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All checks must be made payable to Pierce County and may be mailed with the property tax remittance stub to the address listed below. If the stub is not included please be sure to include the parcel number.
To pay your property taxes with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or by E-Check, simply visit the Assessor-Treasurer's online parcel search or call our automated telephone system at (253) 798-3333 and have your parcel number ready. Enter your parcel number and follow the instructions for credit card or E-Check payments.
The 2018 auction will be held online with Bid4Assets facilitating the auction. The auction will open at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and close on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. A re-offer auction of properties will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018. Visit the Bid4Assets website for additional information including auction closing times.
Example: 2005 Listing received in August (4 months late)2006 Tax Amount Due: $1,000.00Late File Penalty: 20%2006 Total Amount Due: $1,200.00
Remember, you / your juvenile must appear in court on the next scheduled court date whether or not there has been contact with an assigned attorney. Failure to appear may result in a bench warrant being issued for you or your juvenile’s arrest. Legal Information Network Exchange (LINX)
Animal noise, especially barking dogs, is a common problem. Pierce County’s goal is to resolve the problem by encouraging neighbors to work together to find a reasonable solution.
Communicate With the Animal Owner
Talk to the animal owner about the problem. Sometimes owners are not aware of the problem, especially when they are not home. You may want to share some helpful tips from The Humane Society with your neighbor.
Make a Complaint
Complaints can be submitted by telephone, 253-798-PETS (7387) or by using the online form. This will allow Pierce County Animal Control to send a warning letter and regulations to the animal owner, making them fully aware of the problem.
Yes, you can visit one of our subagents:
Bayside Animal Lodge253-851-9170 12615 134th Ave KPNGig Harbor
Brookside Vet253-857-730213701 118th Ave NW,Gig Harbor
EZ Auto Title & Licensing253-875-773222225 Mountain Hwy E,Spanaway
McCallum License Agency253-841-024516126 Meridian E, Puyallup
Northwest Spay & Neuter Center253-627-7729 6401 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
Paws-Abilities253-486-6557 7338 26th St E, Bldg F, Fife
Pet Ponderosa Resorts & Spas 253-847-7763 9211 204th St E, Graham
The Humane Society253-383-2733 2608 Center St, Tacoma
Returning your ballot is easy! No stamp is required if you are mailing your ballot or using a ballot drop box.
File online 24/7 Starting Monday, May 14 at 9:00 AM through Friday, May 18 at 4:00 PM. See the Candidate Filing page for more information.
Verify you are registered to vote in the district for which you are filing and read the 2018 Election Guide for Candidates. See the Candidate Filing page for more information.
A resolution may be emailed to the Elections Division at email@example.com however, an original signed or certified copy must also be submitted in person or mailed to Pierce County Elections, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409 by the applicable deadline. A Mandatory Resolution Cover Sheet is also required. An Explanatory Statement and a Committee Member Appointment Form must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the same applicable deadline.
Be sure to read the 2018 Election Guide for Jurisdictions for more detailed information.
See pages 14 - 19 of the 2018 Election Guide for Jurisdictions for Voters' Pamphlet Statement guidelines.
You need to purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You will need to work with each agency to identify name change requirements. All marriage license documents are signed with one's current legal name, never the intended new name. There is no legal requirement for a name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise. If you intend to change your name after marriage, check with each agency for its requirements to change your records. If an agency requires more than a certified copy of your marriage license, check with Pierce County District Court for details on a court-ordered name change. Washington state law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.
If you applied for your license in Pierce County you can request copies in person or by mail. Certified copies are $3 each for marriage records from 1983 to present. If marriage date is unknown and is prior to 1983, an $8.00 search fee is applicable. The search fee would apply to each 5 year search increment. If requesting by mail, complete the marriage records request form.
You can check online. Click on “Search Marriage Index” to search under either party name. If status shows as returned, then your certificate has been returned. Or call our office at (253) 798-7435.
Yes, as long as the parent or legal custodian is present with the applicant and provides their consent and proof of age for the underage applicant. (drivers license and birth certificate)The parent or guardian must complete an
$68 cash, check, money order, or credit/debit (in person only).
Picture ID with birth date, both applicants must be present unless the application is notarized, and $68.00.
• The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
If I am an ordained minister do I need to register my certificate with Pierce County?
• Pierce County does not keep a registry of Ordained Ministers.
Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Marriage Certificate.
• The certificate must be filled out completely,• Pay special attention to the dates the certificate is valid,• That all parties, witnesses, and person solemnizing have signed the Marriage Certificate, • And that you have complied with all RCW’s.
If you have further questions refer to RCW 26.04
Cash, check, money order, or credit/debit cards for agency and photo fee.
Pierce Transit and Pierce County invested over $44M into the Single County Wide Communications System (SCWCS) infrastructure. In order to comply with the state law that prohibits gifting of public funds, the CCN Executive Board adopted a one-time activation fee to recover the initial investment.
No. Public safety/first responder customers will not be required to pay the activation fee.
Yes. As more customers come onto the network, the subscriber rate will decrease for all customers.
No. Only non-public safety agencies will be required to pay the activation fee.
New customers can negotiate the terms for this fee. Options include payment over time or payment in full at contract execution.
No, First Responders and Pierce Transit will always have priority on the system.
Determining the actual system capacity is a complex process as each customer’s operational requirements, talk groups, etc. are unique and have differing impacts on the available capacity of the SCWCS. The calculation was developed using a standard method averaging capacity usage at peak times.
Petitions for Domestic Violence orders may be obtained, and assistance in properly completing them, either electronically or on paper, in Room 110 of the County-City Building and at kiosks that are available at the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, 718 Court E, Tacoma, and at the YWCA of Pierce County, 405 Broadway, Tacoma.
