Community Development

For Building Inspections please call 253-983-2077

Permit Processes during

Building Permit application process for Plan Check or Permit:

  • Building permit applications for single family residences or applications with plans need to be turned into our office between 8am and noon. We are not able to print large plans. 
  • Applicants for standard permits will need to submit the building permit application via email to
  • Permit Fees: After review of permit applications, applicants will be provided a permit fee amount. Fees may be paid by mail, drop box at 1030 Roe Street or over the phone with credit/debit card (a 3% convenience fee will be applied).
  • Staff will process applications as usual and create the applicable forms.
  • Approved permits or corrections will be emailed to the applicant. Approved permits with plans will need to be picked up at our office.
  • Inspections will occur at the Building Inspector’s discretion.
Planning: Land Use, Pre-Application Permit, or Sign Permit (Temporary & Permanent) application process:
  • Applications may be submitted via mail or Email. 
  • Email to:
  • Permit Fees: After review of permit applications, applicants will be provided a permit fee amount. Fees may be paid by mail, drop box at 1030 Roe Street or over the phone with credit/debit card (a 3% convenience fee will be applied).
  • All applications submitted will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and a copy of the receipt for any fees paid.

COVID-19 Disclaimer.  The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation 20-25, as may be amended, includes restrictions on construction. The permitee/contractor is responsible for compliance with the Proclamation. The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be construed to be a permit for, or approval of, any violation of this Code or any other ordinance or order of the Town, of any state or federal law, or of any order, proclamation, guidance advice or decision of the Governor of this State. To the extent the issuance or granting of a permit is interpreted to allow construction activity during any period of time when such construction is prohibited or restricted by any state or federal law, or order, proclamation, guidance advice or decision of the Governor of this State, the permit shall not authorize such work and shall not be valid. 

Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e-mail to

General questions about how to comply with construction safety practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at

All other violations related to Proclamation 20-25 can be submitted at

Community Development General Information: 

Community Development is responsible for building permits, historical preservation, subdivisions and land use permits, long range planning, and business licenses.

Building Department

The building department issues all applications for new construction and remodeling. A building packet explaining the permit process, fees, setbacks and height restrictions is available at the front counter, by mail, or as a PDF.  If you have any questions concerning building permits in Steilacoom, please call or email Lindsay Savage at 253-983-2077 or Lindsay Savage Email.


When does my building permit expire? Your permit will be valid provided you begin construction within 180 days, do not suspend construction for more than 180 days, and have required inspections at least every 180 days until the project is completed, or your permit will expire. If it appears that 180 days will pass without a required inspection, a request for an extension must be made in writing prior to the expiration date, stating why it is needed. The building official may grant one extension. If you do not request an extension, the cost to re-activate a permit within two years of the expiration date will be one-half the original cost of the permit. If the expiration date is older than two years, a new application will need to be submitted and new submittal fees apply.

Historic Preservation

New construction and changes to the exterior of buildings within the Historic District, as well as all multi-family houses, public structures and commercial buildings, are reviewed for compliance with the Historic Preservation regulations. A map of the Historic District (PDF) and the Historic District Design Standards are available on this website. Information on the process and the Preservation and Review Board are available from Jennifer Schreck, Historic Preservation Officer.


Subdivisions & Land Use Permits

Items Processed by Planning Department

  • Conditional use permits
  • Critical areas permits
  • Environmental review
  • Lot line adjustments
  • Shoreline permits
  • Subdivisions
For information regarding subdivisions and land use permits, please contact Doug Fortner.


Long-Range Planning

The Planning Department is also responsible for long range planning and analysis, and development of policies and regulations to comply with state requirements.


Questions regarding the Comprehensive Plan, Shoreline Master Plan, and other policy documents should be directed to Doug Fortner.

Business Licenses

All persons, corporations, partnerships, and other business entities doing business in Steilacoom are required to obtain a business license from the town.

Beginning February 20, 2020, the Town will partner with the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR), Business Licensing Service, to issue Town business licenses. 

As of February 7, 2020, the Town has stopped accepting business license applications. The Business Licensing Service will begin accepting applications on February 20 through the DOR website: Steilacoom Business License Endorsement

The fee for businesses with headquarters outside town is $75.

Businesses located in town pay a fee based on the number of employees.

The fee for home-based businesses (home occupations) is $50 for the first year and $37.50 each year thereafter. 

For information on DOR business license processing fees go to: DOR Fees



Garage Sale & Real Estate Open House Sign Permit:


Special Event Process & Requirements: Application & Requirements