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Animal noise, especially barking dogs, is a common problem. Pierce County’s goal is to resolve the problem by encouraging neighbors to work together to find a reasonable solution.
Communicate With the Animal Owner
Talk to the animal owner about the problem. Sometimes owners are not aware of the problem, especially when they are not home. You may want to share some helpful tips from The Humane Society with your neighbor.
Make a Complaint
Complaints can be submitted by telephone, 253-798-PETS (7387) or by using the online form. This will allow Pierce County Animal Control to send a warning letter and regulations to the animal owner, making them fully aware of the problem.
Yes, you can visit one of our subagents:
Auburn Valley Humane Society
4910 A St. SE,
Bayside Animal Lodge253-851-917012615 134th Ave KPN,Gig Harbor
820 WA 161,
EZ Auto Title & Licensing253-875-773222225 Mountain Hwy E,Spanaway
Metro Animal Services
1200 39th ave SE,
McCallum License Agency253-841-024516126 Meridian E,Puyallup
Northwest Spay & Neuter Center253-627-77296401 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
Pet Ponderosa Resorts & Spas 253-847-77639211 204th St E,Graham
The Humane Society253-383-27332608 Center St, Tacoma
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All checks must be made payable to Pierce County and may be mailed with the property tax remittance stub to the address listed below. If the stub is not included please be sure to include the parcel number.
To pay your property taxes with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or by debit or E-Check, simply visit the Assessor-Treasurer’s online parcel search or call our automated telephone system at (253) 798-3333 and have your parcel number ready. Enter your parcel number and follow the instructions for credit card or E-Check payments.
Residential properties with 1-4 units: For charges in tax year 2023 and later, interest at 0.75% per month will be charged against the full year tax owing beginning May 1. You may still pay the first half payment plus interest up through October 31. For prior tax years, interest and penalty will be assessed according to the rules shown below.
All other properties: Beginning May 1, interest at 1% per month will be charged against the full year tax owing. In addition to the interest, on June 1, a 3% penalty will be charged against the full year tax owing and on December 1, another 8% penalty will be charged against the full year tax. Although interest continues to accrue as long as the tax remains delinquent, the penalty will not rise above a total of 11% (3% after June 1 and an additional 8% after December 1). (RCW 84.56.020) These interest and penalty amounts apply to both Real and Personal Property. You may still pay the first half payment plus interest and penalties up through October 31.
Exact amounts due may be obtained by calling the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office at (253) 798-6111.
The 2023 auction will be held online with Bid4Assets facilitating the auction. The auction will open at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 and close on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. A re-offer auction of properties will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023. Visit the Bid4Assets website for additional information including auction closing times.
Delinquent tax information is not reported to any credit bureau. Your name will appear in the foreclosure publication of delinquent taxes in the Legal Notices of the official county paper in mid-to-late summer.
When a manufactured/mobile home is purchased from the factory or dealership, three Homeowner Information Identification cards are completed. The site address of where the home is moving is listed on these cards. One card goes to the manufacturer, another card is kept by the dealership, and the third card is given to the purchaser. These cards identify the location of the original move.
The dealership, manufacturer, and the homeowner’s manual should have a copy of the Homeowner Information Identification card in order to confirm the original move.
The Assessor-Treasurer’s Office does not have this information. A move permit is not required when a new manufactured/mobile home is originally moved from the factory or dealership.
Example: 2005 Listing received in August (4 months late)2006 Tax Amount Due: $1,000.00Late File Penalty: 20%2006 Total Amount Due: $1,200.00
Remember, you / your juvenile must appear in court on the next scheduled court date whether or not there has been contact with an assigned attorney. Failure to appear may result in a bench warrant being issued for you or your juvenile’s arrest. Legal Information Network Exchange (LINX)
Our staff directory located on our home page provides the mailing address, phone number and email address for all of Assigned Counsel staff.
To find the contact information for your DAC assigned panel attorney, you can contact our main office at (253) 798-6062, and speak with our receptionist. Please have your cause number available. If you know the name of your attorney, you can also visit the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) website.
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There are three ways to register to vote:
To update your address or change your name visit VoteWA.
If you did not receive or need a replacement ballot, please call our office at 253-798-VOTE (8683).
An under vote is when a voter chooses not to vote on a specific race or issue. An over vote is when a voter votes for two or more candidates in a race or votes for both "yes" and "no" on an issue.
Returning your ballot is easy! No stamp is required if you are mailing your ballot or using a ballot drop box.
2019 Candidate Filing - File online 24/7 starting Monday, May 13 at 9:00 AM through Friday, May 17 at 4:00 PM. See the Candidate Filing page for more information.
Verify you are registered to vote in the district for which you are filing and read the 2019 Election Guide for Candidates. See the Candidate Filing page for more information.
A resolution may be emailed to the Elections Division at [email protected] however, an original signed or certified copy must also be submitted in person or mailed to Pierce County Elections, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409 by the applicable deadline. A Mandatory Resolution Cover Sheet is also required. An Explanatory Statement and a Committee Member Appointment Form must be emailed to [email protected] by the same applicable deadline.
Be sure to read the 2019 Election Guide for Jurisdictions for more detailed information.
See the 2019 Election Guide for Jurisdictions for Voters' Pamphlet Statement guidelines.
You need to purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You will need to work with each agency to identify name change requirements. All marriage license documents are signed with one's current legal name, never the intended new name. There is no legal requirement for a name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise. If you intend to change your name after marriage, check with each agency for its requirements to change your records. If an agency requires more than a certified copy of your marriage license, check with Pierce County District Court for details on a court-ordered name change. Washington state law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.
If you applied for your license in Pierce County you can purchase copies online, once your marriage certificate is returned. Certified copies are $3 each. Please follow our instructions to Order Marriage Records Online
You can check online. Click on “Search Marriage Index” to search under either party name. If status shows as returned, then your certificate has been returned. Or call our office at (253) 798-7435.
Yes, as long as the parent or legal custodian is present with the applicant and provides their consent and proof of age for the underage applicant. (drivers license and birth certificate)The parent or guardian must complete an
$72 cash, check, money order, or credit/debit (in person only).
Picture ID with birth date, both applicants must be present unless the application is notarized, and $72.00.
- Your officiant will return the signed marriage certificate to our office for recording.
- Mail your request for certified copies to the Auditor’s Office.
- You will take the certified copy of the marriage certificate to Social Security and your local driver’s license office for your name change.
You can print the application here and manually complete it. However, you MUST complete the online form too.
• The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
If I am an ordained minister do I need to register my certificate with Pierce County?
• Pierce County does not keep a registry of Ordained Ministers.
Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Marriage Certificate.
• The certificate must be filled out completely,• Pay special attention to the dates the certificate is valid,• That all parties, witnesses, and person solemnizing have signed the Marriage Certificate, • And that you have complied with all RCW’s.
If you have further questions refer to RCW 26.04
Yes. The validity dates on the marriage certificate are the dates that your marriage ceremony had to be performed between. It has nothing to do with your copy.
Click here to complete the Affidavit for Correction. This form can be used for minor spelling changes in name, date, place of birth or gender. Please see form for complete list.
Cash, check, money order, or credit/debit cards for agency and photo fee.
Refer to Pierce County Code of Ethics
Pierce Transit and Pierce County invested over $44M into the Single County Wide Communications System (SCWCS) infrastructure. In order to comply with the state law that prohibits gifting of public funds, the CCN Executive Board adopted a one-time activation fee to recover the initial investment.
No. Public safety/first responder customers will not be required to pay the activation fee.
Yes. As more customers come onto the network, the subscriber rate will decrease for all customers.
No. Only non-public safety agencies will be required to pay the activation fee.
New customers can negotiate the terms for this fee. Options include payment over time or payment in full at contract execution.
No, First Responders and Pierce Transit will always have priority on the system.
Determining the actual system capacity is a complex process as each customer’s operational requirements, talk groups, etc. are unique and have differing impacts on the available capacity of the SCWCS. The calculation was developed using a standard method averaging capacity usage at peak times.
Petitions for Domestic Violence orders may be obtained, and assistance in properly completing them, either electronically or on paper, in Room 110 of the County-City Building and at kiosks that are available at the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, 718 Court E, Tacoma, and at the YWCA of Pierce County, 405 Broadway, Tacoma.
There are also kiosks located throughout Pierce County. Domestic Violence Kiosk Locations
**COVID-19 has impacted lobby hours and services. Please call ahead, 253-798-7455, for up to date information on hours and services.**
The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is located in Room 110 of the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98402-2177. It is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except legal holidays).
Petitions for Domestic Violence orders may be obtained, and assistance in properly completing them, either electronically or on paper, in Room 110 of the County-City Building. There are also kiosks located throughout Pierce County. Domestic Violence Kiosk Locations
You need to report to Pretrial Services in person (930 Tacoma Ave S Room 108, Tacoma WA 98402) within 24 hours of your release from custody. If you were transferred to another jurisdiction after your release from Pierce County Jail, you need to report to Pretrial Services within 24 hours of your release from that jurisdiction.
If you do not report to court, a bench warrant will be likely be issued and bail jumping charges may be filed. Contact your Attorney of Record or Pretrial Services at 253-798-3781 immediately to make arrangements to address the warrant.
Contact Pretrial Services at 253-798-3781 as soon as you realize you missed your appointment and be sure to leave a message with telephone number where you may be reached. Failing to report to Pretrial Services as directed is a violation of your release conditions, and depending on the circumstances of your case, the court and legal parties may be notified regarding your failure to comply.
You can contact your Attorney of Record, Pretrial Services at 253-798-3781, or look up your Pierce County Superior Court case online through LINX.
If you have an attorney with Department of Assigned Counsel, you may locate their staff directory here.
You are likely trying to call the Pretrial Services text only number from where you receive automated reminders. To call Pretrial Services to complete a telephone check in, you need to call 253-798-3781.
Here are the instructions for petitioning the Court to restore your firearm rights. Instructions for Restoration of Firearm Rights
We believe that one of greatest causes of homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family and a healthy community. That’s why housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness should do more than just provide a roof and a bed. Our village will develop a community with supportive services and amenities to help address an individual’s relational needs, empower them to build relationships with others, and experience restoration within a broader community.
The per unit cost will be about half the cost of typical public housing and most of the revenue needed for the project will come from private donations, not taxpayers. For every homeless person lifted permanently off the streets, there is a significant savings in the costs of law enforcement and medic contacts and emergency room visits.
The Tacoma Rescue Mission will own and operate the village.
Yes, the entrance will be controlled. The village will be fenced, a surveillance system will be in place, proactive staff and volunteer residents will engage residents at the individual level, dedicated security staff will monitor the grounds 24/7, and the area outside the community will be monitored as well. The most effective means of ensuring a safe environment will be the pride residents take in their neighborhoods.
To live in the village, residents will be expected to pay rent, be a good neighbor, and obey the law.
Residents will have onsite a) mental health and addiction recovery treatment, b) job training and employment opportunities, c) case management, d) volunteers and staff living alongside residents in each neighborhood to engage formerly homeless residents and build community.
Yes, the project must comply with all applicable county, state, federal and environmental laws.
There is sufficient dry land (about 27 acres) on which to build the village. Over 58 acres will not be developed, including wetlands. We will comply with all federal, state and local land use and wetland regulations to protect the habitat for the wildlife in this area.
We recognize some may be concerned about property values because residents of the village will be formerly homeless. However, residents will choose to live at the village, be given many opportunities for personal transformation, and must comply with the law, pay rent and be good neighbors. With the strong focus on community, and staff engaging residents, we believe it will be as safe as Community First! Village in Austin, the model our village is following. According to the Austin CFV website: “Crime statistics for the three-mile area surrounding Community First! Village show a dramatic contrast to what we experience in our neighborhood.” https://mlf.org/faqs
The entrance will be controlled by a manned security gate, the village will be fenced, a monitored surveillance system will be in place, proactive staff and volunteer residents will engage residents at the individual level, dedicated security staff will monitor the grounds 24/7, and the area outside the grounds will be monitored as well.
Persons living on the streets of Spanaway will be prioritized for the first 50 microhomes, so in fact the village should make things better. We all should want individuals experiencing homelessness out of encampments and off the streets and living instead in the structured, accountable, and restorative environment of the village.
We have listened to the community and agree the village will be better served by sewer. We changed the proposal and the entire village will be connected to the nearby sewer line.
The village is near busy Pacific Ave and will be served by a shuttle van to take residents to services and to the nearby Pierce Transit bus stop and transit center a few minutes away. A behavioral health and primary care clinic for those insured by Medicaid is less than 5 minutes from the village, and shopping is less than 10 minutes from the village.
Potential resident applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis taking into account last known address, duration of time spent homeless, disability, veteran status, and criminal record. For those with a criminal background, the review team will consider multiple factors, including nature of crimes committed, rehabilitation efforts, engagement with therapeutic resources, etc. We are deeply committed to the safety and security of the community within and surrounding the village. The application review team will include a member with extensive law enforcement experience to advise the process.
The County’s residential density provisions allow the number of contemplated microhomes and will not violate zoning laws.
The first phase contemplates 150 formerly homeless residents, and 21 volunteer residents. The second phase will house approximately 100 formerly homeless and 7 volunteer residents. Volunteer residents are not formerly homeless individuals but those who agree to live alongside, engage, and help build community with formerly homeless residents.
The housing will not be free to residents. All are expected to pay rent and can work onsite to earn a dignified wage to help with the cost of rent.
The village will take several years to complete and likely a minimum of 6 years to reach full residential capacity. We plan by year six, 250 formerly homeless residents and 28 staff and volunteer residents to help build community. We will use approximately 27 of the 85 acres.
Please get in touch with us at https://www.piercecountywa.gov/village
Thank you! Please sign up and stay informed as the project moves forward. There will be volunteer, in-kind, and regular donation opportunities in the future. Additional information can be found at:
Last fall the County took a vote to set aside $22 million of American Rescue Plan Act dollars for its own community village in the 2022-2023 Biennial Budget. This allocation was to help cover the costs of land acquisition, infrastructure, and pre-design, and assumes substantial private and other funding for the construction of microhomes and other structures. The final proposal has been submitted to Council, which is expected to vote whether to release the $22 million in November 2022.
To build sufficient microhomes, operate onsite services and employment opportunities, and provide a secure and safe environment, we will need at least 20 acres. The K-Mart is approximately 11.7 acres and so cannot accommodate the necessary services.
Parking will be provided onsite for residents and staff based on existing county code parking requirements. A traffic study will be prepared in connection with the conditional use permitting process and the village will comply with any specific requirements imposed by the hearing examiner reviewing the permit.
We have met with JBLM representatives and they concluded, as do we, that the site is not within the McChord take off and landing flight areas, is outside of the airport clear zone, and does not produce levels of noise which might negatively impact residents. The residential area of the site is far removed from busy Spanaway Loop Rd and quiet and relaxing. Surrounded by woods, we believe the village will be therapeutic for residents and contribute to their restoration.
