What is a “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land”?
A “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land” is a form that was, until July 21, 2007, required to be filled out as part of an application for a Class II or Class III forest practices permit without an approved COHP. The Notice was brought to the Pierce County Planning and Land Services Department to verify that the landowner(s) name on the Notice was consistent with the landowner(s) indicated in the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s records. The form was then stamped by Pierce County and returned to the DNR’s office in Enumclaw as part of the Class II and Class III forest practices permitting process. The Notice was not required to be filled out when the parcel was zoned Designated Forest Land (FL) by the Pierce County Zoning Code, Title 18A. The form was ultimately recorded at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office under the landowners name as indicated on the Notice. Effective July 22, 2007, the State Legislature amended the State Forest Practices Rules to no longer require completion and recording of the Notice. However, Title 18H still requires the imposition of a 6-year development moratorium on a parcel in association with an approved Class II or Class III FPA.

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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?