What is a Development Moratorium?
A Forest Practices Development Moratorium is a restriction placed on a parcel as a result of logging conducted as a Class II, III, or Class IV-Special Forest Practices, OR certain Forest Practices which are commenced without a Forest Practice authorization. A development moratorium prohibits Pierce County from accepting permit applications for the development of land (i.e. septic permit, well permit, building permit, site development permit, formal subdivision, short plat, large lot division, Conditional Use Permit, and Site Plan Review). The development moratorium lasts for a period of six years or until a request to remove the moratorium is approved by Pierce County.

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1. What is a Forest Practice?
2. What is Forest Land?
3. What is a Merchantable Stand of Timber?
4. Who regulates Forest Practices in Pierce County?
5. How do I determine if I need a Forest Practices permit to harvest my timber?
6. What is a Class IV-General forest practice?
7. How much does a Class IV-General forest practices permit cost?
8. What is a Development Moratorium?
9. Why is a Development Moratorium imposed on a parcel?
10. What is a “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land”?
11. Can I develop my parcel when there is a 6-Year Development Moratorium on it?
12. Where can I look to see if a parcel has a 6-Year Development Moratorium?
13. Can a Development Moratorium be removed?
14. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to install a septic system and/or well?
15. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to clear my parcel for my future home?
16. What is a Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP)?
17. Do I have to pay any taxes on the timber I harvest?
18. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down danger/hazard trees?
19. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down a “few” trees?
20. How can I find or look at Forest Practices application being reviewed by the State?