COVID Update

Update as of June 3

The City and Planning & Development Services Department recognizes that this is a stressful time for many, and want to continue to reassure you that your health, as well as the health of our employees and community members, remains a top priority. In an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID19, the City is requiring all employees to work from home when possible.

Additionally information from prior updates can be found here

Governor’s Safe Start Washington Phased Re-opening Plan

On Monday, June 1, Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Phased Reopening Plan went into effect. Under the plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry. The Governor’s website is continually updated and provides business specific requirements. Additionally, PDS has developed a document to assist with questions related to business occupancy as they pertain to dine-in restaurants, taverns, retail establishments and indoor fitness centers.

Pierce County has applied to enter into Phase II and is currently pending review by the Governor’s Office. As we move through the various phases of the Safe Start Order, businesses will need to review requirements to ensure they remain compliant with the most current State guidelines.

All issues regarding worker health and safety are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

  • Employers can request COVID-19 prevention advice and help from DOSH.
  • Employee Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the DOSH Safety Call Center: 1-800-423-7233 or via e-mail to
  • General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the State’s Business Response Center.
  • Violations related to Proclamation 20-25 can be submitted here.

Permit Extensions

In response to delays to construction and permitting related to COVID-19, PDS will be granting permit extensions to all building and development permits until November 1, 2020. The extension does not apply to most land use permits, which have different regulatory requirements and generally are active for up to 5 years. However, short plats and plat subdivisions will be granted extensions for the filing of Final Plat through a Director’s Rule.

You may still receive automatic email notifications that your permit is scheduled to expire; however, the permits will remain active until November 1st. If you have questions about your permit expiration, please contact us via email.

WABO Training – June 15 to 19

PDS will have limited staff available due to annual trainings from June 15-19, 2020. Inspections will continue to be offered during this time; however, there will be a limited number of available inspections. Please plan accordingly to ensure your construction projects are not impacted. Additionally, there will be no virtual pre-application meetings scheduled and no virtual coaching appointments available during this timeframe.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience.

Planning Division

Due to COVID-19 related impacts, a number of City employees are on furlough or in a temporary layoff status through the end of July. PDS staff are working diligently to minimize impacts to the development community; however, reductions in Land Use, including critical area staff, may impact timely permit reviews.

  • If you experience delays or have other concerns related to these land use or critical area reviews, please reach out to the Land Use Division Manager, Jana Magoon, at

Additionally, the majority of the City’s Planning Division (which includes the Long-Range Planning and Historic Preservation Programs) are also on furlough or in a temporary layoff status through the end of July. Due to these temporary staff reductions, the majority of the projects in process with the Planning Division are delayed. In addition, staff support for our commissions, advisory committees, and general community engagement are limited.

  • For help reaching a specific City employee, dial 311 from within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else.
  • If you have specific questions about Long-Range Planning Program projects during this period, please reach out to the Planning Division Manager, Brian Boudet, at
  • If you have specific questions about Historic Preservation Program projects or permit reviews during this period, please reach out to Historic Preservation Officer, Reuben McKnight, at

Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center Service

Customers who have questions about these changes can contact: or call 253.502.2100

Effective Monday, May 18, the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center will be open seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to:

  • City of Tacoma residential customers with garbage or yard waste loads only.
  • City of Tacoma commercial customers with garbage loads only.
  • The Recycle Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be open to residential customers on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Both facilities will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • The Goodwill drop off station at the Recycle Center will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Solid Waste front office lobby and EnviroHouse will also remain closed until further notice. All payments should be made by credit card.

This facility will not accept any self-haul garbage or yard waste loads from outside the city limits of Tacoma. Residential customers must have an active solid waste residential collection account serviced by the City of Tacoma and be able to prove residency. Read the full announcement.

As the State and the City of Tacoma begin to “turn the dial” on reconstituting services in a phased approach, Solid Waste Management continues to not accept loads from outside the city of Tacoma due to high demand from residential customers and to limit the number of in-person interactions at the site.

Customers that do not reside within the City of Tacoma can visit or call (253) 847-7555 for more information about transfer stations outside of Tacoma.

King County facilities are no longer accepting self-haul customers from outside of King County.

Updated June 3, 2020 and until further notice: All residential and commercial collection services are operating on schedule.

The Solid Waste Administration front office lobby at 3510 S. Mullen St. is closed for walk-in service. Please call (253) 502-2100 for the following services:

  • Request an additional pickup or an increase in service
  • Exchange a residential or commercial solid waste container
  • Make a payment for a commercial container service
  • Schedule a commercial container to be delivered to a job site. Once confirmed, a route supervisor will meet you in-person at your job site for delivery.
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