety projects

Pierce County will receive $2.16 million in federal highway safety improvement funds to fund five road safety projects.

Pierce County is among 46 agencies across Washington that will receive more than $48 million in federal highway safety improvement f...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: January 9, 2015

Study of Pierce County Ferry System underway

A study of the Pierce County Ferry System is currently underway to evaluate potential alternatives for the system, such as changes to the schedule and improvements to existing facilities.

During the Waterborne Transportation Study, Pierce County will a...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 22, 2014

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase Jan. 1, 2015

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

“This is the second part of a two-step increase needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallac...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 5, 2014

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management, water quality storm drainage plans...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: December 5, 2014

New traffic signal configuration goes live Dec. 5 at Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East

Motorists traveling through the intersection of Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East will notice a new traffic signal configuration starting Friday, Dec. 5.

The signal in the eastbound direction on 224th Street East now includes a flashing ye...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: November 26, 2014

Celebrate completion of 176th Street East corridor with Dec. 10 ribbon cutting

Government officials are inviting Pierce County residents to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 176th Street East corridor between B Street East and State Route 161 with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 10.

The ceremony kicks o...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 22, 2014

Learn how to be “WinterWise” at Oct. 25 event at McLendon Hardware in Puyallup

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 1...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 15, 2014

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

With wet fall weather returning and leaves falling, the potential for flooding along county roads increases. Pierce County residents can help reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves.

“While residents are raking leaves in their yards, th...Read on...

Planning & Public Works
Posted on: October 8, 2014

Celebrate the annual return of salmon in Puyallup on Oct. 11

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Celebrate the return of salmon to the Puyallup River Watershed at the Salmon Homecoming on Oct. 11. This family-friendly event features guided tours to watch migrating salmon in Clarks Creek, tours of the Puyallup Hatchery, science and art activities for ...Read on...

Planning & Public Works