Puyallup Housing Choices Code Changes

 Housing Choices Strategy​​

In 2015, the City Council, as a part of the update to the city Comprehensive Plan, adopted a policy regarding the development of an integrated housing choices strategy, meant to address housing choices and housing affordability throughout the city. 

"Promote a variety of residential densities and housing types to ensure a wide range of living accommodation choices for all life stages and households in the City."

"Promote the creation and expansion of a variety of housing types and densities affordable to all economic segments of the population of the City."
(Housing Element Goals, Puyallup Comprehensive Plan)

  • The City Council reviewed a 17-item strategy table in early 2017; the strategy table identifies a number of incentives and potential requirements. See the side bar for the full table; some strategies being explored include: 
  • Changes to density bonus options in multi-family zones
  • Flexibility in lot dimensions and setbacks for short platting
  • Reduction in fees charged for Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Reduced parking requirements for designated affordable housing
  • Modified permitting and allowances for 2 and 3-family dwelling units
  • Permit options for Tiny houses on wheels
  • Allowing Cottage Housing through design regulation ordinance
  • Other minor clean ups to residential code

Puyallup Housing data

The city’s Housing Element in the Comprehensive Plan publishes housing data regarding affordability: 

  •  Costburdened households are defined as those which pay more than 30% of their income for housing and utility costs.
  •  38% of the households within the city limits are ‘costburdened’
  •  Of households that own their homes, nearly 31% are spending more than 30% of their total income as a mortgage payment.
  • Of those households that are renting, over 47% are spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.


  1. Chris Beale, AICP

    Current Planning - Senior Planner
    Phone: 253-841-5418

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