Landmarks design review switching to online Tacoma permits system

In an effort to streamline the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s design review, the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is moving this process to the online Tacoma Permits system.

This web-based permitting platform utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies including online permit application, online payment processing, and will efficiently track the permitting process in historic districts. The change to the new system began on Thursday, March 1. As of  this date, City staff will begin working with residents to use the system and expects to have the full permit process transitioned to the Tacoma Permits system by Tuesday, May 1.

“Our goal in making these changes is to bring the historic design review process in line with the other permitting services and technical assistance offered by the City,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight. “This should result in simpler processing, and give customers more of a one-stop shopping experience.”

For more information on landmarks design review, visit or email or call (253) 591-5254. For information on how to use or pre-register for a Tacoma Permits account, visit, email or call (253) 591-5030.

– City of Tacoma