No that is not correct. The DNR some may be referring to was in connection with a proposed code change that would permit shared housing villages in areas zoned Residential Resource. The DNR does not pertain to the proposed PC Village project itself. When the project permit application is filed later this year, SEPA review will be triggered, which includes reports and studies regarding whether the project is DNR or an Environmental Impact Statement should be required.
Here is a more detailed explanation about SEPA and the proposed code change from the County’s Planning Department:
Overall, SEPA rules are defined by state law and Ecology’s administrative rules. Unless exempt, both non-project such as development regulation amendments and projects are required to conduct a SEPA review and issue a determination. The review of materials and determination is made by a Lead Agency and SEPA Responsible Official who are responsible for compliance with procedural requirements. It is common across the state that cities and counties are the lead agency within their jurisdiction and designate a responsible official for non-project and project types. Any modification to proposed actions are subject to additional SEPA review.
The code amendment to Shared Housing Villages is considered a non-project SEPA action. For project applications such as a Shared Housing Village at a particular site, at the time of application submittal project-level SEPA review and determination would be triggered.
For the code amendment that was before the Planning Commission, the County’s Responsible SEPA Official issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for the non-project action. This DNS was issued on December 6, 2022 and had an associated comment period. At the January 10, 2023 Planning Commission deliberation, they recommended modification to the proposal. This modification would trigger additional review by the SEPA Responsible Official. For more information on the code amendment, please visit this website:
For more information on the code amendment, please visit this website:
Residential Use Code Updates
There has been an increasing number of behavioral health crisis incidents occurring in central and southern Pierce County. The only crisis care facility in Pierce County is located in Fife. It is challenging for first responders from central and southern Pierce County due to the distance and time required to get to that facility. To provide easier access, the new crisis recovery center will be located near the junction of SR 7 & SR 512, at the request of first responders.
Yes. Recovery Innovations, a national leader in crisis care and operator of an identical facility in Fife, will operate the Parkland Crisis Recovery Center (CRC). Recovery Innovations has cared for 20,000 patients over 8-years in Pierce County, without a single incident of harm to the public.
We know that many homeless individuals suffer from mental illness and substance addictions. A new crisis care facility will help them and others get the care they need, which for many is the first step toward stable housing.
No, patients taken to the facility for crisis care stay an average of 48 hours and then are transported away from the facility and returned to their home, to another facility, or, in a few cases, to a shelter, if homeless. The longest stay is 14 days. We know that there has been an influx of people in need of mental health and drug addiction services in the Parkland/Spanaway area; the CRC will offer a needed service to get them the help they need but are not getting now.
48 hours is the average stay, but patients can stay up to 14 days. For those who need care longer than 14 days, they are assessed and sent to an inpatient hospital or evaluated for possible detention at an evaluation and treatment facility (4 in Pierce Co.).
There is a maximum of 16 patients at any one time and there will be a 1:3 staff-to patient ratio. At the Fife crisis care facility operated by Recovery Innovations, every shift has nursing staff, a mental health professional, a discharge coordinator(s), and peer staff.
All guests are triaged immediately for appropriateness for the facility. Individuals with violent behavior are diverted by law enforcement to another location. Guests present primarily with mental illness conditions, for example suicidal behaviors. If guests arrive under the influence of a chemical substance, and cannot be stabilized, they are sent to a more appropriate facility. The CRC is very different from Western State Hospital, which cares for long-term patients and those who may have violent histories
Staff are trained in verbal and physical deescalation. They have access to fast-acting sedatives. The center also has a room that is suitable for seclusion and restraints, but it is rarely used. Because a risk assessment is done upon arrival, the clinician quickly determines next steps, and turns away or transfers patients that may be a risk to others. The center cannot take patients who may traumatize other patients, or harm staff.
No, the CRC is not an ER, and does not take patients with acute medical conditions. First responders to the Fife facility do not EVER operate their lights and sirens when dropping off patients. Lights and sirens are only used in the rare event a guest has sudden medical emergency. Today, there are already police cars going in and out of the site as it is operated by the Dept. of Emergency Management to outfit law enforcement vehicles with electronics and radios.
All staff have keycards because it is a locked facility. Lost keycards, and keycards of terminated staff, are immediately deactivated.
Visitors ages 18 and above are permitted if a visit is in the guest’s best interests. Visitors are not allowed to bring food or drink. The center has strict rules as to items permitted in the center. Visiting hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. All visitors must sign the confidentially log when they enter, get a badge and sign out when leaving.
The structure will be more than 650 feet off of 112th St. E. and will not be visible from the road. A thick stand of trees and foliage (wetlands) serving as a buffer between 112th and the facility.
All occupancies in unincorporated Pierce County, other than 1 and 2 family dwellings, are considered commercial occupancies and are included in this program. Cities and towns conduct their own programs designed to meet the needs of their jurisdictions.
The Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau personnel conducting your inspection are professional, trained, career employees. They will identify themselves and have proper I.D. with them at the time of your inspection. They are employees of Pierce County, not your local fire district.
It’s the law. Washington State Law (RCW 19.27.110) adopted the International Fire Code, requiring local governments to enforce the Code within their jurisdictions. The Fire Code mandates periodic fire and life safety inspections of commercial type occupancies. This inspection is performed to prevent and/or limit the severity of fires. It is different from pre-incident planning surveys conducted by your local fire district, which are done to help them fight a fire should one occur.
The CIP was developed through cooperative efforts of the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, Pierce County Fire Commissioners’ Association, Pierce County Executive’s Office, Pierce County Risk Management Department, and the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau. Representatives of these groups met over the course of several years to develop a program that provides the best in fire prevention service with the least disruption to your business.
The frequency of inspection is determined by resource allocation and personnel availability. Currently, you can plan on being inspected approximately every 12 to 18 months. We will make every effort to conduct your inspection at a reasonable time; e.g., an inspection would not be scheduled for a restaurant during peak activity periods.
If deficiencies are noted during the inspection the Fire Prevention Bureau will schedule a reinspection, allowing you adequate time to correct problems. For minor deficiencies self-reinspection may be permitted, allowing you to conduct your own reinspection and mail in the results. The reinspection schedule for correcting deficiencies is as follows:
1st reinspection ....... 30 days *
2nd reinspection ....... 15 days *
3rd reinspection ....... **
* included in the inspection fee
** all reinspection's after the 2nd will be scheduled and an additional charge of $110 per inspection will be assessed.
This compliance schedule may be altered if an acceptable timetable for compliance is agreed to and documented. Deficiencies will be prioritized with respect to their degree of hazard with emphasis on those items that adversely affect life safety. However, only those items that require an extended period for correction, as determined by the Fire Marshal, will be considered for a time extension. All other corrections must be completed within the time schedule listed above. If voluntary compliance cannot be obtained, the case may be referred to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate action.
If you disagree with our interpretation of the International Fire Code on an enforcement issue, you have the right to appeal to our decision. Information on this process will be provided upon request.
State law provides for jurisdictions to charge sufficient fees to recover the cost of conducting fire inspections. Although we wish we did not have to charge a fee, the cost of operating the inspection program makes it necessary. Therefore, there is a fee charged to each business inspected. The fee for this inspection is based on the square footage of the occupancy being inspected. The minimum fee is $55.00. The fee increases incrementally based on the size of the occupancy. The initial fee includes up to two reinspections, if needed, to verify compliance. NOTE: An additional fee of $110.00 will be charged for each reinspection after the second reinspection, if needed.
You will receive an invoice in the mail from the Pierce County Finance Department. You may pay with a check to the Pierce County Finance Department and mail to 950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma, WA 98402. Debit/Credit cards are not accepted. For any additional information on invoices, please contact Cale Keim in our Finance Division at (253) 798-2213.
The International Fire Code requires “Fire Code Permits” for activities, processes, and materials deemed above average in hazard potential. Pierce County has two types of these permits: Renewable and Limited.
Our intent is to conduct this inspection with your cooperation to facilitate code enforcement. We emphasize voluntary compliance whenever possible.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with you in continuing to build a fire safe environment in Pierce County. The primary function of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to save lives and protect property from the devastation of fire. These inspections, with your cooperation, can significantly reduce the probability of fire occurring in your building. Further, a comprehensive fire inspection program can reduce fire and casualty insurance premiums by improving a fire district’s rating.
If this is your first time in court for a District Court case and you need an interpreter, please contact us through LiveChat or by phone at (253) 798-7487 to schedule. If you have already used interpreter services with our court before, an interpreter will automatically be scheduled for your next hearing.
To attend a District Court Virtual Hearing in Zoom, your case must already have a scheduled virtual hearing. If you need the passcode (password) and meeting ID, please contact the Court through Live Chat or call (253) 798-7487. For instructions on how to use zoom, please click here.
Pierce County District Court is located on the 2nd floor of the County-City Building (CCB) at 930 Tacoma Avenue South (Room 239), Tacoma WA 98402. District Court Probation is located on the 6th floor of the CCB, in front of the elevators. The District Court’s Community Resource Center (CRC) is located directly across the street from the CCB at 925 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma WA, 98402.
Pierce County-City Building (CCB)930 Tacoma Avenue S2nd Floor, Room 239Tacoma, WA 98402
Your probation officer can help you find where to attend court-ordered treatment or you can access a list of approved treatment agencies here: LIST OF TREATMENT AGENCIES | Pierce County. If you have any questions, please contact your probation officer at (253) 798-7487 or by email at [email protected].
Your first appointment with District Court Probation is scheduled for 1.5 hours. Most appointment after that are scheduled for 1 hour. If you have any question, please contact your probation officer at (253) 798-7487.
If you are taking a prescription medication, please bring your pharmacy printout (or your medication bottles) to your probation appointment. Your probation officer will let you know if there is anything else you should bring. If you have any questions, please contact your probation officer at (253) 798-7487.
Pierce County District Court Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a therapeutic criminal court for eligible veterans who are charged with misdemeanor offenses. The Veterans Treatment Court works with each veteran to identify his or her unique treatment needs, and through supervision and connection to services provides tools to veterans to achieve and sustain long term recovery. You can find more information by visiting our site here: Veterans-Treatment-Court-VTC
Eligibility criteria for Veterans Court includes the following: Any person who has served or is currently serving in the U.S. Military. Military member must have a substance use disorder, mental illness, and/or trauma and be amenable to treatment. Must have a Pierce County misdemeanor charge eligible under RCW 2.30.030.
You can find more information on our webpage: Treatment-Court-Criteria
For more information, check out our website: Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) | Pierce County
For more information, check out our website: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6046/Mental-Health-Court-MHC
Visit our website at: Therapeutic Courts | Pierce County
No. Businesses who have submitted their application or received funding for Round One are not eligible to re-apply.
Once approved you will have 90 days to complete the project. A one-time extension may be granted due to extenuating circumstances such as supply-chain difficulties or third-party delays in performing contracted work.
Once your project is approved, you will receive a link to submit your receipts for reimbursement.
Submit an application that will go under review. You may wish to hold off on making any purchases until your project is approved.
Any size project for any amount may be submitted for consideration, however, no more than 50% of the total eligible costs up to $20,000 can be reimbursed.
For example, if the total eligible costs equal $10,000, no more than $5,000 will be reimbursed. If the total eligible costs equal $40,000 or greater, no more than $20,000 will be reimbursed.
Yes, if your business meets the above application eligibility requirements.
No, this is not a requirement. However, you do need to describe how the project to be funded would help your business become more resilient in the event of another disaster.
Each department should construct teams to complete Equity Notes, with the goal of reflecting a multitude of life experiences.
Additionally, each department must identify at least one staff member responsible for submitting the Equity Note through the Electronic Data Sheet (EDS).
Beyond proposals for County Council, the Equity Note provides staff with a toolkit to integrate equity across work and decision-making within the county, including in policy development, analysis, and performance evaluation.
The Equity Note can be accessed through EDS and the Equity Note webpage. It can also be navigated directly with this link:www.piercecountywa.gov/equitynote
The form is dynamic, so the answers will inform which questions display next to the user. This customized format will make each experience filling out the Equity Note unique, so questions may appear that have not been in previous applications.
An Equity Note requirement has been added to the Data Sheet system in EDS. A check box is now available at the top right of the ‘General’ tab in EDS, which includes a direct link to the Equity Note Survey Form.
Once the Equity Note is complete, an email will be sent to the staff member who filled out the survey. Staff will then upload a copy to the ‘Documents’ tab in EDS check the box on the ‘General’ tab attesting to having uploaded the Equity Note to the proposal. Finance staff will be notified to review and approve the note before it progresses to additional approval steps.
The Equity Note is a series of questions that help Pierce County staff evaluate potential impacts on equity of proposals going before the County Council. These questions are grouped into six parts:
This section includes a brief description of the proposed action or policy, the desired outcome, and connections to other policies or services. It serves to provide decision-makers with a clear and concise description of the action or decision at hand while considering the information presented in the other portions of the Equity Note.
This section is only applicable if a proposal is a resolution appointing or re-appointing a person to a committee or board. It provides decision-makers with a clear and concise description of how the individual was identified and selected.
In this section, staff are prompted to describe how opportunities to further equity were identified in the development of the proposal using both quantitative and qualitative data.
In this section, staff consider residents impacted by the proposal. This section provides information about the scope and impact of the proposal, both geographically and by population characteristics.
In this section, staff identify how impact can be measured and monitored. Developing mechanisms for collecting this data and evaluating progress will help measure whether equity is being advanced.
Because the Equity Note is a flexible tool, designed to be useful across all County proposal development, there may be additional information that a Department feels is relevant to County Council when they consider the proposal and its impact on equity. This is an open-ended question that provides staff an opportunity to expound or reiterate upon impacts that the proposal may have on equity.
Information regarding bidding policies, procedures and vendor registration can be found on the
Contact Tom Heslin at 253-798-7220.
View RFPs and RFQs for all Pierce County departments on the Budget and Finance Purchasing Division page.
The building is located at 1501 Market Street in Tacoma. The property also includes the surface parking lot located at 1502 Market Street. Built in 1992, the 149,300-square-foot building features five stories, ample parking, easy access to public transit and walkable distance to downtown businesses and amenities. The prior owner was Regence BlueShield.
The 64-year-old County-City Building (CCB) has evolved through expansion and renovations to accommodate various uses over the years. It is now stretched to its maximum, even taking into consideration new virtual and hybrid programs added over the last two years because of the pandemic. Without major system and building renovations, making programmatic revisions to the building are becoming increasingly challenging while new building codes and standards require safer and more energy efficient construction.
A 2022 Justice Center and Space Planning Study analyzed the County’s 20-year growth and demand, recommending that Pierce County find a suitable building for administrative operations. This will allow programs and services not related to law and justice to leave the CCB. The CCB would then become a fully supported and centrally located Pierce County Justice Center.