There are also kiosks located throughout Pierce County. Domestic Violence Kiosk Locations
• Pierce County Birth To Three, 253-798-3790 or e-mail email@example.com• Local school district’s Child Find Program• Child’s primary care provider• The Help Me Grow-WA program website. ParentHelp123
There has been an increasing number of behavioral health crisis incidents occurring in central and southern Pierce County. The only crisis care facility in Pierce County is located in Fife. It is challenging for first responders from central and southern Pierce County due to the distance and time required to get to that facility. To provide easier access, the new crisis recovery center will be located near the junction of SR 7 & SR 512, at the request of first responders.
Yes. Recovery Innovations, a national leader in crisis care and operator of an identical facility in Fife, will operate the Parkland Crisis Recovery Center (CRC). Recovery Innovations has cared for 20,000 patients over 8-years in Pierce County, without a single incident of harm to the public.
We know that many homeless individuals suffer from mental illness and substance addictions. A new crisis care facility will help them and others get the care they need, which for many is the first step toward stable housing.
No, patients taken to the facility for crisis care stay an average of 48 hours and then are transported away from the facility and returned to their home, to another facility, or, in a few cases, to a shelter, if homeless. The longest stay is 14 days. We know that there has been an influx of people in need of mental health and drug addiction services in the Parkland/Spanaway area; the CRC will offer a needed service to get them the help they need but are not getting now.
48 hours is the average stay, but patients can stay up to 14 days. For those who need care longer than 14 days, they are assessed and sent to an inpatient hospital or evaluated for possible detention at an evaluation and treatment facility (4 in Pierce Co.).
There is a maximum of 16 patients at any one time and there will be a 1:3 staff-to patient ratio. At the Fife crisis care facility operated by Recovery Innovations, every shift has nursing staff, a mental health professional, a discharge coordinator(s), and peer staff.
All guests are triaged immediately for appropriateness for the facility. Individuals with violent behavior are diverted by law enforcement to another location. Guests present primarily with mental illness conditions, for example suicidal behaviors. If guests arrive under the influence of a chemical substance, and cannot be stabilized, they are sent to a more appropriate facility. The CRC is very different from Western State Hospital, which cares for long-term patients and those who may have violent histories
Staff are trained in verbal and physical deescalation. They have access to fast-acting sedatives. The center also has a room that is suitable for seclusion and restraints, but it is rarely used. Because a risk assessment is done upon arrival, the clinician quickly determines next steps, and turns away or transfers patients that may be a risk to others. The center cannot take patients who may traumatize other patients, or harm staff.
No, the CRC is not an ER, and does not take patients with acute medical conditions. First responders to the Fife facility do not EVER operate their lights and sirens when dropping off patients. Lights and sirens are only used in the rare event a guest has sudden medical emergency. Today, there are already police cars going in and out of the site as it is operated by the Dept. of Emergency Management to outfit law enforcement vehicles with electronics and radios.
All staff have keycards because it is a locked facility. Lost keycards, and keycards of terminated staff, are immediately deactivated.
Visitors ages 18 and above are permitted if a visit is in the guest’s best interests. Visitors are not allowed to bring food or drink. The center has strict rules as to items permitted in the center. Visiting hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. All visitors must sign the confidentially log when they enter, get a badge and sign out when leaving.
The structure will be more than 650 feet off of 112th St. E. and will not be visible from the road. A thick stand of trees and foliage (wetlands) serving as a buffer between 112th and the facility.
View RFPs and RFQs for all Pierce County departments on the Budget and Finance Purchasing Division page.
Contact Ed Casey, Security Manager, at (253) 798-6184.
The Real Property Division does NOT manage the collection of property tax debt or foreclosure due to property tax default. Tax foreclosure questions must be directed to the Assessor-Treasurers office, Foreclosure Department: (253) 798-7133.
In most cases Pierce County must attempt to sell tax title property at auction before it is available for direct negotiation. Any tax title parcels not sold at auction are retained by Pierce County and once authorized, are available for private sale for one year following the date of the auction.
Most tax title property inventory consists of small narrow strips of land (5 ft. to 20 ft.) which are mainly beneficial to adjacent land owners. Some properties contain environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands or steep slopes. Potential buyers should understand that some properties may also have assessments and fees that need to be paid in addition to the tax foreclosure cost.
Contact Jeff Engelhart at (253) 798-7553.
Pierce County Annex 2401 S 35th St Room 142 Tacoma, WA 98409 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mail to: Pierce County Finance Department PO Box 11621 Tacoma, WA 98411-6621
Yes, you can use a credit card, Visa Debit or an electronic check (E-Check) to pay taxes on parcels not subject to foreclosure. Payments of this type are done via a special online option or phone option.
To pay your property taxes with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Visa Debit, or by E-Check, simply log onto the Assessor-Treasurer's website or call (253) 798-3333 and have your parcel number ready. Enter your parcel number and follow the instructions for credit card Visa Debit or E-Check payments.
Martha Keogh, EEO/ADA Specialist253/798-2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total compensation includes both the cash and benefits employees receive in exchange for their work. Examples of cash compensation include base salary, cost of living adjustments, overtime pay, lump sum payouts, vacation and holiday pay, sick leave cash-outs, and other cash incentives that may be available. Examples of benefits include the cost of medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage for employees and their dependents, commute incentives, deferred compensation and defined retirement benefits plans, life insurance, long and short-term disability, training and education benefits.
The County’s compensation and classification plan has not been evaluated since 2002. It is a best practice for organizations to routinely validate and assess their classification and compensation programs. Appropriate compensation and classification alignment enhances employee engagement and satisfaction, and helps to attract and retain a diverse, highly qualified workforce. Conducting this study may also address other challenges the County sometimes experiences such as overlap, pay inversion and compression.
