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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.
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