Community Development

About Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for producing and maintaining the Fife Comprehensive Plan, reviewing and maintaining zoning codes, and overseeing permitting for the City of Fife. The Fife Comprehensive Plan provides direction that guides the City’s development, thereby supporting Fife citizens’ vision of what they want their community to be.

At Fife City Hall the Community Development Department accepts applications and issues permits, civil & land use work, as well as for signs & special events. Electrical permits are issued and inspected through Tacoma Power (253-502-8277). Since 2005, Fife has issued over 6,100 permits and seen nearly $400 million worth of construction.

The Planning Division works on immediate planning activities as well as long range planning, such as comprehensive plan changes and public meetings to support public policy decisions, and current planning activities including environmental and land use decisions. The Planning Division also provides staff support for the Planning Commission.

If you need to complete an environmental checklist, building permit or other form, check our Applications & Forms webpage.

Variances and Conditional Use Permits are subject to the Hearing Examiner Process.

You may send email to Steve Friddle with questions or comments regarding the Community Development Department. You may also contact any of the other staff listed throughout our website. The staff can be reached by phone at (253) 922-9625.


Steve Friddle
Community Development Director

Robert Scott
Plans Examiner/Deputy Fire Marshal

Perry Fegley, CBO
Certified Building Official/Fire Marshal & ADA Coordinator

Melissa Pattee
Senior Administrative Assistant

Bonnie Rushmeier
Permit Coordinator

Taylor Jones
Associate Planner


Chris Larson
Senior Planner





The City of Fife is an equal opportunity‎ employer.