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Zoning + Building Permits

Before deciding on a location, signing a lease, renovating or purchasing a building you will want to make sure that your business location is the right fit. Check with the City’s Planning and Development Services Department on current zoning, land use, allowable uses and requirements for a particular location. The Planning and Development Services Department also issues building permits and sign permits. Obtaining information before your make any key decisions will likely save you time, money and possible headaches further down the road.

Planning and Development Services Department
747 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Information Services:
253.591.5577
Questions about planning, land use, zoning and allowable uses for your business location.
Building Permit Services: 253.591.5030
Questions about building permits and sign permits to construct or modify a commercial building.

• Verify that your location is properly zoned for your business activity.
• Schedule a scoping meeting to discuss your ideas for new construction or modification to an existing building.
• Obtain a building permit for any new construction or modification to an existing building.
• Obtain sign information, including details on sign permits, sign installation and sidewalk A-boards.

Tacoma Permits Online Permit System
The City’s new permitting portal, Tacoma Permits, makes it easier to apply, pay for and obtain permits from the City of Tacoma—all online. There are also tip sheets to answer all your frequently asked questions.

Home-Based Business
Are you opening a business from your home? Be sure to check out additional information on our home based business page.