Permit Counter
The permit counter is available for general questions, intake of applications, and picking up or paying for permits.  Permit specialists and reviewers for land use, residential buildings, right-of-way, storm water, and sanitary sewer are available Monday – Friday.  See hours of availability or email us your questions here.

Coaching Meeting
Coaching meetings are recommended for small commercial projects and plan review for existing buildings in which the occupancy is not changing and no building additions are proposed.  This includes commercial tenant improvements, mechanical, plumbing, or roof work, general repairs, and code interpretation.  For more information, see the Building Coaching Tip Sheet.

Pre-Application Services
A pre-application meeting is recommended for large commercial projects, additions, and change of occupancy.  This includes new commercial buildings or uses such as industrial, mixed-use, restaurants, marijuana businesses, schools, daycares, and hospitals.  For more information about requesting services see the Pre-Application Requests Tip Sheet.

How do I submit a pre-application request?
Pre-application requests can be submitted online through our permitting portal Tacoma Permits (ACA).  Select the Permits tab, read/accept the disclaimer, then select Pre-Application Request.  Fill out the request form and attach concept drawings.  You will receive a response within 2 business days.

Under our current process, once the request is submitted and screened, an initial electronic review of the proposal will occur (includes review from multiple City departments and staff) and a comment memo is provided  based on that review within 1-2 weeks.  After that review is complete, and the comment memo is sent out, we can coordinate an in-person meeting as needed.

Can I receive City feedback without a meeting?
Yes.  Oftentimes, the electronic review and comment memo noted above can address most questions and result in a meeting not being necessary.

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