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Planning and Development Services

Our Mission

Partner with the community to build a livable, sustainable and safe City by providing strategic, timely, predictable, cost effective planning and development services with a culture focused on community engagement, customer service, creativity, accountability and continuous improvement.

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We guide community growth and development in a manner that protects environmental resources, enhances quality of life, promotes distinctive neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown, and involves citizens in the decisions that affect them.

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We provide pre-development consultations, plan reviews, permitting and inspections for residential, commercial, industrial, and site related development. We also process multiple types of land use permits for future development.

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Historic Preservation

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We provide support to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which oversees design review for alterations to City Landmarks and building within historic districts, maintains the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, and reviews and approves financial incentives for projects involving historic buildings.


Neighborhood Planning

This program provides enhanced planning and development

support to help communities create strong, vibrant, and

diverse neighborhoods. Led by residents fromMcKinley Ave

the neighborhood and informed by community engagement processes, the Neighborhood Planning Program will consider immediate ways to make your surroundings more livable. The goal of a neighborhood planning process is not just creating and implementing a plan, the process itself is also a tool to help improve communities through building community capacity, constituent energy, relationships/partnerships, and
co-creation opportunities for residents to shape their own


Urban Design Studio

The Urban Design Studio (UDS) supports efforts to enhance and ensure a high-quality built environment throughout the city of Tacoma. Specific responsibilities include management of the Urban Design Project Review (UDPR) program, supporting the Urban Design Board, and support for a range of strategic projects with partners in the Planning and Development Services Department, other City departments, as well as external public and private groups.


Projects of Interest

Spotlight South Tacoma

We’ve been hearing your questions about upcoming City of Tacoma initiatives, as well as other projects that will impact the future of South Tacoma. We’re holding multiple events in 2024 to better understand your questions, concerns, and vision for the future, and to identify ways that we can collaborate with you on making that vision a reality.


Learn more about what's going on in South Tacoma

Tideflats Subarea Plan

Subarea planning allows for the establishment of a shared, long term vision, and a more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in a focused area. Completion of the Tideflats Subarea Plan will support ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing and Industrial Center. The Plan is being jointly funded and developed in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County, and the City of Fife.

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Pacific Avenue Subarea Plan & EIS

We are partnering with the community to create "Picture Pac Ave," a long-term vision for growth and development that will guide future investments and support planned transit improvements along Pacific Avenue from approximately I-5 to South 96th Street. Picture Pac Ave provides an opportunity to support businesses, improve safety and walkability, and enhance the quality, availability, and affordability of housing along the Pacific Avenue corridor to benefit both existing and future Tacomans.


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Home in Tacoma Project

As part of the City's Affordable Housing Action Strategy, we are launching the Home in Tacoma Project to evaluate diverse housing types and inclusionary zoning options throughout Tacoma. The intent is to increase housing supply, create affordable housing options, and to increase the choice of housing types throughout our neighborhoods.

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Grant Center for the Expressive Arts

The Grant Center for the Expressive Arts is an elementary school located at 1018 North Prospect Street.  The Tacoma School District will be demolishing the existing elementary school and constructing a new one-story, pre-kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school.

To view the current status of inspections, please visit Accela and search record numbers DEMOC18-0016, BLDCN18-0007, and SDEV18-0033.

Proctor South – 3911 North 25th Street

The Proctor South building has been issued to allow a construction of a six-story, mixed-use building.  The building will include 136 dwelling units, 7,700 square feet of commercial space, and 141 parking spaces.  The site is located in the North End Neighborhood.


To view the current status of inspections, please visit Accela and search record numbers BLDCN16-0102 & BLDCN16-0113

Pt. Ruston Building 7

Construction of a new seven-story mixed-use building. The building will include 194 residential units, 20,000 square feet of commercial space, and structured parking for 244 vehicles.

To view the current status of inspections, please visit Accela and search record number BLDCN18-0015.

Baker Building @ Pt. Ruston

Construction of 84 condominiums, 94 apartments, 14,500 square feet of commercial space and a three-level parking garage.

To view the current status of permits and inspections, please visit 
Accela and search record number BLDCN16-0086.

PSE Proposed Tideflats LNG Facility

For more information about the PSE Proposed Tideflats LNG Facility project, please visit the project's website.

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Contact Information

Tacoma Municipal Building
Third Floor
747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402


Lobby/Walk-in Hours
Beginning April 18, 2022, limited in-person services will be offered from 9 AM to 1 PM, Monday through Thursday by appointment only. Click here to schedule an appointment.


Available by Phone
8 AM to 5 PM

Monday - Friday

except observed holidays

(253) 591-5030
Fax: (253) 591-5433
Tacoma Permits

Director's Office
(253) 591-5525