Benchmarking is the process we will use to compare our jobs with other employers’ jobs based on similar responsibilities, to identify the market rate.
No. Establishing benchmark jobs is an industry practice when conducting compensation surveys. HR, in partnership with Segal Waters, will choose the most populated and representative County jobs to survey, that are also similar to jobs commonly found in the public and private sectors. Although not every County job is included, the survey will include a sufficient number of benchmark jobs to be representative of the County’s classification plan.
The county will use a combination of public and private sector data. The County, in consultation with Segal Waters Consulting, has selected the following peer public employers for the custom survey portion of the study. Factors used to select the following organizations for survey purposes include the following:
To adjust for geographic difference in the cost-of-labor between the Pierce County and peer employer locations, Segal uses the cost-of-labor differentials report by the Economic Research Institute (ERI) for each peer location.
It is important to note that the cost-of-labor differentials do not necessarily reflect cost-of-living differences. Cost-of-living differences (which reflect the supply and demand for goods and services) are not necessarily a good predictor of salary levels. In other words, while the cost of housing (or other goods and services) in Tacoma, WA may differ from the cost of housing in another peer employer’s location by a certain percentage, the prevailing salaries may not differ by the same percentage. For adjusting salaries in a market study such as this one, the cost-of-labor differentials provide a more accurate method of determining whether employers are paying a competitive wage appropriate to a given geographic area.
“Cost of living” refers to the costs to a consumer in a specific geographic area. It reflects the price of food, housing, groceries, transportation, taxes and entertainment. Simply put, it’s the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living.
“Cost of labor” refers to the difference in pay or labor market for a job from one location to another. Another way to phrase this is that the cost of labor is what a particular geographic market offers as the “going rate” or compensation for its jobs.
Changes to classification and pay ranges are possible, though no reduction in individual pay will be recommended by Segal. Changes as a result of the study are subject to collective bargaining, the Career Service Administrative Guidelines, Executive and Council.
A goal of this study is to evaluate the County’s current benefits programs with other public employers to assess our competitiveness in the market. While it is possible that changes may occur, changes with a fiscal impact are contingent on budget, collective bargaining, and Council adoption of the recommended changes.
No, this study evaluates the County’s entire compensation program using objective market data and comparable jobs, which will allow the County to implement a pay program that is sustainable, competitive, and equitable. Any changes recommended that impact represented positions must be bargained with the appropriate union(s) prior to implementation.
All County jobs, which do not have their salary set by State law or charter language, shall be part of a comprehensive classification and compensation plan. All positions in the County, excluding elected officials, positions covered by law and the council, are part of a comprehensive classification and compensation plan set by County Code. We wish to do a comprehensive analysis of the County’s program in totality. Any changes to be implemented will be bargained with those positions that are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
The last study was conducted in 2002, but nothing was implemented. The last comprehensive study of the County’s pay and classification plan was conducted in 1980. It is a best practice for organizations to routinely conduct these studies in order to ensure that pay practices and strategies stay competitive, sustainable and align with the organization’s needs.
No. Pay for elected officials is set by the Salary Commission for Elected Officials, which is independent and established by County Code 2.100. However, the positions of staff who support elected officials will be subject to review.
We currently have over 450 job classes.
The Human Resources department utilizes a holistic approach to evaluating positions based on the general job duties, taking into consideration such factors as complexity of the work, knowledge, skills and abilities required; internal and external job comparisons based on similar duties and market data.
Changes to the classification pay plan are made at the recommendation of the Human Resources Director with the written approval of the Executive within budgeted funds, excluding elected officials, employees of the Council and positions set by law. The annual budget is approved by Council.
We will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the coming days. The county has budgeted $200,000 in 2018.
Managers will be a critical partner working with the HR team to ensure that position description questionnaires (PDQs) are completed by staff in order for current positions to be properly benchmarked and classified. The time needed will depend on the number of employees you supervise and the accuracy of the current job descriptions or classification specs. Human Resources will assist you in this process.
It is important that we understand where we are in comparison to the market and evaluate whether our current classification and compensation plans are meeting our needs. This work must be done in order for the County to assess and implement any options that are available. Throughout this process, we are committed to transparency and continuous communication.
All job titles are included in the study except for elected officials, judges & commissioners, Deputy Sheriff Officers, Deputy Corrections Officer, Lieutenants and Sergeants and any extra-hires, temporary employees or interns. If you have any questions on whether your job is included, please contact the HR Analyst assigned to your department.
Yes, if they fall into a covered job title in the study.
- Criminal- Dependency/Termination (You may be asked to leave the courtroom if there is an objection by a party on the case)
The following hearings are closed to the public:
- At-Risk Youth- Child in Need of Services- Emancipation- Juvenile Harassment- Truancy
You may view directions to Juvenile Court (Remann Hall) or view a map.
A newborn or relative adoption usually takes several months to complete. That process is more extensive and requires more paperwork, a home visit and longer interviews.
If an adoption involves a birth parent whose whereabouts are unknown or is uncooperative, an adoption attorney is strongly recommended. While these cases are not impossible, they are more complicated legally and require very specific legal notices to be served or published in the newspaper. Pierce County Adoptions staff is not able to give legal advice.
If you are representing yourself, you will pay for your legal paperwork either through a paralegal office, or copies from the Law Library. JAG does legal paperwork for military families, for uncontested step parent adoptions, at no charge.
If you hire an adoption attorney, those fees will vary slightly depending on the attorney. The same fees outlined above will still apply in addition to attorney fees.
