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The City’s zoning and building codes regulate the types of uses in designated land use areas and in certain types of structures.
Every tax parcel within the City is assigned to a zoning district. Each zoning district has specific development standards and a specific combination of allowed uses. Allowed uses require development permits to be established.
Please visit Edgewood GIS at gis.edgewood.org to look up a property and its zoning. You may also view the zoning layer directly within the GIS. Please visit our Maps and Directions page for more information.
View the Land Use Table – EMC 18.70.050 to view land uses by zoning district.
A change of use occurs when the general character of the existing or previous activities on the property differ from what you are proposing. This can include a different use as identified on the Land Use Table in EMC 18.70.050, a change in the structure’s occupancy classification as defined by the Building Code, or other changes in the characteristics of the occupancy, such as increased traffic generation or different hours of operation.
Uses that are vacated or abandoned for a period of six or more months are not considered “existing.”
A change of use requires documentation indicating the legality of the previous use, such as a building permit or certificate of occupancy that clearly identifies the previous use.
Always needed for a change of use:
Sometimes needed for a change of use:
Building permits, in addition to site plan design review, are required when there is a change of use.
Building permits are required when there are modifications to walls, ceilings or partitions over 5 ft. 9 in. in height.
Site plan design review is required for new construction, expansions, remodels, or alterations by more than five percent of the existing floor area, or for a change of use.
If the proposed use generates additional traffic, a Traffic Concurrency Reservation Certificate (CRC) may be required. The CRC may identify additional traffic improvement requirements.
If additional pavement or stormwater infrastructure is needed, a Surface Water Compliance or Site Development Permit may be required.
To have a better understanding of what permits are required, you are encouraged to call the Community and Economic Development Department at 253.952.3299 or email permit staff.
Other permits are required for:
When a property undergoes a change of use as described above, different zoning regulations may apply for pedestrian access, parking, or landscaping. Upgrades to the parking area may also require upgrades to the storm water retention system. A change in use may also require additional restrooms or barrier free accessibility upgrades such as the addition of a ramp at the entry.
Pre-application meetings are not generally required for a change of use. However, applicants are encouraged to apply for a pre-application meeting for larger projects. The pre-application meeting will allow you to get preliminary feedback on your proposal from all City departments and partner review agencies.
Site plan design review is required for new construction, change of use, or for expansions, remodels, or alterations by more than five percent of the existing floor area.
Adding new gross floor area to existing tenant space or changing to a higher impact use may require an updated Traffic Concurrency Reservation Certificate (CRC). The CRC may identify additional required traffic mitigation measures, such as improvements or payment of traffic impact fees. Changing to a lower impact use does not require a new CRC.
Building permit fees are based off of the valuation of construction. Site plan design review has flat fees for new construction or alterations. Please see our fee schedule online or at City Hall for more information.
In most cases, yes. The City of Edgewood requires any business located within city limits to be licensed prior to operating.
Businesses that are located outside of city limits but conduct business activities within city limits, such as contractors and mobile food vendors, are required to obtain a business license if their annual income within city limits exceeds $5,000. Edgewood city limits can be viewed on Edgewood GIS.
Yes. Many businesses, such as contractors, have physical locations outside city limits but still perform work within the city. Unless the business’s annual income within city limits is less than $5,000, a license is required.
There are a few extra rules that try to keep the “home” in “home based business.” Is your business online? Do you have in-person customers, but see less than eight per day? A home occupation certificate may fit your needs. It will allow you to operate a business within your home whether you live in a house, townhouse, apartment, or accessory dwelling unit. View the Home Occupation Certificate and Appendices for details. For a full list of home occupation standards, please see EMC 18.100.070 and EMC 18.100.080.
Please visit the Washington State Department of Revenue to complete a business license application.
Please visit the Washington State Department of Revenue and click the link to “Add a city license to your business.”
You will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately six weeks before your endorsements expire. Please visit the Washington State Department of Revenue for details.
