Building Departments in Tacoma, Washington

There are 4 Building Departments in Tacoma, Washington, serving a population of 207,280 people in an area of 50 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 51,820 people, and 1 Building Department per 12 square miles.

In Washington, Tacoma is ranked 82nd of 729 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 75th of 729 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Tacoma Building Departments

Find Tacoma, Washington building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Pierce County Permits 2401 South 35th Street Tacoma, WA

Pierce County Planning Department 2401 South 35th Street Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Permits 747 Market Street Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Zoning 747 Market Street Tacoma, WA

About the Tacoma Building Department

Building Departments in Tacoma, WA are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Tacoma DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Tacoma, Washington building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Tacoma building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Tacoma, WA zoning laws and requirements

Tacoma Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Tacoma Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Tacoma Residential Housing Units
 TacomaPierce County
Total Housing Units89,664343,060
Occupied Housing Units82,540 (92.1%)317,699 (92.6%)
Tacoma Occupied Residential Buildings
 TacomaPierce County
Single-Family Detached Homes51,806 (62.8%)209,167 (65.8%)
Single-Family Attached Homes2,437 (3.0%)14,981 (4.7%)
2 Apartments2,417 (2.9%)8,222 (2.6%)
3 or 4 Apartments3,835 (4.6%)12,485 (3.9%)
5 to 9 Apartments5,019 (6.1%)16,635 (5.2%)
10 or More Apartments16,709 (20.2%)37,216 (11.7%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing317 (0.4%)18,993 (6.0%)
Tacoma Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 TacomaPierce County
2014 or Later918 (1.1%)5,941 (1.9%)
2010 to 20131,951 (2.4%)11,465 (3.6%)
2000 to 20096,861 (8.3%)53,363 (16.8%)
1980 to 199917,539 (21.2%)101,836 (32.1%)
1960 to 197919,533 (23.7%)79,414 (25.0%)
1940 to 195914,479 (14,479.0%)34,244 (34,244.0%)
1939 or Earlier21,259 (25.8%)31,436 (9.9%)
Tacoma Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 TacomaPierce County
1 Room2,752 (3.3%)5,619 (1.8%)
2 or 3 Rooms51,745 (62.7%)209,693 (66.0%)
4 or 5 Rooms29,974 (36.3%)111,130 (35.0%)
6 or 7 Rooms23,926 (29.0%)100,687 (31.7%)
8 or More Rooms13,662 (16.6%)68,900 (21.7%)
Tacoma Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 TacomaPierce County
No Bedroom3,352 (4.1%)6,558 (2.1%)
1 Bedroom11,924 (14.4%)29,376 (9.2%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms51,745 (62.7%)209,693 (66.0%)
4 or More Bedrooms15,519 (18.8%)72,072 (22.7%)
Tacoma Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 TacomaPierce County
With Complete Plumbing Facilities82,234 (99.6%)316,682 (99.7%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities81,588 (98.8%)314,972 (99.1%)