Moving administrative departments to an operations-focused building would provide an opportunity to replace outdated systems, improve operational efficiencies and boost customer service in law and justice programs through organizational adjacencies and improvements. Many of the building’s systems have reached or exceeded their life spans. The value is added by phasing in operational improvements and upgrades in a way that ensures the CCB remains a viable Pierce County asset for decades to come.
Excluding closing and settlement costs, the County paid $27,271,000. The County commissioned an appraisal that valued the property at or above $27,300,000.
The County Council approved the sale of limited tax general obligation bonds to purchase the building and make improvements at this building and the County-City Building. The debt service for these new bonds will be covered by the retirement of two previous bond debts (Parkland Precinct and 2002 Jail).
The purchase of the building would allow for consolidation of County-leased spaces and maximize County-owned space utilization, a cost savings for taxpayers. The CCB would become a dedicated Justice Center for the growing needs of judicial operations for the County and the City of Tacoma. County administrative departments and Council would be relocated from many leased spaces to the purchased building.
We expect the following groups and departments to move into the building by early 2025:
The consolidation of County operations into this building will include moving out of other buildings that are currently leased. For example, the Department of Assigned Counsel will be able to move from its leased space on Market Street to the Justice Center campus (the CCB and properties the County owns on Tacoma Ave and Fawcett Ave).
The General Services Building proposal focused on combining all administrative functions, including those housed at the Annex, into one location. The financing for that project would have required either additional taxes or the reduction of services to pay for the debt service. More importantly, it did not address any justice-related activities.
The purchase of this building allows the County to free up space in the CCB for justice-related functions, without spending $80 million to $120 million on building a new facility. The building purchase would accelerate the remodels of three floors to further Justice Center services. Upon completion, the County would be able to consolidate some administrative services, while ending $1.9 million in annual lease payments in downtown Tacoma. All future operational expenses and bond debt can be covered by the retirement of leases and the retirement of two past bond issuances.
The justice activities in the CCB currently are at maximum capacity. There are several functions that currently cannot occur since there is no space. The Courts expand based on population and Pierce County is currently not meeting the needs for the courts.
Purchasing a building saves time, money, and starts the improvements to the Justice Center on an expedited timeline. The timing of purchasing a building corresponds with a downturn in property values and retirement of existing bond debt which can be reallocated to pay for this property and necessary improvements. Additionally, this action saves between $30 million and $70 million and five years if the County were to construct a new building. This option can be funded without a tax increase or a reduction of existing services.
Contact Tom Heslin at [email protected] or 253-798-7220.
The Real Property Division does NOT manage the collection of property tax debt or foreclosure due to property tax default. Tax foreclosure questions must be directed to the Assessor-Treasurers office, Foreclosure Department: (253) 798-7133.
In most cases Pierce County must attempt to sell tax title property at auction before it is available for direct negotiation. Any tax title parcels not sold at auction are retained by Pierce County and once authorized, are available for private sale for one year following the date of the auction.
Most tax title property inventory consists of small narrow strips of land (5 ft. to 20 ft.) which are mainly beneficial to adjacent land owners. Some properties contain environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands or steep slopes. Potential buyers should understand that some properties may also have assessments and fees that need to be paid in addition to the tax foreclosure cost.
Contact Jeff Engelhart at (253) 798-7553.
You may look them up online at the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer website or call the Assessor-Treasurer at (253) 798-6111.
You may look them up online at the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer website or call the Assessor-Treasurer at (253) 798-6111.
Pierce County Annex 2401 S 35th St Room 142 Tacoma, WA 98409 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mail to: Pierce County Finance Department PO Box 11621 Tacoma, WA 98411-6621
Yes, you can use a credit card, Visa Debit or an electronic check (E-Check) to pay taxes on parcels not subject to foreclosure. Payments of this type are done via a special online option or phone option.
To pay your property taxes with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Visa Debit, or by E-Check, simply log onto the Assessor-Treasurer's website or call (253) 798-3333 and have your parcel number ready. Enter your parcel number and follow the instructions for credit card Visa Debit or E-Check payments.
Contact the following Human Resources staff member: EEO/ADA Officer at 253-798-7480 or [email protected]
Total compensation includes both the cash and benefits employees receive in exchange for their work. Examples of cash compensation include base salary, cost of living adjustments, overtime pay, lump sum payouts, vacation and holiday pay, sick leave cash-outs, and other cash incentives that may be available. Examples of benefits include the cost of medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage for employees and their dependents, commute incentives, deferred compensation and defined retirement benefits plans, life insurance, long and short-term disability, training and education benefits.
The County’s compensation and classification plan has not been evaluated since 2002. It is a best practice for organizations to routinely validate and assess their classification and compensation programs. Appropriate compensation and classification alignment enhances employee engagement and satisfaction, and helps to attract and retain a diverse, highly qualified workforce. Conducting this study may also address other challenges the County sometimes experiences such as overlap, pay inversion and compression.
Benchmarking is the process we will use to compare our jobs with other employers’ jobs based on similar responsibilities, to identify the market rate.
No. Establishing benchmark jobs is an industry practice when conducting compensation surveys. HR, in partnership with Segal Waters, will choose the most populated and representative County jobs to survey, that are also similar to jobs commonly found in the public and private sectors. Although not every County job is included, the survey will include a sufficient number of benchmark jobs to be representative of the County’s classification plan.
The county will use a combination of public and private sector data. The County, in consultation with Segal Waters Consulting, has selected the following peer public employers for the custom survey portion of the study. Factors used to select the following organizations for survey purposes include the following:
To adjust for geographic difference in the cost-of-labor between the Pierce County and peer employer locations, Segal uses the cost-of-labor differentials report by the Economic Research Institute (ERI) for each peer location.
It is important to note that the cost-of-labor differentials do not necessarily reflect cost-of-living differences. Cost-of-living differences (which reflect the supply and demand for goods and services) are not necessarily a good predictor of salary levels. In other words, while the cost of housing (or other goods and services) in Tacoma, WA may differ from the cost of housing in another peer employer’s location by a certain percentage, the prevailing salaries may not differ by the same percentage. For adjusting salaries in a market study such as this one, the cost-of-labor differentials provide a more accurate method of determining whether employers are paying a competitive wage appropriate to a given geographic area.
“Cost of living” refers to the costs to a consumer in a specific geographic area. It reflects the price of food, housing, groceries, transportation, taxes and entertainment. Simply put, it’s the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living.
“Cost of labor” refers to the difference in pay or labor market for a job from one location to another. Another way to phrase this is that the cost of labor is what a particular geographic market offers as the “going rate” or compensation for its jobs.
Changes to classification and pay ranges are possible, though no reduction in individual pay will be recommended by Segal. Changes as a result of the study are subject to collective bargaining, the Career Service Administrative Guidelines, Executive and Council.
A goal of this study is to evaluate the County’s current benefits programs with other public employers to assess our competitiveness in the market. While it is possible that changes may occur, changes with a fiscal impact are contingent on budget, collective bargaining, and Council adoption of the recommended changes.
No, this study evaluates the County’s entire compensation program using objective market data and comparable jobs, which will allow the County to implement a pay program that is sustainable, competitive, and equitable. Any changes recommended that impact represented positions must be bargained with the appropriate union(s) prior to implementation.
All County jobs, which do not have their salary set by State law or charter language, shall be part of a comprehensive classification and compensation plan. All positions in the County, excluding elected officials, positions covered by law and the council, are part of a comprehensive classification and compensation plan set by County Code. We wish to do a comprehensive analysis of the County’s program in totality. Any changes to be implemented will be bargained with those positions that are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
The last study was conducted in 2002, but nothing was implemented. The last comprehensive study of the County’s pay and classification plan was conducted in 1980. It is a best practice for organizations to routinely conduct these studies in order to ensure that pay practices and strategies stay competitive, sustainable and align with the organization’s needs.
No. Pay for elected officials is set by the Salary Commission for Elected Officials, which is independent and established by County Code 2.100. However, the positions of staff who support elected officials will be subject to review.
We currently have over 450 job classes.
The Human Resources department utilizes a holistic approach to evaluating positions based on the general job duties, taking into consideration such factors as complexity of the work, knowledge, skills and abilities required; internal and external job comparisons based on similar duties and market data.
Changes to the classification pay plan are made at the recommendation of the Human Resources Director with the written approval of the Executive within budgeted funds, excluding elected officials, employees of the Council and positions set by law. The annual budget is approved by Council.
We will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the coming days. The county has budgeted $200,000 in 2018.
Managers will be a critical partner working with the HR team to ensure that position description questionnaires (PDQs) are completed by staff in order for current positions to be properly benchmarked and classified. The time needed will depend on the number of employees you supervise and the accuracy of the current job descriptions or classification specs. Human Resources will assist you in this process.
It is important that we understand where we are in comparison to the market and evaluate whether our current classification and compensation plans are meeting our needs. This work must be done in order for the County to assess and implement any options that are available. Throughout this process, we are committed to transparency and continuous communication.
All job titles are included in the study except for elected officials, judges & commissioners, Deputy Sheriff Officers, Deputy Corrections Officer, Lieutenants and Sergeants and any extra-hires, temporary employees or interns. If you have any questions on whether your job is included, please contact the HR Analyst assigned to your department.
Yes, if they fall into a covered job title in the study.
Community Action Agencies (CAA), created through Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, serve nearly every community throughout the United States. Over 1,000 agencies provide the opportunity to live in decency and dignity. To determine which services each CAA should be providing in their community, the Community Services Block Grant Act, under Section 676(b)(11) requires the CAA to conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) every three years.
The purpose of the CNA is to:
We ask these questions to make sure we hear from diverse stakeholders and better understand the unique differences in experience.
No. All questions in this survey are voluntary and anonymous.
This survey should take about 15- 30 minutes. We understand that this is a relatively long time for a survey. We are offering a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card to those who complete the survey and enter their name or phone number at the end. Your contact information will not be linked with your survey responses in any way.
The survey will run from mid-October-November 2023. Once we have a confirmed end date, it will be available on the website at www.piercecountywa.gov/CNA.
For us to better serve the residents of Tacoma and Pierce County, we need to critically evaluate ourselves, while understanding the assets of the community and their needs. For the 2023 CNA, we're approaching this work with strategies to engage community voices, especially those who are often left out of the process, by partnering with the Metropolitan Development Council (MDC).
With over 9000 long-term care beds in Pierce County there are so many residents, both seniors and individuals with disabilities, that call these facilities home. Even when family lives close and is very attentive and available it is invaluable to have a trained, resident-directed advocate available for questions, resources, assistance, or partnership. The reward of being a voice for long-term care residents is purposeful and life-giving. If you have ever asked yourself, "where can I help", advocacy for long-term care residents is one place to consider.
Our volunteers have described this opportunity as being a unique way to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Below are quotes directly from our ombudsman volunteers:
“I love empowering residents to be their own advocate.”
“To spend time with someone who may have few if any visitors feels really good.”
“The residents are so grateful for ombudsmen, it’s a win-win relationship.”
“On days when it’s really hard to be an ombudsman, because, I will not lie, sometimes we see or are involved with very difficult situations, the kindness, knowledge and support of my volunteers lifts me up.”
To be an ombudsman in WA state requires getting certified. There is an extensive 36-hour certification training that involves both “classroom” time and time shadowing staff and volunteers in long-term care facilities. Additionally, monthly volunteer meetings are held that include continuing education, group problem-solving, encouragement, and coaching. Learn more about volunteering here: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/1302/Long-Term-Care-Ombudsman
The first is the ability to get to know new people. Consequently, it’s vital to enjoy meeting people, and all kinds of people, from different backgrounds, cultures and with different experiences than yours. Bring to this role open-mindedness, nonjudgement, and compassion. The other hat most often worn by ombudsmen is problem-solver. Helpful skills include resourcefulness, initiative, diplomacy, trust-building, follow-through, and listening. Also important is documentation skills; there are program reporting requirements and forms to complete.
The ombudsman program started in 1972 as a demonstration program in five skilled nursing facilities focusing on complaint resolution. In 1978, amendments to the Older Americans Act required all states to establish an ombudsman program. Duties were expanded to assisted living facilities in 1981. In 2015, Final Regulations for the long-term care ombudsman program were published in the Federal Register and in 2016 the Older Americans Act was reauthorized.
Pierce County has at least 32 skilled nursing facilities, 69 assisted living facilities and 640 adult family homes. Volunteers have a choice of the type of facility in which they serve and the number. Many volunteers enjoy a mix of assigned facilities. Additionally, there is continual assessment to ensure volunteers have the number and type of facility(s) best suited for them.
There is a four hour per week time commitment required to stay certified as an ombudsman. The beauty of this time commitment is it is totally flexible and can be arranged around your schedule. When you are traveling or busy with prior commitments, other volunteers or staff will serve your facilities as needed.
Yes! Care and compassion for the elderly and/or disabled are two of the most important traits of an ombudsman. Through thorough and ongoing training and support, you will learn the skills and resources most used as an ombudsman. After training, you will understand the steps and tools to becoming an effective ombudsman and will be on your way towards making a significant positive difference in the lives of long-term care residents.
The first step in becoming a volunteer ombudsman is to complete the volunteer application. To request a hard copy be mailed to you, call 253-798-2710 or mail us at Pierce County Long Term Care Ombudsman, 3602 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98418.
Once a volunteer application is received, staff will contact you to schedule a phone, in-person or virtual interview. Volunteers must pass a required background check.
Performance measures are metrics used by Pierce County to determine the effectiveness and productivity of a contracted provider of homeless services. Performance measures are aligned with services provided, meaning they can vary depending on the provider.
A performance target is the expected performance of a contracted provider of homeless services on a given performance measure. Like performance measures, targets may vary dependent on the services provided.
Most of these measured are mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
These measures are used to analyze renewal information in the NOFA process. For Continuum of Care (CoC) projects, measures help determine priority and tank in the overall NOFA process that Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) puts out annually.
The issue of homelessness has become a significant topic of interest over the last few years for elected leaders, community advocates and various stakeholders. Outcomes and other data related to our homeless funding, services and interventions are of particular importance to the community. Provider scorecards, along with other homeless crisis response system data, are a critical tool for monitoring performance and measuring results.
No, but there are many dashboards that allow for better transparency and data around programs and budget. Pierce County Planning and Public Works hosts “Open Project,” an interactive dashboard providing comprehensive information detailing the budget, spending and schedule information for the County’s capital projects. Other examples include Open Pierce County, Open Budget, and Open Checkbook.
Selecting the circled ‘i’ on a measure will provide you with more information about the data.
Gray means that measure is not applicable, or no records have been provided for that measure.
More information on the data, including acronyms and definitions can be found by scrolling to page 2 of the provider scorecard.
Yes, a downloadable version will be available through Open Pierce County when the scorecards are live.
This data is pulled directly from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which collects, stores and aggregates data from most homeless service providers in Pierce County.