You may view our directions to Juvenile Court (Remann Hall), view a map or use the address, which is:Remann Hall5501 6th Ave.Tacoma, WA 98406
If the court makes a finding of contempt at a contempt hearing, the court may impose coercive sanctions, such as research papers or community service hours, alternatives to secure detention such as work crew or electronic home monitoring, confinement for up to seven days in juvenile detention or a fine, or any combination of these sanctions.
If a youth is in CDDA on a suspended commitment to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), inpatient treatment is funded and location for inpatient treatment is determined by JRA.
2. Enter through A Building and proceed to the left until you pass the courtrooms. The Clerk’s Office is the last door on the left.
If you missed the Shelter Care Hearing, fill out the paperwork to request an attorney and bring it to the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office as soon as possible. See Request An Attorney
Duties of the CASA/GAL are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
CASA/GALs are appointed by judges to represent the best interest of children involved in the dependency court system. The CASA/GAL researches the child's situation by talking with the child as well as others who play a significant role in the child's life. The CASA/GAL writes a report to the court for review hearings with information about the parents’ progress in services and an update about the child, the child’s expressed wishes, as well as what the CASA/GAL believes is in the child’s best interest.
See RCW 13.34.105
Staff advocates are called GALs (Guardians ad litem). Duties of the CASA and GAL are the same and are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
The priority is to assign children a CASA if one is available. Approximately half of the children in dependency court have a CASA, and the other half have a staff GAL.
Dependency 101 is offered twice per month. On the second Thursday of each month, the class is 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday, the class is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You may attend the same class as the other parent of your child as long as there is no restraining order in effect.
Note: Parents are encouraged to find childcare for the youth’s siblings, however if this is not possible, a youth’s sibling(s) that are age 6 and under are allowed to visit. Special arrangements may be made for counselors or therapists to visit youth for the purpose of doing therapy.
The Diversion office will only release police reports to attorneys who submit a Request for Discovery. Attorneys are bound by the rules of discovery as to what juvenile, witness, and victim information in the police report they may share with their clients.
Some police agencies will release police reports. If you want a copy of your police report, you must contact the arresting police agency or retain an attorney.
If you do not sign a Diversion Agreement, your case will be sent back to the Prosecutor's Office for charging.
If a youth signs a Diversion Agreement for one of the following offenses, a notice will be sent to the school principal: Inhaling toxic fumes, a controlled substance violation, a liquor violation, assault, harassment, reckless burning, malicious mischief, reckless endangerment, and/or a weapons offense. This notice will only include the juvenile’s name and the offense that was committed; it will not include the details of the offense.
If a youth signs a Diversion Agreement for a drug or alcohol offense, notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing in Olympia.
Our financial screener will review these documents and determine your ability to pay based on the federal poverty guidelines. The financial screener will assess a fee and bill you the assessed amount. You can make up to four monthly payments on your assessed fee. If your fee is waived, you will not receive a bill.
However, early reinstatement of driving privileges is possible if you successfully complete your diversion requirements. For a first offense, early reinstatement is possible 90 days after your 16th birthday or 90 days after the Diversion Agreement was signed. On a second offense, early reinstatement is possible one year after the Diversion Agreement was signed, or at age 17, whichever is longer. You also cannot apply for a learner's permit until your driving privilege has been reinstated.
When the revocation time is up, DOL will notify you. You will be required to take the written and driving test again and pay a reinstatement fee in addition to the licensing fees.
See Early Reinstatement of Driving Privileges
(This notification, and a detailed listing of the actual offenses, is included along with the appointment letter when you are scheduled for your Diversion appointment.)
Any information received by a principal or school personnel under this section is confidential and may not be further disseminated except as provided by law.
Youth in the program for a pre-trial offense are generally ordered into the program until ajudge releases them from the program at a future hearing.
- Full participation in adolescent sex offender treatment- No further law violations- Periodic polygraph tests to measure compliance with probation- No possession of pornographic material- Regular attendance and acceptable behavior at school- Follow the supervision plan devised by your probation officer and therapist- Complete HIV testing and registration requirements
- Reside only at the address designated by the court- Must be supervised at all times by supervisors approved by the court (i.e., parents or other adults authorized by the court and probation)- Travel is restricted to Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties- Remain at home in the company of an approved adult (exceptions will be made for school and line-of-sight supervision by a court approved adult)- Obey rules of parent/supervising adult- Maintain contact with the assigned probation officer. The probation officer will provide youth with a specific day to call and check in.- Attend school or place of employment without absences and maintain best effort.- No violations of any criminal laws- No contact with the alleged victim(s), witness(es), co-defendant(s). This includes contact through electronic means or third parties. - Will not be allowed to reside with any victim.- Cannot possess guns, firearms, ammunition, or other weapons.- No unsupervised contact with children who are more than 24 months younger than the youth. The youth will not be allowed to share a bedroom with younger siblings. Placement of an alarm on a youth's bedroom door will also be required.- No unsupervised internet activity. If internet access is needed, a parent must be view the screen with the youth.- Cannot possess electronics that access the internet.
No, a permit is required.
When scheduling online you first search for the permit. While you are looking at the details of the permit, and if the permit is in an Issued status, use the “I want to…” feature to “Schedule Inspection.”
If you did not catch your inspector before he or she has left for the field, you will not normally get a call back until the next working day. We do, however, make every effort to return all calls within one working day.
No, a building permit is not required if it is not supporting a surcharge and is less than 4-feet in height and meets the offset of 1:1 ratio. IRC Section 105, Reference Bulletin #8.
Other regulations may apply; Ask a Permit Technician.
Inquiries on zoning can be made by Ask a Permit Technician.
