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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 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.
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, however the full year Personal Property amounts plus interest and/or penalties and collection costs must be paid if the first-half payment is not paid by April 30. You may still pay the first half payment of a Real Property tax plus interest and penalties up through the October 30. Exact amounts due may be obtained by calling the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office at (253) 798-6111.
The 2022 auction will be held online with Bid4Assets facilitating the auction. The auction will open at 8:30 am on Monday, November 7, 2022 and close on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. A re-offer auction of properties will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022. 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.
Questions regarding the original move of a manufactured/mobile home should be directed to the Washington State Office of Manufactured Housing @ 1-800-964-0852, select option 2 then 1.
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.
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. If marriage date is unknown, an $8.00 search fee is applicable. The search fee would apply to each 5 year search increment. 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.
- You will request certified copies either through our drop box system at the Annex using a Request for Marriage Records form available in the lobby or by mailing your request 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
Here are the instructions for petitioning the Court to restore your firearm rights. Instructions for Restoration of Firearm Rights
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.
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.
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].
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
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. The District Court’s Community Resource Center is located directly across the street from the CCB at 925 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma WA, 98402.
Drug Addiction Reduction Team or DART works to rehabilitate individuals involved in the criminal justice system to achieve recovery from illicit substances by partnering with community providers to provide the tools necessary to sustain recovery. For more information, check out our website: Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) | Pierce County
At this time, the Pierce County District Court does not offer a Mental Health Therapeutic Court.
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.
Visit out website at Therapeutic Courts | Pierce County for information.
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.
Contact Bob Laughlin, at [email protected] or (253) 798-3095.
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: Bo Welch, EEO/ADA Specialist 253-798-2909 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.
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.
- 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.
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
Duties of the CASA/GAL are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
CASA/GALs are appointed by judges to represent the best interest of children involved in the dependency court system. The CASA/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 CASA/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 CASA/GAL believes is in the child’s best interest.
See RCW 13.34.105
Staff advocates are called GALs (Guardians ad litem). Duties of the CASA and GAL are the same and are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
The priority is to assign children a CASA if one is available. Approximately half of the children in dependency court have a CASA, and the other half have a staff GAL.
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
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!
No, a permit is required.
Inspections can be scheduled by using our online permits website or by using our telephone PASS system.
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)
If you did not catch your inspector before he or she has left for the field, you will not normally get a call back until the next working day. We do, however, make every effort to return all calls within one working day.
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.
Fill out the Refund Request Form and submit it to the PALS Accounting Section. If you have any questions regarding your request please call us at (253) 798-2619.
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.
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.
1. Request for Removal of Development Moratorium. Used to lift development moratorium from entire parcel. Public hearing and Hearing Examiner approval required;2. Request for Single-Family Dwelling Exception. Used to allow development of a single-family residence and accessory structures/uses on an undivided area up to 2 acres in size. The development moratorium remains in effect on the remainder of parcel until it expires. You must wait until the approved forest practices permit expires before submitting an application for a SFDE when the harvest was permitted through an FPA. You must wait at least two years to submit an application from the date the moratorium was imposed when the harvest was unpermitted All impacts to Critical Areas must be mitigated and reforestation must either be bonded or completed (except where reforestation was not required by the forest practices permit) to obtain approval. No public notice or hearing.
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.
Planning and Land Services 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.
Please use our About My Property website, it returns the zoning of a parcel along with other information that could effect a development proposal.
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) 798-4900 or (253) 798-7290.
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. Site development inspections may also be requested by calling the Permit Application Status System (PASS) at (253) 798-4900.
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 are:
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.
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 either CrimeReports.com or CommunityCrimeMap.com; these sites provide 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. 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.
Animal Licenses: Auditor’s Office at the Pierce County Annex (253) 798-7427, Option 3
Against an Attorney: Direct any complaint against an attorney to:Washington State Bar Association2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 400Seattle, WA 98121-2330(206) 727-8208(800) 945-9722
Court Commissioners/Pro-tem Commissioners: Originals are filed with the Clerk’s Office, Room 110
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.
Treatment resources document
You must arrive by 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be heard before the Ex Parte Department 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.
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, the Ex Parte Department 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.
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 Non-Parental Custody matters.
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
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.
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.