The data is updated monthly. During each update, an additional month of data will be posted and any updates submitted to HMIS by homeless service providers for prior months will be corrected.
Yes, you can see targets by selecting the circled ‘i’ in the upper right corner of each measure. Measures are color-coded to indicate if they are on track (green), progressing toward the goal (yellow), or off track (red). Gray means that measure is not applicable, or no records have been provided for that measure.
'Not applicable' means that measure is not applicable for that project type as performance measures vary for each one. 'No records' means that provider didn’t have any records for that measure.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, rental assistance is available. If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help with rent, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp
• Pierce County Birth To Three, 253-798-3790 or e-mail [email protected]• Local school district’s Child Find Program• Child’s primary care provider• The Help Me Grow-WA program website. ParentHelp123
Applicants may go online to www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp to complete the application for rental assistance and utility assistance. For households who do not have internet access, please call 211 and complete the application over the phone. or schedule time with a provider to be assisted in person. Documentation must be uploaded to be considered fully submitted.
If you received assistance in 2020, households may apply for assistance. If you received assistance in 2021, households will need to log in and recertify. There is no guarantee of additional assistance and new households are prioritized.
Tenants can apply using our online application found at www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp. After submission, tenant applications will be prioritized based on information provided and referred to a provider. After the providers receive the referral, they will make initial contact with you and provide next steps. The service provider may contact you for additional documentation and contact your landlord for documentation. The provider will then schedule an intake meeting if necessary.
If you have no access to the internet, you can call 2-1-1 for help filling out the online application over the phone. You may also contact a provider and schedule a time to receive assistance to apply. For a status update on your rental application after you’ve applied, please log back into the application and check for the status update.
The provider will be in touch via email, text and a phone call. Please check your email regularly after you have submitted your application and please answer unknown calls. Providers will attempt to contact you three times before marking your file “unable to contact” and moving to the next household. Updates can be found on the portal.
Yes, households who are renting from a friend/family member are eligible to apply. Households will have to provide an informal lease agreement with the household or bank statements showing payments have been previously paid to the friend/family member. Rent amount depends on the number of bedrooms in the house and fair market rent.
Yes, households who are long term stayers (14-days or longer) at a hotel/motel are eligible to apply. The monthly amount will be based on efficiency apartments fair market rents. Households will have to provide a past due statement from the hotel/motel and documentation showing payments have been previously paid to the hotel/motel.
Please email [email protected] to update your information, please include past information and updated information.
Yes. If your rent is not past due, but you are unable to pay your utilities and have a bill showing the past due amount you can apply for utility assistance. This program cannot pay utilities and leave your rent past due. Unpaid utilities must be due to Covid-19.
Electric, Water/Sewer, Gas, Garbage Pickup, Fuel Oil, and Internet
Yes, households with Housing Choice/Section 8 vouchers are eligible to apply. This program can help with the tenant’s portion of the rent and utilities as deemed eligible. Tenant and Landlords must ensure that past due rent amounts do not include the amount section 8 covers. Any payment of funds for ineligible amounts must be repaid back to the program.
No, the Pierce County Rental Assistance program will not issue payments directly to tenants. Checks will only be sent to the landlord or friend/family member or hotel manager. Utility and other payments will only be sent to the utility or bill provider.
Future rent is an eligible expense and is paid on a case-by-case basis based on need. There is no guarantee of future rents for any household.
Please email [email protected].
Please do not reapply. Log into the portal and recertify your application. You will need to update your documentation and proof of income. There is no guarantee of additional months of assistance. Our program is currently prioritizing households who have not been served to date, before we serve returning households.
Documentation is required before an application can be submitted. If you are having trouble uploading documentations, please contact a provider to assist you in completing your application.
No, you must be in arrears for rent and/or utilities to apply for this program. You must also be behind in rent due to Covid-19.
No, this program is only for rental and utility assistance for households already in a lease and impacted by Covid-19.
No, this program is for Pierce County renters only. Please check your local area for rental assistance options.
We work with the Lived Experience Coalition (LEC) as a Pierce County funded entity. This group works with folks who have lived experience. In addition to mentorship, they prepare folks to sit on boards and voice their stances to stakeholders. The LEC also recruits people who have experienced homelessness or currently are.
The goal identified by the CPEH, and the hired consultant is July 1, 2023. Pierce County Human Services will support the process and implementation and goal will be shifted as required and requested by CPEH.
The 501 Commons contract started September 1, 2022 and was fully executed January 25, 2023. To date the program has served one by-and-for agency. As the project progresses, additional data will be provided by Human Services staff as requested by the CPEH.
Pierce County Human Services will follow all funding allocation protocols and requirements. This includes reallocation of additional dollars through a Notice of Funding Availability, Request for Proposal, or other approved processes. Pierce County staff work to support providers to ensure they spend down complete and meet their targets.
The Transportation Project was a pilot program with limited eligibilities. Clients not on the Pierce Transit routes may be eligible for Beyond the Borders program. Our staff working on Transportation is working diligently to find resolution.
No, there is no cap based on area for projects funded through HHP or any other County fund unless the funder requires the area. All households eligible for homeless services in Pierce County have access to Pierce County programs throughout the County regardless of their original area. Pierce County homeless services has a no wrong door approach and serve the County as a whole.
The Prevention Case Management program has an estimated numbers served of 340-1650, which will vary greatly between project types and eligibility requirements. If the projects apply for rental assistance only without case management, they will serve additional households. If the projects provide intensive case management, they will serve less households. Once the request for proposals is released and a project (or projects) are selected, Pierce County will be able to update the projected to be served numbers. If a household is past due on rent, they are eligible to apply for eviction prevention which would be different than this above program.
3,000 served includes contacts and not new households/individuals served. The Shelter HUB will connect households and individuals to available resources such as available emergency shelter beds OR may provide hotel/motel sheltering if no resources are available. 3,000 maybe connecting a person to an available shelter bed which would consist of knowing available open beds or making a phone call or securing hotel/motel while then connecting to available resources.
This service is currently funded and eligible through CE with Pierce County Human Services. We have outreach teams that are trained in Diversion and CE processes. They receive funding to facilitate these services out in the community. In addition, CE has expanded their services since the pandemic. Now, they offer Diversion conversations via telephone, Zoom, in person, by appointment or walk ins.
Pierce County Human Services recently released the Homeless Housing Program (HHP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and emergency shelters were eligible to apply. The funding decision is expected to be announced soon. The City of Tacoma runs a separate funding cycle with their funding.
Yes, to be eligible for Eviction Prevention households must have a lease in their own name, under 80% Area Median Income, have past due rent, and have a 14-day/30-day/Eviction Notice. Eviction Prevention is set up to support households and landlords with past due rents and is not a homeless service response, it is a homeless prevention response.
The Right of Way funding projects are 3-year contracts. Washington State Department of Commerce and Pierce County Human Services are committed to long-term solutions. Pierce County Human Services will continue to work with current contracted providers to continue the work.
A majority of emergency shelter beds added to the system are non-congregate beds. What we learned during the pandemic was having a variety of shelter bed options allowed the homeless response system to respond quickly and appropriately. Congregate is the most cost-effective way to serve the greatest number of households, and yet we know that non-congregate allows for more safety, security, and emergency response in the event of a future pandemic.
The data available was provided by our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which not all shelters utilize. HMIS is required for all Pierce County funded services provided but if an entity has a different fund source, they are not required to enter information into the database, though Pierce County staff do encourage them to. In addition, staff review the Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to end homelessness which currently shows 99 available needs which is close to this number as well. We do see vacancies changing with weather changes.
All identified funds in the CPEH are awarded to agencies (for profit, nonprofit, local government entities, etc.) who apply for funding for specific project types. These entities provide direct services for households in need and eligible for services.
Pierce County Human Services uses data from Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Not all service providers are required to enter data into HMIS however they are encouraged to do so.
Pierce County Human Services hired a Computer Systems Data Analysis in June of 2022. The position is a dedicated full-time employee who administers the HMIS system and provides technical assistance, as well as monitoring for data quality. Providers are sent data quality reports monthly.
Pierce County Human Services will provide additional information on options for how to donate. There are legal limitations and requirements to the County accepting donations. Pierce County Human Services encourages people interested in donating to a cause to either donate to a local non-profit directly or donate supplies directly to a non-profit.
Yes, after the portal is closed the providers will be processing applications in the portal until all funds are expended.
Contact 211 for other rental assistance options. This program requires the application be submitted through the portal.
Yes, once the portal closes landlords and tenants will be able to log in to check status and respond to messages from providers.
Our program is prioritizing new household before we serve returning households. Once all new applicants are processed, returning households will be contacted IF there is available funding.
Contact 211 for information about other programs.
You can log-in to the portal to check your application status.
The provider will email you, call you, text you, and will reach out to you through the portal.
No, Pierce County is not out of funds, however, we anticipate that we will be out before the end of 2022. We also anticipate that we have enough applications in the queue to spend down all available funding.
Updates are provided by logging into the portal. Once you are referred to a provider, the status will change and the provider will contact you for processing to determine eligibility.
No, once the portal closes, we will no longer accept any new applications through 211, phone calls, in person, or online.
Once the portal closes, it will be too late to apply. Please contact Tacomaprobono for legal guidance.
No, there is no change to the amount of funds households may receive. We are prioritizing new applicants, followed by returning households.
No, customers of participating carriers are automatically signed up to receive all alert types.
No, only broadcast media.
A specific NOAA Radio receiver is required to listen to these broadcast frequencies. Receivers can be obtained from many retail locations such as electronics, sporting goods, and boat and marine accessory stores.
- Criminal- Dependency/Termination (You may be asked to leave the courtroom if there is an objection by a party on the case)
The following hearings are closed to the public:
- At-Risk Youth- Child in Need of Services- Emancipation- Juvenile Harassment- Truancy
Under certain legal circumstances, the court has the authority to commit a juvenile to the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) for any length of time up to the age of 21. The court sets the maximum amount of time the juvenile will serve. During the period of confinement, the juvenile will be placed in a state institution or group home. The juvenile's placement is determined by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), not the court. Following the juvenile's release from the institution/group home, parole services are provided for a specified period of time. See
You may view directions to Juvenile Court (Remann Hall) or view a map.
A newborn or relative adoption usually takes several months to complete. That process is more extensive and requires more paperwork, a home visit and longer interviews.
For every adoption there is a $260 filing fee at the Clerk’s Office. Each report has a different fee: Stepparent reports are $300; Relative reports are $550. During the report process, there are small fees for criminal background checks, and on the date of finalization, there will be fees for the new birth certificate and certified copies of the adoption decree.
All children participate in the adoption process. Children with verbal skills usually have an understanding of their own adoption. School-aged children will be part of the interview process.
All adoptions are finalized on Friday mornings at Pierce County Juvenile Court (Remann Hall).
There are currently no in-person or virtual adoption hearings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You must notify the birth father even if his identity is unknown, not listed, or has been absent for many years.
After the finalization of an adoption, all files are sealed and can only be opened by court order. Adult adoptees can hire a confidential intermediary to get a court order to get birth information and search for birth parents. Contact the Clerk's Office for more information.
Contact Family Reconciliation Services at (888) 713-6115 and press #1 to request a family assessment and then bring that assessment with you when you come to file your petition.
If the court makes a finding of contempt at a contempt hearing, the court may impose coercive sanctions, such as research papers or community service hours, alternatives to secure detention such as work crew or electronic home monitoring, confinement for up to seven days in juvenile detention or a fine, or any combination of these sanctions.
Family Reconciliation Services (FRS) is a voluntary program, offered through the Department of Youth and Family Services (DCYF). FRS serves youth and families who are in conflict and youth who are engaging in at risk behaviors.
Family Reconciliation Services (FRS) provides support to families and adolescents, between the ages of 12 through 17. FRS services are meant to resolve crisis situations and prevent unnecessary out of home placement. They are not designed to be long-term services. The services offered by FRS are designed to assess and stabilize the family's situation.
The shared goal of FRS and the Pierce County Juvenile Court is to return the family to a pre-crisis state and to work with the family to identify alternative methods of handling similar conflicts. If longer-term service needs are identified, FRS will help facilitate getting the youth and his/her family into on-going services within the community.
What services are offered through FRS?
FRS services may include, but are not limited to:
FRS can be reached directly by calling (888) 713-6115.
Yes. The goal of FRS and the Juvenile Court is to offer families crisis stabilization services that prevent the need for At Risk Youth petitions being filed.
Family Reconciliation Services will complete a Family Assessment and offer support services to the family. Once the Verification of Family Assessment is completed, the parent or legal guardian has two choices:
If a youth is in CDDA on a suspended commitment to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), inpatient treatment is funded and location for inpatient treatment is determined by JRA.
2. Enter through A Building and proceed to the left until you pass the courtrooms. The Clerk’s Office is the last door on the left.
If you missed the Shelter Care Hearing, fill out the paperwork to request an attorney and bring it to the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office as soon as possible. See Request An Attorney
GAL stands for Guardian ad litem. Duties of the Volunteer Child Advocate/GAL are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
Child Advocates/GALs are appointed by judges to represent the best interest of children involved in the dependency court system. The Advocate/GAL researches the child's situation by talking with the child as well as others who play a significant role in the child's life. The Advocate/GAL writes a report to the court for review hearings with information about the parents’ progress in services and an update about the child, the child’s expressed wishes, as well as what the Advocate/GAL believes is in the child’s best interest. See
Cour appointed Child Advocates are volunteers with a minimum of 30 hours training and supervised by Juvenile Court staff.
Staff advocates are called GALs (Guardians ad litem). Duties of the Child Advocate and GAL are the same and are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
The priority is to assign children a Child Advocate if one is available. Approximately half of the children in dependency court have an Advocate, and the other half have a staff GAL.
Child Advocates are appointed by judges to represent the best interest of children involved in the dependency court system. The Advocate researches the child's situation by talking with the child as well as others who play a significant role in the child's life. The Advocate writes a report to the court for review hearings with information about the parents’ progress in services and an update about the child, the child’s expressed wishes, as well as what the Advocate believes is in the child’s best interest.
Dependency 101 is offered twice per month. On the second Thursday of each month, the class is 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday, the class is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You may attend the same class as the other parent of your child as long as there is no restraining order in effect.
Note: Parents are encouraged to find childcare for the youth’s siblings, however if this is not possible, a youth’s sibling(s) that are age 6 and under are allowed to visit. Special arrangements may be made for counselors or therapists to visit youth for the purpose of doing therapy.
The Diversion office will only release police reports to attorneys who submit a Request for Discovery. Attorneys are bound by the rules of discovery as to what juvenile, witness, and victim information in the police report they may share with their clients.
Some police agencies will release police reports. If you want a copy of your police report, you must contact the arresting police agency or retain an attorney.
If you do not sign a Diversion Agreement, your case will be sent back to the Prosecutor's Office for charging.
