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Planning and Development Services has launched a Commercial Project Report that is now available to the public online.  The Project Report retrieves information for commercial projects within the City valued at over $100,000 and sorts the projects by Council District.  The report only provides project information for pre-application meetings and permit applications that have had an action in the permit system within the last 30 days.  For example, an action could be a change to the permit status from “Permit Issued” to “Certificate of Occupancy”.

To access the report, go to and select the Commercial Project Report link.  There is no need to log in or register for an account.  If you’d like to know more about the status of any of the projects listed on the report, you can find more information using the instructions on this Tip Sheet: Permit and Inspection Status.


For the first time, Planning & Development Services is offering a selection of permits that customers can obtain completely on their own, called ePermits.

ePermits allows customers to complete their application, pay the required fee, and print the permit from their office or home.  This service will be available 24/7 to the customer through their permitting account. These permits are:

  • Commercial Roof Overlay
  • Commercial Strip and Reroof
  • Detached Accessory Structure Demolition with Plumbing
  • Detached Accessory Structure Demolition without Plumbing
  • Ductless Unit Installation
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Alarm Transmitter
  • Fire Sprinkler
  • Irrigation System Backflow Preventer
  • Mechanical Unit Replacement
  • Residential Roof Overlay
  • Residential Siding Replacement
  • Residential Water Connection Repair
  • Residential Water Heater Replacement
  • Residential Window Replacement
  • Small Residential Demolition
  • Street Tree

For nearly all of these permits, the applicant will apply online, assure they are in compliance with city codes, pay online, print the permit, and proceed with work. The work will be subject to inspection.

Click here to access Tacoma Permits to log in, or create an account, and apply for your ePermit.


City of Tacoma Planning and Development Services

New Building Codes in Effect July 1, 2016

Permit applications which are governed by the ICC codes, and which are deemed complete after July 1, 2016, shall meet the minimum criteria of the 2015 code edition as amended by the State of Washington and the City of Tacoma.

Codes affected are:

  • Building (IBC)
  • Residential (IRC)
  • Fire (IFC)
  • Existing Building (IEBC)
  • Mechanical (IMC)
  • Fuel & Gas Code (IFGC)
  • Plumbing (UPC)
  • Washington State Energy Code (WSEC)

Applications submitted before July 1, 2016, and their subsequent revisions, will be reviewed under the 2012 code edition as amended by the State of Washington and the City of Tacoma.

For more information contact Planning and Development Services at


Planning & Development Services Hours
Effective Monday, November 30, the Planning and Development Services lobby will once again be open on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. The office will remain open until 4:30 p.m. (last customer check-in at 4:00). Thank you all for your patience as we have taken time to train staff in our new permitting software.

Office hours:
Monday and Friday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Take this survey!
As you may know, PDS has been testing a requirement that inspections be requested by 3:00 p.m. the day before the inspection. We would like some feedback from our customers before we extend this requirement. Please take a short survey by clicking here.



Currently, the City of Tacoma is addressing the ease, simplicity and predictability of its permitting process. To that end, the City’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDS) is initiating the creation of a Unified Development Code (UDC).

The UDC will provide a predictable, customer service-oriented process allowing for increased economic development and investment. It will also protect the natural, built, social and cultural assets that define a unique sense of community.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please visit the UDC website.



Beginning July 6th, walk-in availability of Commercial Building Code reviewers will be replaced with our new Coaching Appointment service. Customers may schedule appointments with specific reviewers for Commercial Building Code questions and small-project review online by submitting Pre-Application Request at Tacoma Permits. Appointments may also be scheduled in-person at Planning and Development Services. The Coaching Appointment Tip Sheet explains more about the appointment-based service and how to plan for a successful meeting.



Storm Water Management Manual Updates

The new deadline for adoption of the new Storm Water Management Manual (SWMM) , and code updates as related to the SWMM and LID (including updates to the City of Tacoma Design Manual and Standard Plans) is January 7, 2016.  Please visit SWMM webpage for additional information.