Fill out the Refund Request Form and submit it to the PALS Accounting Section. If you have any questions regarding your request please call us at (253) 798-2619.
Pierce County has not mapped all critical areas on all property within Pierce County. Customers or property owners may Ask a Permit Technician or the Biologist of the Day (BOD) at (253) 798-7005 to discuss the process of finding out whether a property contains wetlands or fish and wildlife critical areas. Please have the Tax Parcel Number available.
1. Request for Removal of Development Moratorium. Used to lift development moratorium from entire parcel. Public hearing and Hearing Examiner approval required;2. Request for Single-Family Dwelling Exception. Used to allow development of a single-family residence and accessory structures/uses on an undivided area up to 2 acres in size. The development moratorium remains in effect on the remainder of parcel until it expires. You must wait until the approved forest practices permit expires before submitting an application for a SFDE when the harvest was permitted through an FPA. You must wait at least two years to submit an application from the date the moratorium was imposed when the harvest was unpermitted All impacts to Critical Areas must be mitigated and reforestation must either be bonded or completed (except where reforestation was not required by the forest practices permit) to obtain approval. No public notice or hearing.
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Yes , even indoor pets must be licensed. Pets frequently escape from homes. A license will help ensure its safe return. And, pet licensing is the law. Don't risk an infraction.
Animal Cruelty occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.
Here are some signs that may indicate abuse or neglect:
See RCW 16.52 for more information.
Solutions are not simple. Animal Control can’t just take the dog. To issue a ticket to the dog owner, several steps must be followed. It takes time, your cooperation, and quite a bit of paperwork. If the barking dog belongs to your neighbor, please talk with your neighbor. Believe it or not, many people don’t realize that their dog barks. If positive results are not achieved by your friendly visit, call your Animal Control authority. Animal noise is not an emergency. You will likely be asked to leave a voice mail complaint. Leave a message that includes your complete name, your address, the address of the barking dog, the owner’s name, and a description of the dog. We do not take anonymous calls.
The services areas listed below aren’t participating in this project. But, you probably still need to license your pet. We recommend that you call the appropriate number and ask about pet licensing in your area. And, encourage your city to participate in PierceCountyPets.org!
Contact South Sound 911 (253) 798-7441.
If your divorce was granted in Pierce County, you may contact the Clerk of the Superior Court, (253) 798-7455, for instructions on how to request a copy of the divorce.
If a road fulfills one of the categories, a recommendation is forwarded to the Pierce County Council in the form of a proposed ordinance, which if adopted, officially designates the classification of the road as an arterial or as primitive. The process includes public hearings and can take up to four months to complete.
When a road is designated as an arterial, it receives a center line paint stripe and all intersecting local road approaches are controlled by Stop signs. When a road is designated as primitive, it is posted with a primitive road sign that notifies drivers that no warning signs are present.
Roads are most effectively classified by their function. The primary functions of roads are:
The degree to which these functions are provided is considered an integral part of classifying roads. The main considerations for classifying roads into functional groups are the travel desires of the public, land service needs based on existing and expected land use, and the overall continuity of the system.
The Pierce County functional classification system directly addresses all public roads in unincorporated Pierce County (except state highways).
Additionally, to comply with state law, 'consideration' must be given by the owner for any deferral request. For deferred Traffic and Park Impact Fees, the owner must choose to either pay annual interest charges of 3%, OR waive their statutory right to a refund of Impact Fees not spent within ten years. For deferred Sewer Connection Charges, the owner is required to pay annual interest charges of 3%.
All entities that provide utility service for a fee to customers must have a franchise agreement (with the exception of AT&T and Qwest who have rights that pre-date the state law on franchises).
Pierce County does not enforce complaints against utility companies except for complaints about the condition of a roadway where a utility company was working.
In the meantime, the use of the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program (radar trailer) and Neighborhood Entry signs continue to be available.
In fact, 'Children at Play' signs can increase the potential for accidents by giving a false sense of protection to children and parents which cannot be guaranteed.
For these reasons, national traffic standards, such as the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), don't recognize such warning signs and discourage their use. Our department doesn't want to encourage children to play within the roadway, which is intended exclusively for the use of vehicles.
Additionally, to maintain consistency we would have to post the signs in so many locations throughout the county that they would cease to command the attention or respect of drivers.
In the months following their installation, the overall effectiveness as well as the public's receptiveness was evaluated by way of before and after speed/volume studies and neighborhood surveys. These results were provided to the County Council for further direction. Subsequently, permanent speed humps replaced the temporary humps in these two neighborhoods in 2007. In 2008, two more neighborhoods were selected for the Traffic Calming Pilot Program and were fitted with several speed humps.
In addition to the speed humps, the County also installed 12 driver feedback signs on arterial roads as a part of the Pilot Program. The effectiveness of these electronic signs in slowing arterial traffic has been mixed, primarily due to equipment reliability issues.
Neighborhoods and law enforcement can also make difference by working in groups to combat the problem. The most effective way of reducing a speeding problem is through selective enforcement, which is working with the Sheriff's Office on traffic infractions in your area. You can reach the neighborhood patrol deputy by phone at (253) 798-4840.
You can also report incidents at (253) 798-4840. When reporting, prepare to give Sherrif's Department deputies as much information as possible, such as:
'Neighborhood Entry' signs must be approved by the county engineer. Neighborhood groups or individuals are responsible for all costs associated with manufacturing, installing and maintaining the signs. To have the county engineer consider your neighborhood, request the 'Neighborhood Entry' Sign request form.
It is worth noting that vehicle manufacturing techniques have evolved in recent years. Many of the newer vehicles have components made of plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel and other materials that are less prone to corrosion than steel. In any case, it is advisable to wash your car periodically throughout the winter months to remove any chemical residue.