If a youth signs a Diversion Agreement for one of the following offenses, a notice will be sent to the school principal: Inhaling toxic fumes, a controlled substance violation, a liquor violation, assault, harassment, reckless burning, malicious mischief, reckless endangerment, and/or a weapons offense. This notice will only include the juvenile’s name and the offense that was committed; it will not include the details of the offense.
If a youth signs a Diversion Agreement for a drug or alcohol offense, notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing in Olympia.
Our financial screener will review these documents and determine your ability to pay based on the federal poverty guidelines. The financial screener will assess a fee and bill you the assessed amount. You can make up to four monthly payments on your assessed fee. If your fee is waived, you will not receive a bill.
If you do not follow the requirements of your Diversion Agreement, the case will be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney for review, and a formal court hearing called a Diversion Termination hearing may occur. If the court determines that you failed to complete your Diversion Agreement, the case will proceed to arraignment and will be handled like other Juvenile Court cases. If you do not appear at the court hearing, the court may order that you be arrested. See
However, early reinstatement of driving privileges is possible if you successfully complete your diversion requirements. For a first offense, early reinstatement is possible 90 days after your 16th birthday or 90 days after the Diversion Agreement was signed. On a second offense, early reinstatement is possible one year after the Diversion Agreement was signed, or at age 17, whichever is longer. You also cannot apply for a learner's permit until your driving privilege has been reinstated.
When the revocation time is up, DOL will notify you. You will be required to take the written and driving test again and pay a reinstatement fee in addition to the licensing fees.
See Early Reinstatement of Driving Privileges
(This notification, and a detailed listing of the actual offenses, is included along with the appointment letter when you are scheduled for your Diversion appointment.)
Any information received by a principal or school personnel under this section is confidential and may not be further disseminated except as provided by law.
Youth in the program for a pre-trial offense are generally ordered into the program until ajudge releases them from the program at a future hearing.
- Full participation in adolescent sex offender treatment- No further law violations- Periodic polygraph tests to measure compliance with probation- No possession of pornographic material- Regular attendance and acceptable behavior at school- Follow the supervision plan devised by your probation officer and therapist- Complete HIV testing and registration requirements
- Reside only at the address designated by the court- Must be supervised at all times by supervisors approved by the court (i.e., parents or other adults authorized by the court and probation)- Travel is restricted to Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties- Remain at home in the company of an approved adult (exceptions will be made for school and line-of-sight supervision by a court approved adult)- Obey rules of parent/supervising adult- Maintain contact with the assigned probation officer. The probation officer will provide youth with a specific day to call and check in.- Attend school or place of employment without absences and maintain best effort.- No violations of any criminal laws- No contact with the alleged victim(s), witness(es), co-defendant(s). This includes contact through electronic means or third parties. - Will not be allowed to reside with any victim.- Cannot possess guns, firearms, ammunition, or other weapons.- No unsupervised contact with children who are more than 24 months younger than the youth. The youth will not be allowed to share a bedroom with younger siblings. Placement of an alarm on a youth's bedroom door will also be required.- No unsupervised internet activity. If internet access is needed, a parent must be view the screen with the youth.- Cannot possess electronics that access the internet.
Please view our Volunteer Services Advocate Handout for more information.
CAB Meeting Schedule 2020
Your ticket is valid for one-time parking ONLY for the day and time slot you purchased.
All ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.
No, there will not be bag checks. We will have some delicious food vendors on site, but feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Alcoholic drinks are not permitted.
Guests will be asked to show a printed parking ticket, or one loaded on a mobile phone. The QR code will be scanned upon arrival.
Yes, tickets may be purchased on-site with Visa/MasterCard. You may also purchase your ticket on-site via your smartphone at https://www.piercecountywa.gov/1268/Kite-Festival.
We can accept cash or credit card for on-site purchases. You may also purchase your ticket on-site via your smartphone at https://www.piercecountywa.gov/1268/Kite-Festival.
Chambers Creek Regional Park will be open to foot and bike traffic. All guests are encouraged to purchase a parking ticket and enter the park off Chambers Creek Road near Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Yes! Bring the kids, grandparents, friends, and anyone else!
Yes! Feel free to bring your own kites!
We will have kite kits available for purchase at $4.00/kit. Credit card purchases are preferred. Ocean Shores Kites will also be on site with kites available to purchase.
Yes! Chambers Creek Regional Park will be open to the public; however, all vehicles will be asked to purchase a parking ticket and enter the park off Chambers Creek Road near Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The park will still be open to foot and bike traffic. Want to avoid the crowd? We encourage you to check out some of Pierce County's other parks!
Yes, well-mannered and non-aggressive dogs are welcome.
In order to allow optimal viewing for all participants, we ask anyone with a pop-up tent or shade structure to set up on the West side of the field. The area is marked in orange on the event map.
The system is designed and functions best for outdoor environments.
The monthly test is only conducted to ensure that the activation system and sirens are working end to end. In a real event, they will sound for much longer and with tones and a recorded voice message specific for the hazards.
The sirens were initially installed for a lahar hazard that would most impact these two locations.
The system can now play pre-recorded spoken messages about multiple hazards to warn people that may be visiting certain areas, and not familiar with the lahar hazard.
Yes, admission must be purchased online before arriving at the event. Guests will be asked to select a date and time and will be asked to show their e-ticket printed or loaded on their phones. Your QR code will be scanned upon arrival. Guests must arrive on the day and time selected.
Reserved parking is optional. We strongly encourage purchasing reserved parking online before arriving at the event. Guests will be asked to show their parking e-tickets printed or loaded on their phones. Your QR code will be scanned upon arrival. Guests must arrive on the day and time selected. Reminder should our parking lot reach capacity, we will only allow those with pre-purchased admission tickets access to the event.
First, look in your spam folder. The emails will come from Fareharbor.com. If you still can’t find them, we can resend your confirmation email or look you up by name/email address on the day of your visit. Contact our Customer Service team at 253-798-4177 or by email at [email protected].
Reserved parking is available at Sprinker Recreation Center. Directional signs will be clearly marked on the road. The entrance to the parking area is from “C” Street South, where parking attendants will be more than happy to scan your parking e-ticket and direct you.
We cannot recommend parking outside of our park properties. If parking elsewhere, for safety please walk on the sidewalk along Military Road and cross at the crosswalk into Spanaway Park from the main entrance road after 4:30 p.m.
Approximately 2.5 miles. The course takes guests on a circular route through Spanaway Park on paved easy-to-walk areas, beginning and ending at the park entrance on Military Road.
Yes! Guests may bring snacks or enjoy delicious warm food options from a variety of food trucks at our Vendor Village inside the park for a reasonable price.
Yes, portable restrooms will be located along the route throughout the park.
Yes, the 3D glasses are available for purchase on-site while supplies last. The souvenir booth will be located in Sprinker Recreation Center's parking lot. If you purchased the glasses online with your ticket admission, the glasses will be available at the park entrance when you arrive for the event. Please let the ticket attendant know glasses were pre-purchased.
Yes, we encourage guests to take photos– use the hashtag #FANTASYLIGHTSWALK and tag us @piercecountyparks. Guests may also use monopods or selfie sticks with care. As a safety measure, please stay on the paved Walk route when taking pictures and remember to be courteous and not impede viewing or the flow of walkers on the route.
Pets are not allowed during this event. ADA Service animals are welcome. We also request that service dogs be clearly marked for this event due to the large crowds and to prevent confusion by other walkers and staff.
Spanaway Park is a nicotine-free environment.
Guests are welcome to purchase as many tickets as they would like while available. Remember tickets must be pre-purchased online.
Yes, with a pre-paid ticket. Due to the safety of our guests, we ask guests to walk on the sidewalk along Military Road and cross the crosswalk into Spanaway Park from the main entrance road after 4:30 p.m.
No, the event will occur in rain, shine, or snow. In fact, the rain and snow make the lights shine even brighter! In the unlikely event of a cancellation, a message will be posted on our Pierce County Parks event website and social media pages, and an email will be sent to registered guests. So, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
The system uses a Google Maps interface and Google has not automatically updated Key Peninsula addresses.
Yes, you can still use the old addressing directional (KPN/KPS) when entering your location in the system.
Some cell carriers block text subscriptions. Contact your carrier and ask them to “unblock short codes”
The short number that appears as sender for PCALERT text messages: 888-777 or 893-61
Reply to a text message with “STOP”
Text “RESUME” to 888-777 or 893-61
Yes! The 2023 pay rate was $20 per hour.
The program is 12 weeks long and runs from the first week of June to the last week of August. When necessary, we are flexible with start and end dates; some of our interns are college students and we will work around those schedules as best we can.
This program is full time hours (40 hours per week). Most departments are Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30. However, some positions have different schedules, and any special hours will be listed in the job posting (IE. Four 10’s, or 6:30-3:00, etc.).
The Summer Internship program is a 12-week, paid internship. Every year the intern positions that are available are different. The interns work in their departments about 80% of the time and spend the other 20% of the time with the cohort, doing professional development activities. These activities range from training to site-tours to mock interviews. The cohort also works together throughout the summer to create a video presentation for the Pierce County Council.
The work varies, depending on which departments apply, and are selected to host an intern. The work is real and hands on, we do not have our interns' making copies or taking coffee orders. Each intern will have a specific project or set of tasks that assigned by their department. See the “past internships” portion of our webpage for an idea of the different positions we’ve had.
The Intern Cohort is comprised of all the summer interns, the intern coordinator and an HR representative. The cohort meets weekly and attends training, professional development activities, check ins, and site tours around the county together. This is designed to act as an additional support system for the interns throughout the program.
See our Pierce County Careers page to apply Pierce County Careers | Pierce County, WA - Official Website. You can also set up job alerts form our careers page. That way, as soon as the internship are open, you will be notified.
Yes! However, you can only work in one of the internships at a time.
To start, read through the job posting for the internship(s) you’re interested in. You will gain insight into the division and the work you’ll be doing during the summer. You’ll also see any minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet those minimum qualifications, we encourage you to apply! Take your time, go through the application thoroughly, and attach an updated Resume and Cover letter.
Congrats! You’ve applied to be a Pierce County Summer Intern. Now… you wait a bit. The review process can take a little time. You should hear from us within a couple of weeks of the position closing. Keep an eye on your email inbox (spam and junk mail as well), as much of our communication is via email. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have not heard anything after several weeks.
If a candidate is moved on in the application process, the first round of interviewing is a phone screening. This is a brief phone interview, in which the hiring manager will ask about basic questions or technical skills. If a candidate moves on, the next step is a 30-minute panel interview. This is generally in-person or via zoom, and the panel consists of 2-3 department representatives or human resources staff. We highly recommend practicing for interviews and getting familiar with the STAR method of interviewing. How To Use the STAR Interview Response Technique | Indeed.com
Yes, of course! In fact, we have had candidates who haven’t made it through the process one year, but have applied again, and been selected.
Yes , even indoor pets must be licensed. Pets frequently escape from homes. A license will help ensure its safe return. And, pet licensing is the law. Don't risk an infraction.
Animal Cruelty occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.
Here are some signs that may indicate abuse or neglect:
See RCW 16.52 for more information.
Solutions are not simple. Animal Control can’t just take the dog. To issue a ticket to the dog owner, several steps must be followed. It takes time, your cooperation, and quite a bit of paperwork. If the barking dog belongs to your neighbor, please talk with your neighbor. Believe it or not, many people don’t realize that their dog barks. If positive results are not achieved by your friendly visit, call your Animal Control authority. Animal noise is not an emergency. You will likely be asked to leave a voice mail complaint. Leave a message that includes your complete name, your address, the address of the barking dog, the owner’s name, and a description of the dog. We do not take anonymous calls.
The services areas listed below aren’t participating in this project. But, you probably still need to license your pet. We recommend that you call the appropriate number and ask about pet licensing in your area. And, encourage your city to participate in PierceCountyPets.org!
All fares will continue to be round trip and collected outbound in Steilacoom.
The Motorcycle Value Pass is $45.50 in 2024. We are looking at options to potentially adjust the rates for motorcycle value passes so that it remains the same year-round.
No. All drivers, regardless of their age, will still need to purchase a Vehicle ticket as normal.
A nomination application (photo guidelines) can be filed with Planning & Public Works. It is customary for property owners to file such a nomination for their own property.
The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission reviews and determines whether a nominated property is eligible for listing in the Pierce County Register of Historic Places. Once determination is made, the commission's evaluation and determination are forwarded to the County Council for final action.
Spanaway Lake is an important resource that provides many recreational, aesthetic and habitat benefits. In recent years, aquatic weed growth and harmful algal blooms have had a negative impact on the lake. In response, Pierce County worked with the community to develop an Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (IAVMP) in 2020 to help address invasive aquatic weeds. The IAVMP identified chemical treatment with herbicides as the optimal strategy for weed control.
The target species for 2023 will be Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus). Both are listed on the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board Class C Noxious Weed list.
Fragrant Water Lily treatment will take place near shoreline areas of Spanaway Lake where the plant is present. To see a map of potential lily treatment areas, please visit https://arcg.is/09jaqT.
Curly Leaf Pondweed locations will need to be surveyed in spring of 2023 to determine the entire location and extent of the plant population. The treatment applicator will post signs in both the treated and potentially affected areas 24 to 48 hours before treatments are applied.
The applicator plans to use glyphosate and an approved aquatic surfactant, which is systemic herbicide that is effective on Water Lily.
The applicator may also use penoxsulam for control of the submerged Curly Leaf Pondweed. The brand of the penoxsulam product, Galleon SC, is classified as an EPA Reduced-Risk Aquatic Herbicide.
Both are fully approved for these uses by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology. Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an Environmental Impact Statement on the use of these products for aquatic weed control, which is available here: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/SummaryPages/0010043.html, and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which is available here: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/SummaryPages/1710020.html.
The applicator will mobilize a treatment boat to the lake, then target areas where noxious aquatic weeds are present.
Fragrant Water Lily treatment products (glyphosate) will be carefully applied using a spray solution from a handgun controlled by an experienced and licensed applicator. Curly Leaf Pondweed products (penoxsulam) will be applied via a solution emitted below the waterline through drop hoses controlled by an experienced and licensed applicator.
If you believe you have patches of Fragrant Water Lily in an area that is not identified in the most recent survey, please contact the Lake Management District at [email protected] or call (253) 798-4280 to have it added. You may be asked to provide photographs to assist in identification by the applicator.
No, there are no recreational water use restrictions for the proposed treatments. Neither the US EPA-approved product label nor the Washington Department of Ecology Aquatic Plant and Algae Management permit place a restriction on recreational water use for these products.
The applicator may, at their discretion, post signage at public access locations asking visitors to limit boat use during application, but only as a precaution to prevent boat wake interfering with optimal placement of the treatment products.
There are no restrictions on use of lake water for irrigation following treatment application according to the research that was used to develop the US EPA product label for both glyphosate and penoxsulam.
