PPW Updates
Fee Changes Coming in 2020

With the new year right around the corner, I wanted to remind you of upcoming fee changes at the Development Center.
January Fee Changes
Apply by December 31, 2019 to avoid these fee increases:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Fees –2020-2021 Fee Schedule

  • Most on-site sewage program fees will increase. New fees added related to design review, pre-development meetings and expedited record drawing reviews.
  • Most drinking water program fees will increase. Environmental Site Assessment fee reduced by $10. New fee for Real Estate Water Sample Pickup ($55).

February Fee Changes
Apply by January 31, 2020 to avoid these fee increases:

School Impact Fees—Ordinance 2019-92s
Effective February 1, 2020
  • School impact fees will increase by up to $45 for single family-dwellings and by up to $25 for multi-family dwelling units consistent with the Construction Cost Index (CCI), for most of the school districts in unincorporated Pierce County.
Park Impact Fees—Ordinance 2019-94
Effective February 1, 2020
  • Park impact fees will increase by $115 consistent with the Construction Cost Index (CCI) and Building Cost Index in unincorporated Pierce County.
Development Processing Fees—Ordinance 2019-91
Effective February 3, 2020
  • Fee schedule changes resulted in minor increases and decreases in permit fees throughout Planning and Public Works.
  • Time and material options for sewer fees will end on the effective date of this ordinance.
Building Permit Fees
  • Commercial Building permit fees will increase by 2% in 2020.
  • Residential Building permit fees will not increase in 2020.

To ensure your application is submitted before the fee change, you should:
  • Submit the online request for an application 2–3 weeks prior to the fee change, or
  • Make application and payment at the Development Center on or before the effective date.
We anticipate a rush of applications before the fee changes take effect. You will be vested for the 2019 fees at the time of payment, not application submittal (PCC 18.40).


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Dennis Hanberg
Pierce County Planning and Public Works

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