Inspections

*Inspection requests must be received by 3pm to be scheduled for the next day.*

How to…
Schedule inspections online at Tacoma Permits (ACA)
Schedule inspections by phone (253) 573-2587
Find out which inspection type is needed
Find out which inspector is assigned

View inspection history / results

Electrical Inspections
Contact Tacoma Public Utilities  directly at (253) 502-8277 to schedule electrical inspections.

To coordinate a time for your inspection (call between 7:30-8:30 the day of your inspection), see our Inspectors Tip Sheet to find your inspector name and contact information.

A lock-box may be used for the inspector to access the building, only if there are no personal possessions in the building or on the property (no furniture or any other belongings on the premises).  It is your responsibility to coordinate with your inspector on lock-box information.  You may do this by scheduling online or by coordinating with your inspector the morning of your inspection.

Reinspection Fees
Reinspections are considered additional effort by the City’s Planning and Development Services staff that have not been included in the original permit cost. City inspectors have limited time at each site and therefore, must have all necessary information as well as clear access to the completed work at the time of their arrival. The approved plans and permit card must also be immediately available to the inspector upon his/her arrival. Cancellation of inspections must occur by 6:00 AM on the day of the inspection. City inspectors may arrive at the site as early as 8:00 AM; therefore, it should be planned to have all work completed and ready for inspection by 8:00 AM on the day of the inspection.

Reinspection fees will be charged per authorized fee code Title 2.09 under the following circumstances:

  1. Work for which the inspection has been scheduled is not completed when the inspector arrives on site.
  2. Clear access to the inspection area has not been provided at the time of the inspector’s arrival.

This policy applies to reinspections for building, plumbing and mechanical permits issued by the department of Planning and Development Services.

Appeal of a reinspection fee?
If you were issued a re-inspection fee that you believe was un-warranted, you may appeal the fee by submitting a written explanation of the circumstances. The appeal must be submitted to our office at: Planning & Development Services, 747 Market St Rm 345, Tacoma WA, 98402 or via e-mail at: pdsinspection@cityoftacoma.org

The appeal must include the following items:

  1. Written explanation for appeal submitted in writing
  2. Include owner/contractor name
  3. Include contact phone and email address
  4. Include Permit number and address

A Decision will be rendered within three (3) business days