Yes. Both treatment products break down rapidly in water. Well studies have shown that these aquatic herbicides do not migrate through groundwater. In one study, a test well was drilled in sandy soil 20 feet from the shoreline and another drawdown well was placed beyond that to draw down water. There were no detections.
No. Water Lily treatment products (glyphosate) will be applied directly to the target plants using hand-operated devices that are not expected to create aerosols. Curly Leaf Pondweed products will be applied beneath the water surface and will not create aerosols. Further, the treatments will be applied by licensed applicators who are trained and experienced in preventing overspray and drift.
Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an Environmental Impact Statement on the use of these products for aquatic weed control, which is available here: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/SummaryPages/0010043.html, and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which is available here: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/SummaryPages/1710020.html.
No, a permit is required.
Inspections can be scheduled by using our online permits website.
When scheduling online you first search for the permit. While you are looking at the details of the permit, and if the permit is in an Issued status, use the “I want to…” feature to “Schedule Inspection.”
Fire Inspections: Schedule online or call (253) 798-7179 (Option 1)
Our system is designed to prevent back-to-back inspection requests that often lead to the canceling of requests and radically impacting the workload. The results from the first inspection must be updated in the permitting system before additional inspections can be scheduled.
Our inspectors spend most of their time in the field, but are usually available between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. before they start their inspections for the day. If you did not catch your inspector before they have left for the field, you may not hear back from them until the next working day. We make every effort to return all calls within one working day.
A virtual inspection allows the inspector to remotely view the site using a webcam controlled by the inspectee. View the brochure for additional information.
Use this guide to calculate possible permit fees for a single family residence.
You can check on the status of your application on the online permits website.
1. Go to the PALS Online Website. 2. Use the search criteria to search for an existing application or permit. 3. Use the "Printer Friendly" button to print any of the first seven tabs for the application/permit. 4. Go to the "Document" tab to print the application/permit or any other related documents. Click on the link for the desired document and use the Adobe toolbar to print the document.
The building codes are adopted by reference and made a part of Title 18C of the County Code. An online version of the codes can be found here:
International Code Council Online Library
No, a building permit is not required if it is not supporting a surcharge and is less than 4-feet in height and meets the offset of 1:1 ratio. IRC Section 105, Reference Bulletin #8.
Other regulations may apply; Ask a Permit Technician.
A Fence greater than 6-feet high requires a building permit and must meet setbacks. The height is measured from the top of the fence to the ground immediately adjacent to the fence, PCC 18A.15.040 B.2.d and IRC Section 105, Reference Bulletin #8.Other regulations may apply: Ask a Permit Technician.
Any bulkhead, no matter what size, is regulated by the Shoreline Regulations. A bulkhead greater than 4-feet in height, measured from finished grade, including anything below ground, also requires a building permit and environmental review (SEPA). A shoreline exemption can be granted when the sole purpose of a bulkhead is to protect an existing single-family residence, and appurtenant structures, from loss or damage by erosion (WAC 173.27.040(2)(c)), and for normal maintenance and repair of the bulkhead (WAC 173.27.040(2)(b)). In the case of an emergency situation, Per WAC 173.27.040(2)(d), a bulkhead may be granted written shoreline exemption for construction necessary to protect property from damage by the elements.
Inquiries on zoning can be made by Ask a Permit Technician.
Complete the Refund Request Form. If you have any questions regarding your request please call us at (253) 798-2619.
No. We must have a check from a different bank account or payment by credit card (in the lobby or online).
Please call (253) 798-7250 or visit piercecountywa.gov/tif.
Many land use activities can impact the habitats of fish and wildlife. Special care must be taken in the management of lands that support critical fish and wildlife species to ensure that development occurs in a manner that is sensitive to their habitat needs in accordance with the goals and policies of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington State Growth Management Act and the Pierce County Critical Areas Ordinance, all of which call for the protection of the natural environment and public health, safety and welfare through protection of environmentally critical areas.
Start by using our About My Property website, it returns this type of information about a parcel. Please keep in mind, the actual presence or absence of critical areas on the ground, as defined in Title 18E of the Pierce County Code, determines permit requirements for property in unincorporated Pierce County, regardless of what is contained in maps and other documents. Pierce County has not mapped all critical areas on all property within Pierce County. Customers or property owners may Ask a Permit Technician or the Biologist of the Day (BOD) at (253) 798-7005 to discuss the process of finding out whether a property contains wetlands or fish and wildlife critical areas. Please have the Tax Parcel Number available.
The wetland (and some fish and wildlife habitat areas) on your property may allow you to qualify for a reduction in property taxes through Current Use Assessment , which could lower the assessed value of your property. You may also direct your questions about the program to Mike Poteet at 253-798-3614.
There are a couple of reasons. The first reason is current State and County laws require the County Engineer approve any connection to the County road system. Many existing driveways do not have a driveway approach permit either because they were built before there was a permit process or because they were built without approval. The second reason is for situations where vehicle usage will increase; the County requires the driveway approach be brought up to current standards.
If you are not changing the grade, drainage, or width, generally you do not need a permit. If the driveway is located in a critical area, a permit may be required. Every parcel in Pierce County is unique; contact Development Engineering before you start for requirements. Any work within the County right-of-way does require approval from Planning & Public Works.
Yes, if they exceed 200 square feet in area a building permit is required. Regardless of the need for a building permit they must meet setbacks. IRC Section 105 Reference Bulletin #8.
The department has regulatory jurisdiction over unincorporated Pierce County (the areas of the County that are outside of an incorporated city). You can use our About My Property website to see which jurisdiction a parcel is under.
No. Pierce County cannot remove branches or trees on private property. A property owner can but should check with the Development Center to ensure the tree is not endangered.
No, generally it is a civil issue between the homeowner and the contractor.
Some home occupations do require a Business License. Planning & Public Works no longer requires a home occupation permit. However, there are still requirements in the code for a Home Occupation, see 18A.37.110 .
Please use our About My Property website, it returns the zoning of a parcel along with other information that could effect a development proposal.
Answers to zoning-related questions can be obtained by using this form or calling the Development Center Information Line at (253) 798-3739. For more information, please visit What is Allowed in a Zone?
There currently isn't a limit of how many non-commercial vehicles a person can own if they have title to the vehicles. The storage of junk vehicles is regulated and enforced by Code Enforcement.
Yes, any time you change or add gas pipe you need a gas-piping permit, residential structures can get the permit online. IRC Section R105.1
Yes, replacement of those fixtures does require a permit, IRC Section R105.1 and UPC Section 103. Residential structures can get the permit online.
Please review this chart for a full list of fees.
Use the webmaster link found at the bottom of the Online Permits website to report the problem. We'll confirm the expiration date and update our system as soon as possible.
Visit our Online Permits website or call (253) 798-3762.
The authority to extend a general site development permit rests with the Development Engineering review engineer for the project. You must contact the review engineer to determine if your project is eligible for an extension (most are). If it is, the current annual inspection fee associated with the permit in question will need to be paid to have the permit extended for one year.
The normal life of a Residential Site Development Permit is two years. One year extensions may be granted on a case by case basis by contacting either the review engineer who approved your permit, or your assigned site development inspector, and paying the applicable permit extension fee (normally 25% of the original application fee).
For single family site development projects, please request inspections using the PALS Online Permits website. This method will allow you to leave a note for the inspector with your request. Please remember to provide any needed information like a gate code when there is one.
For all other site development projects, contact your assigned inspector directly. Your assigned inspector's name and phone number is normally listed in the approval block on your plans.
Once you have disturbed the site, it is your responsibility to monitor it and maintain the necessary erosion control measures. This normally requires regular site visits. If, however, you find you cannot make visits for a short period of time, you can monitor the status of your permit by using our eNotification service found on our online permits website website.
Tiny Homes constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code are allowed.
Permitting a tiny home is very similar in process to construction of any new single family residence. For specific code requirements for tiny homes, please see Bulletin 65 for more information.
The Prosecutor’s Office does not get involved in custody or visitation issues. However, as part of a pilot program for parentage cases between 7/1/20 and 6/30/21, if parents wish to enter an agreed Parenting Plan, they may request Parenting Plan information from the Family Support Division at the beginning of their case. For all other visitation or custody issues, parents must either hire an attorney or represent themselves.
Contact South Sound 911 (253) 798-7441.
If your divorce was granted in Pierce County, you may contact the Clerk of the Superior Court, (253) 798-7455, for instructions on how to request a copy of the divorce.
If a road fulfills one of the categories, a recommendation is forwarded to the Pierce County Council in the form of a proposed ordinance, which if adopted, officially designates the classification of the road as an arterial or as primitive. The process includes public hearings and can take up to four months to complete.
When a road is designated as an arterial, it receives a center line paint stripe and all intersecting local road approaches are controlled by Stop signs. When a road is designated as primitive, it is posted with a primitive road sign that notifies drivers that no warning signs are present.
Roads are most effectively classified by their function. The primary functions of roads are:
The degree to which these functions are provided is considered an integral part of classifying roads. The main considerations for classifying roads into functional groups are the travel desires of the public, land service needs based on existing and expected land use, and the overall continuity of the system.
The Pierce County functional classification system directly addresses all public roads in unincorporated Pierce County (except state highways).
All entities that provide utility service for a fee to customers must have a franchise agreement (with the exception of AT&T and Qwest who have rights that pre-date the state law on franchises).
Pierce County does not enforce complaints against utility companies except for complaints about the condition of a roadway where a utility company was working.
In the meantime, the use of the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program (radar trailer) and Neighborhood Entry signs continue to be available.
In fact, 'Children at Play' signs can increase the potential for accidents by giving a false sense of protection to children and parents which cannot be guaranteed.
For these reasons, national traffic standards, such as the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), don't recognize such warning signs and discourage their use. Our department doesn't want to encourage children to play within the roadway, which is intended exclusively for the use of vehicles.
Additionally, to maintain consistency we would have to post the signs in so many locations throughout the county that they would cease to command the attention or respect of drivers.
In the months following their installation, the overall effectiveness as well as the public's receptiveness was evaluated by way of before and after speed/volume studies and neighborhood surveys. These results were provided to the County Council for further direction. Subsequently, permanent speed humps replaced the temporary humps in these two neighborhoods in 2007. In 2008, two more neighborhoods were selected for the Traffic Calming Pilot Program and were fitted with several speed humps.
In addition to the speed humps, the County also installed 12 driver feedback signs on arterial roads as a part of the Pilot Program. The effectiveness of these electronic signs in slowing arterial traffic has been mixed, primarily due to equipment reliability issues.
Neighborhoods and law enforcement can also make difference by working in groups to combat the problem. The most effective way of reducing a speeding problem is through selective enforcement, which is working with the Sheriff's Office on traffic infractions in your area. You can reach the neighborhood patrol deputy by phone at (253) 798-4840.
You can also report incidents at (253) 798-4840. When reporting, prepare to give Sherrif's Department deputies as much information as possible, such as:
'Neighborhood Entry' signs must be approved by the county engineer. Neighborhood groups or individuals are responsible for all costs associated with manufacturing, installing and maintaining the signs. To have the county engineer consider your neighborhood, request the 'Neighborhood Entry' Sign request form.
It is worth noting that vehicle manufacturing techniques have evolved in recent years. Many of the newer vehicles have components made of plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel and other materials that are less prone to corrosion than steel. In any case, it is advisable to wash your car periodically throughout the winter months to remove any chemical residue.
The Washington State Transportation Center and Washington State University conducted a thorough scientific study of the effects of chloride anti-icing products on the environment. This study was conducted on a stretch of SR 97 near Leavenworth where high volumes of chloride products were used near a fish bearing stream. The results indicated that deicing activities along SR 97 had no measurable negative impact on Peshastin Creek. The full report can be viewed at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/research/reports/fullreports/500.1.pdf
Sand gets picked up by tires and blown to the side of the road, instead of staying on the driving area of the roadway. In heavy traffic conditions, it is only effective for the first few vehicles.
Sand can clog roadway drains and ditches. Sand in streams may have an adverse impact on aquatic life.
Maintenance costs for sand are higher at the end of the season than salt or anti-icer chemicals due to the cleanup required.
If you are interested whether an improvement project is proposed for a particular road, you can look at the County Transportation Improvement Program.
Only county arterial roads are routinely counted. We do collect data on non-arterial county roads when there is a specific need to know the traffic volume. We do not collect traffic count data on private roads, state highways, or roads inside the corporate limits of cities.
In addition, it will be a financially constrained plan that will focus on the transportation projects and services that the County can realistically afford to implement over the next 20 years.
Sewer M&O staff do emergency repairs, line cleaning, smoke testing, and other types of ongoing maintenance on sewer pipes and pump stations.
Traffic M&O staff keep traffic signals and street lights operating properly, maintain street signs, and ensure lane striping and other pavement markings are visible and helpful to drivers.
Traffic M&O staff and equipment are currently housed in aging, inefficient buildings that cannot support the modern needs and activities associated with the maintenance and operation of traffic equipment. Based on these needs, it has become necessary to seek new quarters for the traffic M&O staff.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility will shift most of the sewer M&O staff and equipment currently located in University Place to the new facility. The timing of this shift coincides with the major expansion project being completed at the WWTP, allowing the number of new buildings needed at the WWTP site to be reduced, and some existing buildings to be cost-effectively reused. Construction of the Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility is scheduled to be complete by 2014 providing time for the sewer M&O staff to relocate prior to WWTP expansion construction overtaking their current workspace.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility gives Pierce County the opportunity to effectively solve three operational issues with one project.
Additionally, because the site is already owned by Pierce County, locating the facility at the 9th Street Pit provides a significant cost savings for the project.
View the sample sewer bill for an explanation of billing details.
When you sell or purchase property, you will be able to submit a service request through the online customer portal. The request can be submitted from your account or as a guest.
Please see the Sewer Rate Table.
Current bills are due 25 days from the billing date. Late bills are due immediately. When payments are not received by the due date, such charges become delinquent and are subject to late penalties and interest.
Pay your monthly sewer bill:
The Customer Portal is Pierce County’s new online system for sewer customers to pay their bills with additional flexibility and convenience. Customers can securely access their online account information 24 hours a day from a computer or mobile device.
Customers can visit PierceCountyWa.gov/SewerPortal to register, manage their accounts and explore the various tools available. Once customers are registered, they will be able to view billing statements, set up automatic payments, and receive billing reminders via email.
Please visit PierceCountyWa.gov/SewerPortal and click “Register a new account.” You will need your account number to register.
You can pay your bill through our automated phone system by calling (253) 798-4020. A $3.50 convenience fee will be applied to each payment transaction made through the phone system.
We launched our new online Customer Portal on Tuesday, Aug. 17. As a result, nearly 55,000 single-family residential customers who receive their bill every two months may notice a new bill due date. Payment due dates will remain the same for customers on a monthly billing cycle. Please check your billing statement(s) to see if your bill due date has changed and adjust your payment accordingly.