The City of Edgewood has an Interlocal Agreement with Metro Animal Services for all your pet-related services/needs. You may purchase your pet licenses at City Hall or you can visit the Metro Animal Services Page to purchase your license online. Licensing and micro-chipping your pet is the best way to ensure its safe return home. If your pet is lost, a license lets the finder know that it is a cherished member of your family, not a stray. Click here for more information on licensing your pet.
Don’t give up! Contact Metro Animal Services Shelter at 253-299-PETS (7387). You can also check with the Humane Society of Tacoma / Pierce County at 253-383-2733. In addition, consider posting on social media sites. Be sure to use a recent photograph so your pet is easily identifiable.
Metro Animal Services is dedicated to protecting people and animals. Violations of county code and/or state law can have big penalties - from a $246 infraction to imprisonment. There are two ways to file a complaint - online or by phone.
Dial 9-1-1. Emergencies are situations such as: aggressive and threatening animals currently loose, injured domestic animals, and animal cruelty or abuse in progress.
Call Metro Animal Services at 253-299-PETS (7387). If directed to leave a message, please include your name, address, phone number, the nature of your complaint and the animal owner’s address, if known. After making a complaint, you may be contacted to obtain a statement or additional information.
Metro has three full time Animal Control Officers who provide field services including response to stray or lost animals, barking dogs and animal noise nuisance complaints, aggressive and dangerous dogs, as well as injured animal rescue, dead animal removal, investigating reports of animal cruelty, kennel and pet shop inspections, and public education.
If you need Animal Control assistance, call the shelter at 253-299-PETS (7387). All calls will be handled on a priority basis. For emergencies involving immediate threats to public safety, call 9-1-1.
Threats include but are not limited to:
A dog that has bitten a human must be captured and appropriately quarantined for a ten-day period. Dog bites should be reported to Metro Animal Services as soon as possible by calling the shelter at 253-299-PETS (7387). If the bite requires medical attention, call 9-1-1 to notify an animal control officer.
Injured animals should be called in to the on-duty animal control officer. After normal service hours, citizens should call 9-1-1.
During normal business hours, animal control officers will pick up stray animals. However, pick-ups must be completed by 4 pm to allow the animal control officer ample travel time and processing at the shelter. You may bring animals directly to the shelter, located in Puyallup at 1200 39th Ave SE. Due to limited staffing and high caseloads, you may experience a delayed response to your request for a stray animal pick-up. If you feel it is safe to transport non-aggressive animals directly to the animal shelter, you may prefer to use that option.You may also request a stray animal patrol if you know of a specific problem in your neighborhood. Please provide the description of the dog and the owner information if known. Stray animal patrol requests are handled as soon as possible on a priority basis compared with other requests for service.
A certain amount of noise must be tolerated living in urban and suburban areas, as they are part of daily life. However, when the noise becomes unreasonable, such as a chronic, excessive barking dog, we offer suggestions that can help reinstate peace and quiet to your neighborhood.
The first course of action is to speak to the dog owner directly, or if that is not possible, send a letter. Be sure to use a neighborly tone, offering solutions and compromises, and allow a remedy period. Those are your best options for solving the problem at a neighborhood level.
If that approach is unsuccessful, please contact the shelter for assistance. Beyond a written warning, it can be difficult to enforce a barking dog complaint. Many complaints require one or more witnesses to file a written statement documenting the date, time, and location of the incident; animal description; and the owner information, if known. Please be prepared to provide additional information to the investigating officer about specific dates and times that the violation is occurring.
Be sure to report any incidents involving dog bites to domestic animals, ongoing animal neglect, cruelty and/or abuse, or general nuisance problems. Start by contacting the shelter.
Many complaints require one or more witnesses to file a written statement documenting the date, time, and location of the incident; animal description; and the owner information, if known. Anonymous complaints can be made but any enforcement beyond a verbal warning generally requires that a witness write a statement and be willing to testify in court.
