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 and land use work, as well as for signs and special events. Electrical permits are issued and inspected through Tacoma Power (253-502-8277). 

Planning Division

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.

Permits & Forms

The Community Development Department issues permits for all types of development within the City. Online applications can be submitted by following the instructions on our online permitting page, or by visiting our online permit center

For questions regarding permitting please call: 253-896-8632 or email

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

Contact Information

You may email Chris Larson with questions or comments regarding the Community Development Department. 

The staff can be reached by phone at 253-922-9624 (Building) or 253-922-9625 (Planning) or by emailing us at