The Washington State Transportation Center and Washington State University conducted a thorough scientific study of the effects of chloride anti-icing products on the environment. This study was conducted on a stretch of SR 97 near Leavenworth where high volumes of chloride products were used near a fish bearing stream. The results indicated that deicing activities along SR 97 had no measurable negative impact on Peshastin Creek. The full report can be viewed at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/research/reports/fullreports/500.1.pdf
Sand gets picked up by tires and blown to the side of the road, instead of staying on the driving area of the roadway. In heavy traffic conditions, it is only effective for the first few vehicles.
Sand can clog roadway drains and ditches. Sand in streams may have an adverse impact on aquatic life.
Maintenance costs for sand are higher at the end of the season than salt or anti-icer chemicals due to the cleanup required.
If you are interested whether an improvement project is proposed for a particular road, you can look at the County Transportation Improvement Program.
In addition, it will be a financially constrained plan that will focus on the transportation projects and services that the County can realistically afford to implement over the next 20 years.
Sewer M&O staff do emergency repairs, line cleaning, smoke testing, and other types of ongoing maintenance on sewer pipes and pump stations.
Traffic M&O staff keep traffic signals and street lights operating properly, maintain street signs, and ensure lane striping and other pavement markings are visible and helpful to drivers.
Traffic M&O staff and equipment are currently housed in aging, inefficient buildings that cannot support the modern needs and activities associated with the maintenance and operation of traffic equipment. Based on these needs, it has become necessary to seek new quarters for the traffic M&O staff.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility will shift most of the sewer M&O staff and equipment currently located in University Place to the new facility. The timing of this shift coincides with the major expansion project being completed at the WWTP, allowing the number of new buildings needed at the WWTP site to be reduced, and some existing buildings to be cost-effectively reused. Construction of the Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility is scheduled to be complete by 2014 providing time for the sewer M&O staff to relocate prior to WWTP expansion construction overtaking their current workspace.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility gives Pierce County the opportunity to effectively solve three operational issues with one project.
Additionally, because the site is already owned by Pierce County, locating the facility at the 9th Street Pit provides a significant cost savings for the project.
Advantages of this program are:- No more check writing. - Payments post on the due date to eliminate late charges.- Saves on postage and allows your bill to be paid when you are away from home.
Accounts will automatically be removed from Account Clearing House (ACH) in the following circumstances: closed or frozen account, cannot locate account or if there are two consecutive bank returns (i.e. NSF, stop payment). For information or to request the Automatic Payment Plan, download the Automatic Bank Payment form or contact our Customer Service Department at (253) 798-4020.
Yes. Debit and credit cards may be used for online payments and in person at our Pierce County Finance Office only. The Finance office is located at 950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, in Tacoma. We accept VISA, MasterCard or e-check using our online system. A $3.50 convenience fee will apply to each payment transaction made online through the Pierce County online website.
A lien may be placed on a property for accounts that are in excess of 60 days delinquent. A collection letter will be mailed to the property owner and the mortgage company regarding the delinquent lien amount. The collection letter will list the amount of charges in arrears, and will explain that the customer must pay the charges in full. The collection letter will also provide notice that under the Revised Code of Washington, Pierce County may bring a foreclosure action against the property 60 days after the attachment of the lien.
The lien will be filed for all delinquent rates, fees and/or charges due in accordance with Pierce County Code Title 13.13.040. The lien amount will include late payment penalties together with accrued interest at eight percent (8%) per annum from the date due until paid. The lien will attach and foreclose pursuant to RCW 36.94.150.
Typically, payments are applied to the oldest charges first. However, once a lien has been established, only payments satisfying the lien in its entirety will be accepted in release of the lien.
Order requests are accepted online through www.soundgro.com only and are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. For current information on availability and specials, sign up for the SoundGRO Mailing List.
Due to construction activities at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, direct bag sales were discontinued to protect public safety. Individual bags may be available locally through retail distributors.
SoundGRO is well suited to home, commercial and agricultural uses. It can be applied anywhere you would use traditional commercial fertilizer and is perfect for shrubs, trees, garden beds, ornamental grasses and in farming. Because of statewide fertilizer restrictions, SoundGRO is not approved for general use on turf, but is excellent for establishing new grass and repairing damaged lawns using either seed or sod.
SoundGRO is a slow release fertilizer with a very low salt-index compared to traditional chemical based fertilizers. The nitrogen in SoundGRO is broken down by microorganisms in the soil before being absorbed by the plant. Slow-release prevents initial growth spurts in plants. It also ensures that the fertilizer works over a longer period of time, reducing the number of fertilizer applications required in a year. SoundGRO does not need to be watered in.
Most fertilizers contain small amounts of heavy metals. Several metals such as zinc are beneficial for human health and essential to healthy plant growth. Metals like lead and arsenic may pose a risk to human health if concentration levels are too high. The EPA and WSDA have adopted strict content standards for these metals in biosolids fertilizer. SoundGro meets these standards.
Individual 50-lb. bags may be available locally through one of our retail distributors. This list is provided as a courtesy only. Availability is not guaranteed. Please contact individual retailers for supply information.
SoundGRO and TAGRO are both made locally from Class A “Exceptional Quality” biosolids. While the City of Tacoma blends their biosolids with organic material and other soil products to make TAGRO, Pierce County dries our biosolids into a small pellet. If you have good results with one product, you may also find success with the other, but in a different application. For information about TAGRO, visit www.tagro.com or call (253)502-2150.
Did you know? Pouring water in unused drains also keeps harmful gases emitted from the sewer system from entering your home? It is good practice to regularly pour water in unused drains.
