Initiatives & Referendums

The City of Puyallup is a noncharter Code city. In 2012, the Puyallup City Council approved Ordinance No. 3009, which adopted the powers of initiative and referendum pursuant to RCW 35A.11.080 through 35A.11.100.

Initiative and referendum are powers reserved to enable the voters, by petition, to propose or repeal legislation.

In Puyallup, a petition seeking an initiative or a referendum is submitted to the City Clerk. For more information on initiatives and referendums, including which types of actions are subject to the initiative and referendum process, see this Initiative and Referendum Guide published by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC). Page 13 describes how the powers of initiative and referendum are exercised in a noncharter Code city.