Getting Started

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This section will help you learn about regulations and permits that affect your agricultural activities. The most common agricultural land use activities and agricultural buildings are listed below.

Careful stewardship of agricultural land is crucial to the vitality of agriculture in our county. That's why proposed agricultural and development activities on these lands must undergo review to ensure consistency with all applicable regulations before an activity is permitted.

Regulation Handouts

Regulation Roadmap

Producers face regulations that require licenses or permits depending on what they grow, process, or sell. The purpose of the Regulation Roadmap is to assist producers to identify possible permits of licenses needed to produce and sell farm products and identify the primary regulatory agencies dealing with farm products.

Primary Regulatory Agencies
Pierce County Planning and Public Works (PPW)
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD)
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY)
Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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