All properties contribute to the problem of surface water runoff, and they benefit from the county drainage system through flood control and improvements in water quality. All residents contribute to water pollution through daily activities such as vehicle driving, car washing, pet waste, and lawn fertilizing.
Recent Major Projects:- Construct a setback levee along the Puyallup River to reduce flooding along Orville Road and surrounding properties- Construct a large wetland reserve in the Midland area that will be used for a pilot in-lieu fee program for developments impacting wetlands- Complete Phase 2 of a side channel along the south fork of the Puyallup River to reduce flooding just north of Orting and provide salmon habitat- Orting Road flood protection- Replaced a portion of an asphalt parking lot at Sprinker Recreation Center and 139th St. E. with porous pavement to reduce flooding and protect water quality - Repaired 1,100 feet of levee on the Nisqually River at Mt. Rainier Park entrance - Constructed more than 1,200 feet of new setback levee and installed engineered log jams on the Puyallup River near Neadham Road - Removed a damaged levee that had been undermined by the Puyallup River, reducing the pressure of the main channel on properties near Orville Road East- Added a stormwater pond to reduce flooding in the Fir Ridge and Cedar Ridge neighborhoods- Finalized the Pierce County Rivers Flood Hazard Management plan- Install green infrastructure in Spanaway Lake Park to reduce polluted runoff entering the lake and Spanaway Creek
The cost of providing SWM services is also covered by other revenue sources, including real-estate excise tax (REET) and federal and state grants.
Agricultural property owners may submit an approved farm management plan prepared by the Pierce Conservation District (PCD) for a 25% reduction in their SWM Utility service charge. Contact PCD at (253) 845-9770 for assistance.
The SWM Utility service charges have been adjusted several times, largely due to the increased cost of constructing and maintaining the county-wide drainage system and aging levee system.
In addition, SWM Utility service charges fund the county’s requirement to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act. The requirements for compliance are outlined in the municipal stormwater permit, which requires specific steps by the county to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.
Beginning in 2007, Pierce County requirements and the cost of complying with the Federal Clean Water Act increased significantly. More requirements took effect in August 2013. Some of these requirements include:
- Inspections and maintenance of the entire County drainage system - Inspections and maintenance of county roadways and property- Business-inspection program- Technical assistance to home and business owners to reduce pollution - Water quality monitoring in local streams
As it does for all Pierce County utility rates, the Pierce County Council reviews, holds public hearings, and adopts SWM Utility service charges by ordinance. Pierce County Code (PCC) 11.02 authorizes the creation, method of calculating service charges, and other requirements related to the SWM Utility. PCC 11.02 can be found on-line at www.piercecountywa.org/council.
The more impervious surface area a property has, the more stormwater runoff it will generate. This increased stormwater runoff has a greater impact on the public drainage system. Therefore, higher SWM Utility service charges are appropriate so the county can manage the quantity and quality of that excess runoff.
2. Print and Complete BOTH the Pierce County Deferred Compensation application for an Emergency Hardship Withdrawal and either the ICMA-RC or ING (whichever plan you participate in) form.
3. Send the complete forms to Risk Management with a copy of your paystub and any supporting documents.
4. The forms will be reviewed by the deferred compensation hearing officer to determine if the request falls within IRS guidelines for an emergency hardship withdrawal. Either an approval or denial will be issued by the hearing officer.
5. If the request is approved, Risk Management will sign the appropriate forms and forward them to the correct contact at ICMA-RC or ING for processing. Processing typically takes 7 – 10 business days. The most efficient method is to request a direct deposit into your bank account.
6. If the request is denied, you will have an option to appeal the decision within 10 days of the receipt of the decision. To appeal a decision, contact Risk Management, 798-7462, to have an appeal scheduled.
To obtain statistics about crime occurring in your neighborhood please use either CrimeReports.com or CommunityCrimeMap.com; these sites provide citizens with access to maps of reported crimes around a designated address; users can sign up to receive updates on specific crime types within a specific distance of an address. For information about wanted fugitives, unidentified suspects, and other unsolved crimes in Pierce County go to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County.
Participation requires a commitment of one evening per week for 13 weeks. Each class lasts an average of 2-1/2 hours.
After receiving claim paperwork, the Property Room will place an ad in the Tacoma News Tribune. If no owner appears within the sixty day time period, the finder has thirty (30) days to claim the item for a $10.00 fee.
For Tacoma Municipal Court go to the City Attorney's office located on the 4th floor of the CCB. Defendants and spectators' parking will not be validated.
DAC WITNESSES ARE NOT VALIDATED FOR THEIR PARKING, they receive a witness fee and mileage only.
Animal Licenses: Auditor’s Office at the Pierce County Annex (253) 798-7427, Option 3
Against an Attorney: Direct any complaint against an attorney to:Washington State Bar Association2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 400Seattle, WA 98121-2330(206) 727-8208(800) 945-9722
Court Commissioners/Pro-tem Commissioners: Originals are filed with the Clerk’s Office, Room 110
You can contact the Court Facilitator by calling 253-798-3627 to schedule an appointment. The cost is $20.00.
For hearings before Judges, you should call the Judges’ Judicial Assistant at least three court days by noon prior to the scheduled hearing date.
Contact Information (Phone number where you can be reached)
Reasons CourtCall appearance is requested
The document must be received by the Commissioners’ Services Department at least three court days prior to the hearing date. Documents should be mailed (or delivered) to:
Pierce County Superior CourtCommissioner’s Services Dept, Room 140930 Tacoma Avenue SouthTacoma, WA 98402
For hearings before Judges: Make an oral request that details the reasons for your CourtCall request. This request should include the following information:
The request can be made orally to the Judge’s Judicial Assistant.