No. The new system will not impact our sewer rates.
The Sewer Customer Portal is supported by Amazon Web Services and is subject to continuous enterprise monitoring to ensure stability, performance, and security of our systems. These cloud environments undergo regular audits, conducted by an independent third-party auditor.
The portal implements a Threat and Vulnerability Management Program that includes security scans to identify security threats, including source-code scanning, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and system hardening scans.
Additionally, the online system undergoes monthly vulnerability scans, code-level security scanning and penetration testing as part of the development and release process.
Click the link on the sign in page “forgot password” and follow the prompts.
Yes. Pierce County offers you the option of having the amount of your sewer bill automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. Current users, please utilize the online Customer Portal to update your account information if you change banks, bank accounts, or close a bank account. Advantages of this program include:
Accounts will automatically be removed from Account Clearing House (ACH) in the following circumstances: closed or frozen account, cannot locate account or if there are two consecutive bank returns (i.e. NSF, stop payment).
For additional information about automatic payment program, log in to your online Customer Portal and follow the prompts to set up autopay.
A $3.50 convenience fee will apply to each phone and online payments. For more information on the convenience fee, click here.
In order to pay multiple accounts as a single transaction, you must be logged in to your online Customer Portal account and make sure all of your accounts are “linked”. (Contact us at 253-798-4020 to link your multiple accounts.) If you choose to pay your multiple accounts through the Quick Pay option, you can only pay one account per entry and will be prompted to pay the $3.50 convenience fee per account. For example: If you are paying three accounts, you would be charged three individual convenience fees for a total of $10.50 ($3.50 x 3).
Yes. Debit and credit cards may be used for online payments and in person at our Pierce County Finance Office only. The Finance office is located at 950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, in Tacoma. We accept VISA, MasterCard or e-check using our online system. A $3.50 convenience fee will apply to each payment transaction made online through the online sewer billing system.
Yes. Please call 253-798-4020 to make a payment over the phone. A $3.50 convenience fee will be applied to each payment transaction made through the interactive voice response (IVR) phone system.
We are required to bill the owner of record as indicated on the county Assessor/Treasurer's real property records. If the owner would like to designate a tenant to receive the sewer utility bill(s), a Letter of Authorization affidavit form must be completed and submitted by the owner for each new tenant. Contact our Customer Billing Services at (253) 798-4020 to request this authorization form by mail or Download the LOA form online. The legal owner of the property is responsible for the sewer bill. By Pierce County Code, sewer charges remain with the property. Refer to PCC Title 13.13.025 for supporting Code reference.
If the charges on a sewer bill are not paid when due, a one-time late payment penalty of 10% of the latest billed amount is added to the charges. Additionally, interest is attached and accrued on unpaid charges computed at a rate of 8% per annum starting on the next day after the billing due date until paid. The interest shall be applied monthly on the entire unpaid balance, excluding any accrued interest, foreclosure costs, and all lien recording and release fees.A lien may be placed on a property for accounts that are in excess of 60 days delinquent. A collection letter will be mailed to the property owner and the mortgage company regarding the delinquent lien amount. The collection letter will list the amount of charges in arrears and will explain that the customer must pay the charges in full. The collection letter will also provide notice that under the Revised Code of Washington, Pierce County may bring a foreclosure action against the property 60 days after the attachment of the lien.
The lien will be filed for all delinquent rates, fees and/or charges due in accordance with Pierce County Code Title 13.13.040. The lien amount will include late payment penalties together with accrued interest at 8% per annum from the date due until paid. The lien will attach and foreclose pursuant to RCW 36.94.150.
Typically, payments are applied to the oldest charges first. However, once a lien has been established, only payments satisfying the lien in its entirety will be accepted in release of the lien.
If payment is not received by the due date, a 10% penalty on the latest amount billed will be charged plus interest on the balance at an annual rate of 8%. Failure to receive the bill does not waive penalty or interest charges. Property owners are legally responsible for all charges. If payments are posted to the account by the due date, you will not be assessed late charges. Refer to PCC Title 13.13.040 B for supporting Code reference.
A returned check fee and applicable late charges are imposed for each payment returned to Pierce County Sewer. The charge is currently $25.00. Returned payments also cancel the sewer payment. Refer to PCC Title 13.13.035 for supporting Code reference. Returned checks are not redeposited.
Per Pierce County Code 13.13.045, a lien will be filed on all accounts with balances or partial balances that are 60 days or more past due. A lien recording, release and processing charge will be added to the sewer account at the time the lien is placed on the property. Refer to PCC Title 13.13.045 and RCW 36.94.150 for references.
Liens are released when the account is paid to a zero balance. If paid with cash or cashier's check, the lien can be released immediately at the customer's request. Cash payments are only accepted at the Finance Office at 950 Fawcett Ave., Suite 100, Tacoma, WA 98402. If payments are made by money order, check or online, the lien will release 30 days from the posting date.
Payments are typically applied to the oldest charges first. However, once a lien has been established only payments satisfying the lien in its entirety will be accepted in release of the lien.
You may use the change of billing address block on the remittance slip of your sewer bill, email us to notify us of any changes, submit a mailing address service request using your customer portal, or contact Customer Service at (253) 798-4020 during normal business hours (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday). Please include a phone number where you can be reached during business hours for written correspondence
If the owner would like to designate a tenant to receive the sewer utility bill(s), a Letter of Authorization affidavit form must be completed and submitted by the owner for each new tenant. Contact our Customer Billing Services at (253) 798-4020 to request this authorization form by mail or Download the LOA form online.
SoundGRO is the natural choice fertilizer product for your landscaped areas and vegetable gardens. SoundGRO® is a slow-release fertilizer that contains nutrients and micronutrients that are vital for the healthy growth of your plants. SoundGRO® fertilizer is manufactured at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and is made from solids that are removed from the wastewater treatment process known as biosolids. SoundGRO® meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) highest standards for biosolid safety and is classified as Class A "Exceptional Quality" product. Learn how SoundGRO is manufactured.
SoundGRO is well suited to home, commercial and agricultural uses. It can be applied anywhere you would use traditional commercial fertilizer and is perfect for shrubs, trees, garden beds, ornamental grasses and in farming. Because of statewide fertilizer restrictions, SoundGRO is not approved for general use on turf, but is excellent for establishing new grass and repairing damaged lawns using either seed or sod.
Order requests are accepted online through www.soundgro.com only and are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. For current information on availability and specials, sign up for the SoundGRO Mailing List.
Due to construction activities at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, direct bag sales were discontinued to protect public safety. Individual bags may be available locally through retail distributors.
SoundGRO and TAGRO are both made locally from Class A “Exceptional Quality” biosolids. While the City of Tacoma blends their biosolids with organic material and other soil products to make TAGRO, Pierce County dries our biosolids into a small pellet. If you have good results with one product, you may also find success with the other but in a different application.
SoundGRO is a slow release fertilizer with a very low salt-index compared to traditional chemical based fertilizers. The nitrogen in SoundGRO is broken down by microorganisms in the soil before being absorbed by the plant. Slow-release prevents initial growth spurts in plants. It also ensures that the fertilizer works over a longer period of time, reducing the number of fertilizer applications required in a year. SoundGRO does not need to be watered in.
Most fertilizers contain small amounts of heavy metals. Several metals such as zinc are beneficial for human health and essential to healthy plant growth. Metals like lead and arsenic may pose a risk to human health if concentration levels are too high. The EPA and WSDA have adopted strict content standards for these metals in biosolids fertilizer. SoundGro meets these standards.
Individual 50-pound bags may be available locally through one of our retail distributors. This list is provided as a courtesy only. Availability is not guaranteed. Please contact individual retailers for supply information.
Simply put, there’s no way to “turn up the tap” on our supply. Pierce County’s Sewer Division makes SoundGRO fertilizer from byproducts of the wastewater treatment process. SoundGRO supply is limited by inflow to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. On average, we can produce about 40 tons per week.
Did you know? Pouring water in unused drains also keeps harmful gases emitted from the sewer system from entering your home? It is good practice to regularly pour water in unused drains.
All properties contribute to the problem of surface water runoff, and they benefit from the county drainage system through flood control and improvements in water quality. All residents contribute to water pollution through daily activities such as vehicle driving, car washing, pet waste, and lawn fertilizing.
Starting in 2021, Surface Water Management has transitioned to a tiered rate structure with all parcels paying a Base Rate. Additional overlays based on service areas (Water Quality (WQ) and River) cover 25% of the total cost of providing these services. The remaining cost of these services is included in the base rate. Other changes include charging agriculture lands at a similar rate to single family residences (SFR) and removing exemptions for federal lands.
- Identifying, designing, and constructing projects to reduce the risk of flood damage and to improve water quality - Working to prevent further impacts to floodplains and natural waterways through regulations, property acquisition, education and outreach, and other methods - Inspecting and providing technical assistance for more than 2,200 private and public stormwater facilities - Collecting water samples and tracking water quality trends to help protect stream, drinking water, swimming areas, and shellfish beds from polluted runoff - Maintaining levees along the Puyallup, White, Carbon, and Nisqually Rivers - Responding to more than 1,000 customer service calls per year regarding flooding, water pollution, and drainage problems - Coordinating salmon recovery efforts in Pierce County
More than $24.2 million annually is generated from SWM Utility service charges. The county also pursues state and federal grants to offset the cost of some services.
The cost of providing SWM services is also covered by other revenue sources, including real-estate excise tax (REET) and federal and state grants.
SWM Utility service charges may be reduced if you have a stormwater drainage system that meets certain conditions. For more information, visit www.piercecountywa.org/swmcredit or call (253) 798-2725.
The SWM Utility service charges have been adjusted several times, largely due to the increased cost of constructing and maintaining the county-wide drainage system and aging levee system. In addition, SWM Utility service charges fund the county’s requirement to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act. The requirements for compliance are outlined in the municipal stormwater permit, which requires specific steps by the county to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff. Beginning in 2007, Pierce County requirements and the cost of complying with the Federal Clean Water Act increased significantly. More requirements took effect in August 2013. Some of these requirements include: - Inspections and maintenance of the entire County drainage system - Inspections and maintenance of county roadways and property - Business-inspection program - Technical assistance to home and business owners to reduce pollution - Water quality monitoring in local streams
As it does for all Pierce County utility rates, the Pierce County Council reviews, holds public hearings, and adopts SWM Utility service charges by ordinance. Pierce County Code (PCC) 11.02 authorizes the creation, method of calculating service charges, and other requirements related to the SWM Utility. PCC 11.02 can be found on-line at www.piercecountywa.org/council.
Starting January 1, 2021, single-family residences pay a $125.31 annual service charge. Multi-family, mobile home parks, commercial, and other parcels pay a service charge based on the amount of impervious surface area (rooftop, paved areas, etc.) and gravel area on the parcel. Go to www.piercecountywa.org/servicecharge for the 2021 rate structure adopted by Pierce County Council.
The more impervious surface area a property has, the more stormwater runoff it will generate. This increased stormwater runoff has a greater impact on the public drainage system. Therefore, higher SWM Utility service charges are appropriate so the county can manage the quantity and quality of that excess runoff.
You may obtain a copy of claim forms and instructions from this website or contact Risk Management at (253) 798-7462 to have a claim form mailed to you.
2. Print and Complete BOTH the Pierce County Deferred Compensation application for an Emergency Hardship Withdrawal and either the ICMA-RC or ING (whichever plan you participate in) form.
3. Send the complete forms to Risk Management with a copy of your paystub and any supporting documents.
4. The forms will be reviewed by the deferred compensation hearing officer to determine if the request falls within IRS guidelines for an emergency hardship withdrawal. Either an approval or denial will be issued by the hearing officer.
5. If the request is approved, Risk Management will sign the appropriate forms and forward them to the correct contact at ICMA-RC or ING for processing. Processing typically takes 7 – 10 business days. The most efficient method is to request a direct deposit into your bank account.
6. If the request is denied, you will have an option to appeal the decision within 10 days of the receipt of the decision. To appeal a decision, contact Risk Management, 798-7462, to have an appeal scheduled.
Apply for a concealed pistol license through South Sound 911.
To obtain statistics about crime occurring in your neighborhood please use CommunityCrimeMap.com; this site provides citizens with access to maps of reported crimes around a designated address; users can sign up to receive updates on specific crime types within a specific distance of an address. To see the statistics for specific crimes please use PierceCountyCrimeData.org. For information about wanted fugitives, unidentified suspects, and other unsolved crimes in Pierce County go to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County.
Some crimes can be reported online on South Sound 911’s website by clicking on "File a Police/Sheriff Report". If your crime does not fit the online reporting criteria, call the non-emergency number at 253-287-4455, or go in person to the South Hill Precinct, 271 John Bananola Way E.
Criminal History can be obtained from the "ACCESS" program on the Washington State Patrol website, wsp.wa.gov. You may also obtain a synopsis called a DCH (Defendant Case History) from District Court located in room 239 on the 2nd floor of the County City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Please visit South Sound 911 for more information.
Firearms transfer applications for Pierce County residents are processed by South Sound 911.
Participation requires a commitment of one evening per week for 13 weeks. Each class lasts an average of 2-1/2 hours.
After receiving claim paperwork, the Property Room will place an ad in the Tacoma News Tribune. If no owner appears within the sixty day time period, the finder has thirty (30) days to claim the item for a $10.00 fee.
For Tacoma Municipal Court go to the City Attorney's office located on the 4th floor of the CCB. Defendants and spectators' parking will not be validated.
DAC WITNESSES ARE NOT VALIDATED FOR THEIR PARKING, they receive a witness fee and mileage only.
They should contact their attorney. They are required to appear. If they do not appear, a warrant may be issued.
Administration has a webpage which will give the names and phone numbers of all Superior Court Judges and Commissioners that perform weddings. They will need to contact the judge directly in order to set the date and find out what the fee is. This number is extension 253-798-5463, this is an inside line only. A Marriage Ceremony Providers list is posted on the web and can also be picked up in Room 334.
Check the public monitors on the first and second floors for the assigned courtroom number. The trial may still be assigned to the Criminal Division Presiding Judge (CDPJ). You may need to go to Courtroom 250 to see if/when the case is assigned to another courtroom for trial.
Animal Licenses: Auditor’s Office at the Pierce County Annex (253) 798-7427, Option 3
Against a Guardian ad Litem: Completed case: The individual must be a party to the case in order to file a complaint. Using the form available in Room 334, file the completed form and any supporting documents to the Calendar Coordinator in Room 334. The complaint will be reviewed by the GAL Committee. Open case: complaints that arise during the case should be addressed by the Commissioner or Judge hearing the case.
