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The City Clerk oversees the City Council's agenda and business meetings, retains the official record of all formal meetings of the City Council, acts as the custodian of the City seal and official City records, and codifies all Ordinances into the Municipal Code. The City Clerk also serves as the City's municipal election official and assists in the initiative and referendum process.



The City Clerk's Office receives appeals to the City Council, distributes copies to appropriate departments, sends a variety of notices to appellants and/or applicants, publishes notices of appeal hearings, and maintains files on appeals.

Claims for Damages

The City Clerk's Office receives claims for damages. You may download the Claim for Damages Form and Instructions or request these materials from the City Clerk's Office. If you have submitted a claim and would like to know the status, please contact the City Attorney's Office at (253) 591-5885.

Claim for Damages Form and Instructions

Updates on Claims for Damages 

The City of Tacoma is receiving an unprecedented number of new claims for damages. Because of our limited staffing there will now be a significant delay in the processing of claims for damages. When you file a claim for damages, please understand it may be 2-4 months before you will be sent a formal acknowledgment letter from the City. This acknowledgment letter will advise you of your claim number and that the investigation into the matter has begun. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you. Should you have questions regarding a claim for damages please contact Lauren Ryker at lryker@cityoftacoma.org. 



The City Clerk is the election official for the City and can answer inquiries relating to running for municipal elections or the referendum and initiative process. Please contact the City Clerk at (253) 591-5361 for assistance with elections.


Additional information can be accessed through the Pierce County Auditor's Office or Pierce County Auditor's Office located at 2501 South 35th Street, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409.



The City Clerk's Office has City of Tacoma flags available for purchase. Please click on the following link to view and/or purchase an official City of Tacoma flag.


Public Disclosure Requests [Public Records Office]

Requests for public records are now handled by the citywide Public Records Office.


The Public Records Office processes requests for Public Records on behalf of all departments at the City of Tacoma. See the Public Records Center site - www.cityoftacoma.org/PDR.

Contact Us 

733 Market Street
Room 11
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5505



City Clerk
Doris Sorum