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Water and Sewer Permit Cost and Process in Tacoma

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Water and Sewer Permit Cost and Process in Tacoma

For most, any work done within the city involving building or plumbing in Tacoma, you will need a permit. Permits are something that is applied for and then granted by the city to ensure that any building or digging can be done up to code. When you’re digging within the city (which is usually required with plumbing work especially) it is important to make sure you know exactly where everything is under the ground. This requires several different inspectors to come out and locate various lines, including gas, power, cable etc. This will ensure that nothing is broken or severed during the required work.


The permit pulling process can either begin at the Tacoma Municipal court or online at Once you know fully what type of job you will be doing, what materials it will require, and what sort of traffic plan (if any) you will need, you can begin filling out a permit application. This way, the city will know exactly what the speculations of your project are.

The permit application process is relatively simple. It will ask you a few questions about the work you need to get done. These questions will be about what exactly the project is, what types of materials are to be used, whether you need right of way or traffic etc.

After you have submitted your application, it will be sent to the permit office for review. It is a good practice to e-mail the permit office after applying. You should let them know the permit number, and that you have submitted an application for it.


There are two different ways you can obtain your permit once it has been approved.

  1. Obtain an e-permit. This is by far the easiest way to get a permit because you can print them online in the comfort of your own home or office.
  2. The other way to obtain your permit is to take a trip to the Tacoma Municipal Court and visit the permit office on the second floor. Everyone there is extremely helpful, and if you provide your permit number, they will be able to assist you in obtaining a physical copy. For most jobs, you must have a permit with you on site at all times.

All in all, obtaining a permit for a job is an extremely easy and painless process. Here at Harts, if a permit is required in a job, we take the initiative to go obtain it for you. That way you don’t have to worry about any hassle at all. We take care of everything!

If you have any questions regarding the process of obtaining a permit, you can call the permits and inspections office for Tacoma at (253) 331-1206.