Applying for Permits

City Hall Closure Update - March 27, 2020

The City of Puyallup’s Permit Center shall remain closed to visitors throughout the Stay Home Stay Healthy order. During this closure, however, the City Permit Center is committed to serving the customers and citizens of Puyallup by providing inspections as outlined below, as well as plan reviews and basic permitting services, including responding to all customer and citizen permit inquiries. Permit Center staff will be available during regular business hours remotely. You can continue to reach the Permit Center by telephone at 253-864-4165 or by email at For permit intake, application resubmittals or questions about issuances, please contact the Permit Center via phone or e-mail and a staff member will advise you on how we can best assist you with your permit.

In accordance with Governor Inslee’s guidance for Construction Projects on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation, effective immediately, the City will be providing inspection services only for those projects meeting the guidance criteria circumstances. More specific information is as follows:

  • Developers are responsible for determining if their project meets the Essential Business guidance criteria.
  • If there is a question of whether a project meets this criteria, please use the State of Washington portal for inquiries from businesses about their essential/non-essential status. These inquiries are being reviewed as quickly as possible. For fastest response, businesses are urged to use this portal.
  • Anyone requesting an inspection who believes the project is exempt per the Governor’s order must be prepared to specifically cite the language in the order and/or follow-up memorandum that justifies the exemption. The request will be documented within the inspection record for purposes of justifying the City’s decision to grant the inspection request.
  • SINGLE FAMILY: Inspections of single-family and multi-family residential construction that clearly do not meet the Essential Business guidance criteria will not be performed. Job sites may take temporary means of providing weather protection and securing job sites per the Governor’s Construction Guidance Memo - Part C. (See the link to the memo on the right hand side of this page under Related Documents).
  • Inspectors are granted the authority to use sound judgement in determining if the inspection can be done safely. In-person inspections will be restricted to new or unoccupied construction only, subject to social distancing protocols. Inspections that are requested for occupied structures may be postponed or conducted by an agreed upon arrangement at the inspector’s discretion.
  • Work that was performed without necessary inspections and cannot be determined to meet applicable City codes and standards will not be accepted.
  • If further questions do arise regarding inspection on a specific project, contact your City project inspector, or Building Official Ray Cockerham ( 253-841-5585) or Assistant City Engineer Ken Cook( 253 864-4177.)

    *** Permit Center Hours ***    

  (Temporarily Closed)

Current option for payments:

You will need your 6-digit customer Id # which will be provided in the email you receive from Permitting’s "ready to issue email".

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

Effective November 13, 2018

Welcome to City of Puyallup permitting! We are here to assist you through the permitting process from the initial pre-application meeting to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. Our mission is to provide quality communication for all people who seek development 
permits from the City.

Online Permit Access

Research permit information; search by address; permit number; parcel number and other options.

Permitting Departments

Building Services administers the Washington State Building Codes, including building permit plan review and inspection services. Planning Services oversees the zoning, environmental, and subdivision codes. Engineering Services reviews utility and road improvement permits. Use the quick links to their pages for additional information.

Follow the steps below to ensure that your application process is successful!

Research the Parcel

Parcel Research Tools
  • General information like zoning, parcel statistics (lot size, generalized property lines), tax information, septic system info, etc.
  • Natural environment information like wetlands, streams, potential buffers, etc.


  • Online form to submit a question to the Development Center staff.
  • Call the Development Services Department at (253) 864-4165. Available between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, excluding holidays

Visit the Development Services Department

  • Located in the Puyallup City Hall 2nd floor at 333 S Meridian, Puyallup WA, 98371
  • Open between 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays

Gather Submittal Items (Applications, forms, etc.)

Permit Application Forms Grouped by Reviewing Division:


Alphabetical Master List of Applications, Forms, and Instructions


Building, fire construction, mechanical and plumbing permits can be found in the Permit Fees by Category page.

Land-Use permit fees (such as subdivision, boundary line adjustments, conditional-use permits, and other land use permits) and some site development fees (such as clear, fill and grading permits and sewer connections) can be found in the City of Puyallup Fee Schedule.

Impact fees such as School, Park, and Traffic impact fees may be assessed for certain projects, but are calculated on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-Application Meetings

Pre-application meetings are an opportunity for a potential applicant to meet with all the reviewing divisions (building, fire, planning, and engineering) and receive feedback about their development project proposal prior to submitting an application for a permit. The first pre-application meeting for a project is free of charge. You may request a pre-application meeting even if you do not own the property. 

To request a pre-application meeting, please complete the application form below and submit 8 copies of the form and your plans to the Development Services Department.

Submit Your Application

Submit in person at the Development Services Department

  • Located in Puyallup City Hall - 2nd floor, 333 S. Meridian
  • Open between 9 am and 3 pm Monday - Friday, excluding holidays

Submit by mail to: Puyallup City Hall - Permit Counter, 333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

Track your application, pay fees, and request inspections

Click here to taken to the online portal where you can track your submitted application, pay fees, and request inspections. 

To request inspections by phone, call 1-877-232-6456