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ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The City of Tacoma is committed to establishing and maintaining an accessible community. We want all of our community members to enjoy the benefits of our programs, services, and activities. We recognize that access is not only a civil right, but our social responsibility to uphold and promote diversity and inclusion.

We are excited to share our progress with you. The following are a few ways the City is promoting equal access.

The City’s ADA Transition Plan was revised, and approved by City Council in 2008. It was then updated again on February 2, 2013.

Nine cross-functional work groups and three sub-work groups have been created to address each area of the Transition Plan. Each group is in various stages of identification, prioritization, and removal of ADA barriers. Learn more about the work groups.

In 2007, the City of Tacoma completed an ADA assessment of all 74 City owned facilities; each facility has been prioritized for barrier removal. To date, the City has allocated $5 million and ADA retrofits are underway.  

We are promoting accessible routes through careful design and construction of curb ramps and sidewalks. For further details, visit City of Tacoma GIS HUB.

The Commission on Disabilities has designated a sub-committee to address the misuse of disability parking. The City has dedicated parking enforcement staff that focus on disability parking; Between November 2008 and June 2010, staff issued 4,274 disability parking citations.


If you wish to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the
provisions of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City of Tacoma, view the City of Tacoma Grievance Procedures under the Americans with Disabilities Act.