Against an Attorney: Direct any complaint against an attorney to: Washington State Bar Association 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98121-2330 (206) 727-8208 (800) 945-9722
Court Commissioners/Pro-tem Commissioners: Originals are filed with the Clerk’s Office, Room 110
Name changes are completed by Pierce County District Court, Room 239 of the County City Building. Forms can also be completed on their website.
For a transcript from a Commissioner hearing, go to Room 110 to request a copy of the disc. Requests for a transcript from a Judicial Department must be made through the Court Reporter. If that reporter is no longer with the court, the request can be made through Superior Court Administration.
Ex Parte matters are heard Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am and from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Check with Commissioner Services for current room location. Commissioner Calendar Schedules.
Yes. Hearings must be confirmed by noon, two (2) court days prior to the hearing date or your hearing will be cancelled.
Hearings may be confirmed by the following:
Internet at: LINX (Legal Information Network Exchange) By Phone: Call 253-798-6697 In Person: Go to Commissioner Services Department in Room 110-14 of the County-City Building, Tacoma, Washington and inform them you want to confirm your hearing.
Hearings may be cancelled by the following:
Room 110-14 on the first floor of the County City Building, 930 Tacoma Avenue South Tacoma, Washington.
Working copies must be delivered to or dropped off in Commissioners Services, room 110-14 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Avenue South Tacoma, Washington.
Look for the Public Monitors located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the County-City Building listing the parties names and/or case number indicating the courtroom number for your hearing. If you can not locate your case name or case number, go to Commissioner Services in Room 110-14.
You can contact the Court Facilitator by calling 253-798-3627 to schedule an appointment. The cost is $20.00.
For hearings before Judges, you should call the Judges’ Judicial Assistant at least three court days by noon prior to the scheduled hearing date.
Contact Information (Phone number where you can be reached)
Reasons CourtCall appearance is requested
The document must be received by the Commissioners’ Services Department at least three court days prior to the hearing date. Documents should be mailed (or delivered) to:
Pierce County Superior CourtCommissioner’s Services Dept, Room 140930 Tacoma Avenue SouthTacoma, WA 98402
For hearings before Judges: Make an oral request that details the reasons for your CourtCall request. This request should include the following information:
The request can be made orally to the Judge’s Judicial Assistant.
The Victim-Witness UnitUpholding the rights of victims is a top priority for the Prosecutor's Office. Victims and witnesses of crimes committed in Pierce County can contact the Victim Witness Assistance program for help. Victim-Witness staff provides the following services to thousands of victims every year: • Written notification of charges, scheduled court dates and victims rights. • Assistance in completing a Victim Impact Statement. • Referrals to local social service agencies and programs. • Accompaniment to court hearings and/or interviews related to the case. • Assistance in applying for Crime Victims Compensation. • Requests for restitution for financial loss incurred as a result of the crime. • Release of property that has been held as evidence, at conclusion of case.
If the Sheriff's Department does not receive an e-mail from the Prosecutors Office, the funds will not be released. Or, if the person who posted the bail does not come to the Sheriff's Department, the check will be sent to the person by mail.
Once the case has been charged and assigned a cause number, the bail money is automatically sent to the Clerk's Office. Once the case is closed and the Judgment and Sentence has been filed; the person seeking refund of the bail should go to the Judgments section of the Clerk's Office room 110.
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You must arrive by 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be heard before Ex Parte closes. Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Orders will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. except under extraordinary circumstances. Ex Parte matters shall be scheduled using the electronic kiosk sign in process. Attorneys shall use the dedicated kiosk in the Clerk's Office (Room 110) to electronically sign in and schedule Ex Parte matters. Non-Attorneys/Self represented parties shall report to Commissioner Services Department (Room 140) to sign in and schedule Ex Parte matters.
Exparte matters are heard on Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am and from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. in the County-City building in room 129.
Agreed orders already signed by both parties. Ex Parte Restraining Family Law emergency orders with contested issues that would cause irreparable damage if the order is not signed immediately. (The Declaration must detail the notice provided to the other party—if no notice is given, the court may reschedule the ex parte hearing to allow notice to the other party/attorney, or may waive notice if court rules and statutory requirements are met). If the hearing will last ten (10) minutes or more, Ex Parte may assign the matter to another courtroom as follows: a) Contested Family Law matters may be assigned to one of the Commissioners sitting in Civil Division A, B or C; b) Non Family Law matters that do not request injunctive relief maybe assigned to the Commissioner in Civil Division A. Admitting Wills to Probate (must have verified petition with evidence of estate solvency and the birth date of proposed personal representative). Orders of default which do not require notice to the opposing party. Default Judgments Finalization of Dissolutions of Marriage, Invalidity of Marriage and Legal Separations presented by attorneys (self-represented parties must schedule finalization of these matters on the Self-Represented/ Pro Se Friday morning dockets). Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in RCW 26.09 and 26.10 matters after the full retainer has been paid and proof of payment is provided to the court. Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in guardianship matters (public and private pay cases). Orders to shorten time/exceed cap for a hearing before a Superior Court Commissioner. Emergency orders restraining relocation pursuant to RCW 26.09.510. Motions to stay issuance of writs of restitution Orders to show cause for any matters heard by Commissioners. Filing fee waivers.
Adoptions. The ex parte adoption docket is held at Remann Hall. Call (253) 798-7973 for the Adoption Ex Parte present times. Order appointing adoption investigator no longer required. The Adoption Investigator is assigned when the case is filed.
Finalization of Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation or Invalidity for parties not represented by attorneys. These matters must be scheduled on the self-represented/pro se dissolution docket. (Friday mornings).
Finalization of Minor Guardianship cases.
Requests for civil injunctive relief. These matters shall go to the Presiding Judge pursuant to PCLR 65.
For further information on interpreter's issues please contact Interpreter Services at (253) 798-6091.
To serve as a juror you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Pierce County and able to communicate in English. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you must have had your rights restored.
You have just received your Blue Post Card and you need to respond as soon as you can. We need to know if you are planning on coming or not. Here are 2 ways to respond:
WEB – to let us know I if you are coming or not. Log in, with your badge number and your date of birth. Go through all 4 steps. The last step has several choices. Look this page over carefully if you are needing to be excused.
Phone line – to accept only.
If you have responded and are planning on coming, we will send you a red and white summons with your group number and parking information. You will be expected to start check our web site “Next Day Call In” the Friday before your report date and listen for instructions for your group number.
We are sorry if we have summoned your loved one at this time and we send our condolences. We will do our best to remove them from our database, but we need your help. We receive and update our jury data once a year from the State. To assist in removing your loved one from remaining in the database, please contact both the Driver's License Office and the Voter's Registration Office at the Auditor's Office.
Report a deceased juror from voter registration list:
Report a deceased juror at DOL (Drivers License):
send a copy of the death certificate by one of the following methods:
• Submit a letter on letterhead from your company or company you are employed for and have your supervisor sign it. • It must state they do not compensate for jury duty or it is an undue hardship to release you to serve.
• Submit a letter from your physician. • Do not send lists of medications or copies of disability paperwork we will not excuse you. • The letter must be completed by an expert in the medical field. Undue Hardship
• An undue hardship would be dependent care for your child or an elderly adult or disabled child or adult.• Please note if you are a caretaker of a disabled child or adult we will require a letter from their physician stating you are their primary care provider.
All Excusals may be sent, emailed or faxed to our office
• Jury Administration930 Tacoma Ave S, Rm 123Tacoma, WA 98402• Fax 253-798-7057• Email Address [email protected]
Not Qualified To Serve As a Juror In Pierce County
• Felony Conviction and rights have not been restored• Do not speak English• Not a US Citizen• No longer live in Pierce County.
Jury Duty Postponements
• You may postpone only ONE time up 6 months from the date you have been selected to serve Jury Duty.• Do not postpone to future date to obtain an excusal• Postponements may not be excused. Once selected it is a firm date, the court will expect you to serve on that date
Be sure to bring the portion of your summons that says 'JUROR' in bold letters with the Juror Badge number (with bar code), parking pass, etc. on it when you report in for jury duty.
Since there can be extended periods of time when you will not be required in the courtroom, you may want to bring a book or magazine. You may bring your laptop computer. There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the jury room. The jury room is equipped with games, puzzles, books, and magazines.
DO NOT bring any metal silverware, items with a sharp edge, or heavy metal belts/buckles.
We no longer send out a confirmation you have been excused or postponed.
You can check your status by logging back into our Jury Response phone line or the Jury response web site. You will be given a status of 'You have been excused', 'You are not qualified' (if there is a problem accessing our system, please call us) or 'You are not eligible' (because your jury service date is too far out in the future). If you will be reporting for your Jury service date, it will say 'You are expected'.
Failure to appear is a misdemeanor pursuant to RCW 2.36.170. If you do not report on your scheduled date, you will receive a notice indicating you have failed to appear and that it is a misdemeanor and you may be held in contempt of court. Please know that we will never call and demand payment from you because of non attendance. Please see the Juror Alert page regarding Scams.
Give yourself 30 minutes after arrival to find a parking space and to come through the County-City Building security check point.
Please be on time whenever you are told to report. This is especially important when serving on a case since the entire proceeding can be delayed because of the tardiness of one juror.
We provide work slips. This is a letter from us to you and will list the dates of your jury service.
You can print your own work slip by going to our website. Look for 'Print - Jury Attendance Report'. Input your badge number and date of birth. You or your employer can print a work slip listing the days you have been marked here into attendance for jury duty.
Call or come in and we will print a work slip for you. We will also mail, FAX or e-mail it to you.
Swoon is a new interactive public art structure located in the Central Meadow close to the Chambers Creek bridge entrance. This is a permanent structure for the public to place locks (or commonly known as “love locks”) onto. The metal poles are a representation of the natural environment of the grass swaying in the wind at Chambers Creek Regional Park and are designed in a way to capture the industrial history of the site.
We ask that you do not climb, hang from, or bend the reeds in order to place a lock. Please don’t use a lock to connect multiple reeds or add string or other materials to connect reeds. Locks are meant to stack vertically on top of one another. The County reserves the right to remove locks that are deemed unsafe or damage the artwork. Locks will be properly recycled.
The new key receptacles are a permanent solution for you to “throw away the key”. In the past, keys have been tossed into the Puget Sound which pose a threat to marine life and the environment. Please use the key receptacles and protect the local marine life.
Pierce County’s Arts Commission selected a design for a public art piece at Chambers Creek Regional Park that compels people to place ‘love locks’ onto the art structure instead of the existing bridge cables. The artist/architect is Rohleder Borges Architecture.
This project was funded by the Pierce County 1% for the Arts Program. This program supports our mission to increase access to the arts for all Pierce County residents through a lasting legacy of publicly held artwork located in county-owned or county-leased facilities. For more information, visit www.PierceCountyWA.gov/Arts or email [email protected].
No. Unfortunately, over the years the locks have caused damage to the bridge’s cables. The extra weight to the cables creates a structural issue, which is a safety hazard for the train tracks below the bridge. Over the years, we’ve removed problematic locks and recycled them. But due to the popularity of the site, a permanent solution was needed that is sustainable for County taxpayers, the community at large, and the bridge.
We want the community to continue to show off their “love locks” and that is why we installed Swoon, a new interacting public art structure near the bridge. We are excited for this new artwork and welcome old and new locks to be added to it!
Please remove your lock by Sunday, April 16, 2023. You will either need a key or remember your lock combination to remove the lock.
All locks remaining on the bridge after April 16 will be removed and properly recycled. Locks will not be kept after April 16.
Please reach out to Bret Burgess, [email protected], to coordinate a time before April 16.
There is no such thing as a “normal” trial. Each trial is unique in the amount of evidence presented, and the number of witnesses and experts called to testify. This trial is expected to take between 8-12 weeks. The duration of a trial is affected by many factors and could shorten or lengthen due to events that transpire during the trial.
Court Reporter transcripts, while public record, are not made part of the court file. They are the property of the court reporter and must be requested directly from the court reporter for a fee. The court reporters set the timeline on when requests from members of the public will be filled. Pierce County Superior Court does not utilize digital court recording equipment in our trial courtrooms. There have been digital court recordings of one proceeding in this high-profile trial. The original arraignment was recorded in Courtroom 270 which is our high-volume criminal arraignment courtroom and does not use a court reporter. A recording of that proceeding can be requested through the Pierce County Superior Court Clerk’s Office for a fee.
Court staff or judicial officers cannot provide legal advice and cannot discuss judicial decisions outside of the court hearing. If there are concerns about the decisions of a judicial officer those are brought up by the parties in the appeal process.
While the trial is scheduled to run Monday-Thursday, 9-12/1:30-4, there is no guarantee that court will be in session when you are able to watch. There are many reasons why the trial might not occur when you are able to view. There are times due to witness/expert availability or a question the parties are trying to answer for the judge that cause the court to be shut down for full or partial day. There will likely be very little advanced notice that court is not proceeding. Being in receipt of a seat in the gallery does not guarantee court will be in session.
The court will not record the livestream. This also means the day’s proceedings will not be rebroadcast by the court later in the day. Members of the media will have access to the courtroom and may have coverage of the trial.
Voir Dire is the process of jury selection and is expected to take the first two weeks of the trial. Pierce County Superior Court does not livestream jury selection. There will be limited gallery seating for the public and members of the media during the jury selection process. There will also be space in the courtroom for families of the defense and the state. The seating process will be the same as for when the trial begins. Please check back on the trial website for further instructions.
The court does not broadcast the evidence presented to the jury over the livestream. The livestream feed does show the large monitor in the courtroom where evidence will be displayed for the jury and the audio will be broadcast as part of the livestream.
The court is required to have an open courtroom. Our courtrooms are open to the public and livestreaming is only a way to increase transparency for the public. If the livestream feed goes down, the court will work as quickly as possible to restore the livestream but stopping court proceedings is up to the judge presiding over the case. The livestream is subject to available bandwidth and resources.
Local media outlets are also livestreaming from the courtroom while court is in session.
The court has no way of knowing when deliberations will begin. As the end of the trial draws nearer, the court may have a better understanding of when deliberations may begin. The court does not know how long a jury may take to deliberate on a verdict.
Courtroom 323 has a capacity for 36 members of the public. They will be seated during the trial in the last five rows of the right side of the courtroom.
Pierce County Superior Court conducts around 600 trials (jury and non-jury) per year. This means that all judicial departments and commissioner courtrooms will be active during the trial. Superior Court is not the only jurisdiction in the County City Building. District Court and Tacoma Municipal Court will also be conducting normal operations in the building.
The State (prosecutor) sits closest to the jury box. In Courtroom 323 the “State” side is on the left side of the courtroom. You may notice this extends to the gallery as well. Additional attorneys and staff for the Attorney General’s Office and family members of Manny Ellis are also seated on the left side of the courtroom. The defense side (right side) includes additional attorneys and staff for the defense along with defendant’s family members. Because of the physical layout of this courtroom, including the large pillar on the left side, the available additional seating is on the right side of the courtroom. As a result, members of the public are seated only on the right side of the courtroom.
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