Community Development

Covid-19 Update starting March 30, 2020

Permit and License Processes during 
"Stay Home, Stay Healthy"


In general, commercial and residential construction is not authorized under Washington State’s March 25, 2020 Proclamation because construction is not considered to be an essential activity.

If a construction project is an exception allowed by the limited circumstances the following process will be used for applications:

Building Permit application process for Plan Check or Permit:

  • Applicant will need to submit the appropriate permit application via email, link to FTP site, or link to “Box” or similar large file transfer site to michelle.pihlman@ci.steilacoom.wa.us.
  • Permit Fees: After review of permit applications, if the work is essential, 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.
  • Inspections will occur at the Building Inspector’s discretion.
  • Non-essential permits will be issued after the construction ban is lifted.
Planning: Land Use, Pre-Application Permit, or Sign Permit (Temporary & Permanent) application process:
  • Applications may be submitted via mail or Email. Email, link to FTP site, or link to “Box” or similar large file transfer site to doug.fortner@ci.steilacoom.wa.us.
  • Permit Fees: After review of permit applications, if the work is essential, 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.
  • Non-essential permits will be issued after the ban on non-essential work is lifted.

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 Doug Fortner at 253-581-1912.

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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.

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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.

Resources


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.

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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. More information will be posted when available. 

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. 

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Garage Sale & Real Estate Open House Sign Permit Application



For information concerning business licenses, contact Doug Fortner.