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Tacoma Permit Advisory Group

We believe that improving our process means our community receives better services, which is why the Tacoma City Council adopted Resolution 40967 to establish the Tacoma Permit Advisory Group in May 2022. 


This action built upon the establishment of the Tacoma Permit Advisory Task Force in 2017.   

Advisory group members are appointed by the City Manager to: 

  • Review, discuss, and provide recommendations for the improvement of City policies, codes, and procedures for the issuance of residential and commercial permits to the City Manager and Tacoma City Council 

  • Review best practices in peer communities.  

  • Monitor implementation progress of improvements and recommend adjustments if needed. 

  • Review and provide recommendations to the City Manager and City Council regarding proposed City policies and laws, which affect the development code and the permitting system. 

  • Establish guiding principles to guide policy and best practice recommendations made by the Advisory Group. 


Members are representative of a broad base of permit applicants or other development stakeholders who routinely apply for permits or engage directly with City staff on development proposals. By January 1, 2025, it is the intention of the Council that at least half of the membership reside in the City of Tacoma.   


Each member will be appointed for a 2-year term, for a maximum of three terms (six years total)  


The Advisory Group has 18 members who represent industries and the community.  

  • At-large members (7) 

  • Industry-specific members (11)   

  • Retail  

  • Healthcare  

  • Hospitality

  • Public Sector  

  • Residential Contractor/Developer 

  • Commercial Contractor/Developer  

  • Land Use Attorney   

  • Urban Design  

  • Architect  

  • Civil Engineer 

  • Affordable Housing  


Become a Member of Tacoma's Permit Advisory Group 

People interested in joining the group should complete and submit an application. 


All applications must be submitted to via email at permitadvisorygroup@cityoftacoma.org. All applications will be reviewed by the TPAG chair, co-chairs, and City staff. They may conduct interviews of the most qualified candidates before making a candidate recommendation to the Tacoma City Manager. 

Staff Contact

Terry Forslund 


(253) 502-2298 

Planning and Development Services 


Meeting Information 

2 PM Third Wednesday of the month 

Zoom Link  

By phone: (253)215-8782 | Passcode: 193952 

Zoom Webinar ID: 831 4233 8104


Additional Information 

General Inquiries: email