The Engineering Services Division processes and issues many types of permits. The following gives the procedures to obtain these permits. If you have any questions on any of these permits, please contact Lesley Christensen at (253) 841-5568.
A Right of Way Permit is required whenever work is being performed over, under or upon public right-of-way. This can include projects such as repairing or installing sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway approach, and utility lines that are within the public right-of-way. A permit is also required for work that may obstruct public right-of-way, such as a traffic lane or sidewalk.
Minimum Requirements for Permit Application:
If the project disturbs one acre or more, the applicant must apply for an NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit from the Department of Ecology. As part of obtaining the permit, the applicant is required to publish two public notices in a newspaper that has general circulation in Pierce County. The applicant must publish a public notice one time each week, for two weeks in a row, with seven days between publishing dates. A 30-day public comment is required after the second publication.
For additional information, reference the Department of Ecology's website at www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/ecy02085.html
A Clear, Fill and Grade Permit is required when:
For more information on Clearing, Filling and Grading see PMC Chapter 21.14
A Utility Permit is required for new connections to the City's sanitary sewer, water or storm system or when replacing or repairing a water service or sanitary sewer laterals on private property.
A House Moving Permit is required to move a building along or across any public place. All applications shall be made to the City's Permit Center at least three weeks prior to the date of the proposed move, except that where the current and proposed building location is not within the city, then application shall be made no sooner than five (5) days prior to the proposed move.