The Victim-Witness UnitUpholding the rights of victims is a top priority for the Prosecutor's Office. Victims and witnesses of crimes committed in Pierce County can contact the Victim Witness Assistance program for help. Victim-Witness staff provides the following services to thousands of victims every year: • Written notification of charges, scheduled court dates and victims rights. • Assistance in completing a Victim Impact Statement. • Referrals to local social service agencies and programs. • Accompaniment to court hearings and/or interviews related to the case. • Assistance in applying for Crime Victims Compensation. • Requests for restitution for financial loss incurred as a result of the crime. • Release of property that has been held as evidence, at conclusion of case.
If the Sheriff's Department does not receive an e-mail from the Prosecutors Office, the funds will not be released. Or, if the person who posted the bail does not come to the Sheriff's Department, the check will be sent to the person by mail.
Once the case has been charged and assigned a cause number, the bail money is automatically sent to the Clerk's Office. Once the case is closed and the Judgment and Sentence has been filed; the person seeking refund of the bail should go to the Judgments section of the Clerk's Office room 110.
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You must arrive by 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be heard before the Ex Parte Department closes. Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Orders will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. except under extraordinary circumstances. Ex Parte matters shall be scheduled using the electronic kiosk sign in process. Attorneys shall use the dedicated kiosk in the Clerk's Office (Room 110) to electronically sign in and schedule Ex Parte matters. Non-Attorneys/Self represented parties shall report to Commissioner Services Department (Room 140) to sign in and schedule Ex Parte matters.
Agreed orders already signed by both parties. Ex Parte Restraining Family Law emergency orders with contested issues that would cause irreparable damage if the order is not signed immediately. (The Declaration must detail the notice provided to the other party—if no notice is given, the court may reschedule the ex parte hearing to allow notice to the other party/attorney, or may waive notice if court rules and statutory requirements are met). If the hearing will last ten (10) minutes or more, the Ex Parte Department may assign the matter to another courtroom as follows: a) Contested Family Law matters may be assigned to one of the Commissioners sitting in Civil Division A, B or C; b) Non Family Law matters that do not request injunctive relief maybe assigned to the Commissioner in Civil Division A. Admitting Wills to Probate (must have verified petition with evidence of estate solvency and the birth date of proposed personal representative). Orders of default which do not require notice to the opposing party. Default Judgments Finalization of Dissolutions of Marriage, Invalidity of Marriage and Legal Separations presented by attorneys (self-represented parties must schedule finalization of these matters on the Self-Represented/ Pro Se Friday morning dockets). Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in RCW 26.09 and 26.10 matters after the full retainer has been paid and proof of payment is provided to the court. Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in guardianship matters (public and private pay cases). Orders to shorten time/exceed cap for a hearing before a Superior Court Commissioner. Emergency orders restraining relocation pursuant to RCW 26.09.510. Motions to stay issuance of writs of restitution Orders to show cause for any matters heard by Commissioners. Filing fee waivers.
Finalization of Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation or Invalidity for parties not represented by attorneys. These matters must be scheduled on the self-represented/pro se dissolution docket. (Friday mornings).
Finalization of Non-Parental Custody matters.
Requests for civil injunctive relief. These matters shall go to the Presiding Judge pursuant to PCLR 65.
For further information on interpreter's issues please contact Interpreter Services at (253) 798-6091.
To serve as a juror you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Pierce County and able to communicate in English. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you must have had your rights restored.
After reading, please send your Summons back. Please mark the reason for an excusal. For postponements, please give us a new date within the next 4 months. To confirm your report date, return the Summons with your personal information filled out.
We are sorry if we have summoned your loved one at this time and we send our condolences. We will do our best to remove them from our database, but we need your help. We receive and update our jury data once a year from the State. To assist in removing your loved one from remaining in the database, please contact both the Driver's License Office and the Voter's Registration Office at the Auditor's Office.
Report a deceased juror from voter registration list:
Report a deceased juror at DOL (Drivers License):
send a copy of the death certificate by one of the following methods:
• Submit a letter on letterhead from your company or company you are employed for and have your supervisor sign it. • It must state they do not compensate for jury duty or it is an undue hardship to release you to serve.
• Submit a letter from your physician. • Do not send lists of medications or copies of disability paperwork we will not excuse you. • The letter must be completed by an expert in the medical field. Undue Hardship
• An undue hardship would be dependent care for your child or an elderly adult or disabled child or adult.• Please note if you are a caretaker of a disabled child or adult we will require a letter from their physician stating you are their primary care provider.
All Excusals may be sent, emailed or faxed to our office
• Jury Administration930 Tacoma Ave S, Rm 123Tacoma, WA 98402• Fax 253-798-7057• Email Address PCJuryOffice@co.pierce.wa.us
Not Qualified To Serve As a Juror In Pierce County
• Felony Conviction and rights have not been restored• Do not speak English• Not a US Citizen• No longer live in Pierce County.
Jury Duty Postponements
• You may postpone only ONE time up 6 months from the date you have been selected to serve Jury Duty.• Do not postpone to future date to obtain an excusal• Postponements may not be excused. Once selected it is a firm date, the court will expect you to serve on that date
Since there can be extended periods of time when you will not be required in the courtroom, you may want to bring a book or magazine. You may bring your laptop computer. There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the jury room. The jury room is equipped with games, puzzles, books, and magazines.
DO NOT bring any metal silverware, items with a sharp edge, or heavy metal belts/buckles.
Give yourself 30 minutes after arrival to find a parking space and to come through the County-City Building security check point.
Please be on time whenever you are told to report. This is especially important when serving on a case since the entire proceeding can be delayed because of the tardiness of one juror.