Thank you for your willingness to be part of the solution by helping fight crime. At this time, tips cannot be left anonymously on this site. However, you can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day by clicking here or by calling 800-222-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an ARREST & CHARGES or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
(NOTE: Crime Stoppers is NOT law enforcement, therefore they do NOT file reports nor investigate crime. They forward your tip to law Enforcement investigating those crimes. They do not take tips from victims of a crime as they must file a report with Law Enforcement for a crime to exist. They must then continue to work with the detective assigned to their case.)
You may get a call saying you have a warrant for missing jury duty and you’re going to be arrested unless you pay the warrant using gift cards. Or they may say you have a relative who has been arrested in a foreign country and they will go to prison if you don’t pay their bail immediately using gift cards. Both of these scenarios are complete scams. You will never be asked to pay police fines using gift cards.
A caller might promise a Free Trial but then sign you up for products — sometimes lots of products — that you’re billed for every month until you cancel, and they will make it very difficult to cancel. Don’t fall for it.
Have you been notified you won a prize or lottery but need to pay the registration, shipping, or taxes to claim your winnings? This is a scam. You will never have to pay money up front for winning a lottery legitimately. And be real … if you didn’t play the Costa Rican Lottery, you probably didn’t win the Costa Rican Lottery. Oh, and it’s illegal to play foreign lotteries by mail or phone.
Trying to sell something online? Beware of buyers sending you a check for more than the selling price and asking you to send them back the balance. These are usually stolen or forged checks. Just don’t do it.
You get a call your family member has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. You may even hear screaming in the background that sounds like your loved one. They order you to stay on the phone until the money is wired to prevent you from calling your relative to check on them. This is a scam, hang up and call your loved one. If you’re still concerned, call the police to check on them.
Are you using social connection sites to meet someone special? Scammers often pose as good-looking, wealthy suitors looking for love. Beware of someone who brags about riches, shows interest when they are much younger than you, or asks to leave the monitored site to talk directly via phone or email. These are common red flags that they are up to no good. And NEVER EVER send this special person money.
You get an email from an assassin who claims he’s been hired to kill you and he’s watching your every move. Fortunately for you, the hitman is willing to spare your life if you pay him. Oh, and you can’t call the police because he has people inside the PD working with him. Don’t believe this story, it’s a popular scam.
Sometimes door-to-door salespeople aren’t legit. By misrepresenting themselves, scammers can learn your name and the names of family members, determine how many people live in your home, what your schedule is, and even get the opportunity to case your house when they are invited in. If you didn’t call them, don’t let them in!
Important points to remember when you’re trying to determine if something is a scam:
Click here to be directed to Edgewood’s Crime Data map. On it, you will be able to see the past 90 days of crime statistics harvested from Pierce County’s crime information. Please be aware, there can be a delay of up to several weeks as data is uploaded to the system.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Program strives to create a close working relationship between property owners/managers and law enforcement. The goal of this program is to empower property managers with the knowledge and tools needed to keep illegal activity off their rental property. This is a solution-oriented program which is designed to be simple yet effective in reducing the incidences of crime in rental property.
The benefits can include:
To learn more about Edgewood PD’s CFMH Program, please contact our Community Liaison Deputy or calling 253-798-4960.
A junk vehicle is defined as any vehicle with three or more of the following conditions:
This definition does not include special-interest vehicles, vehicles undergoing active restoration, farm machinery, or prominently displayed ornamental machinery.
If you own the vehicle:
If you have the title – call a towing or wrecking company near your home and ask if the company is licensed to remove junk vehicles. Depending on the scrap metal market value and the type of the vehicle you have, the hauler may or may not charge to haul your vehicle. Some may even pay you. Call around for the best deal. The original copy of your title will go with the hauler; however, you may want to make copies for your own records. If you cannot find the title, contact the Department of Licensing (DOL).
If the vehicle belongs to someone else:
If you do not have the legal documentation for the vehicle (for example, a title or court order), fill out a Junk Vehicle Affidavit Request Form and return. The Code Enforcement Officer will perform an inspection and notify you when the Junk Vehicle Affidavit (JVA) is ready for you. Follow the instructions on the back of the JVA to notify the legal owner. The form also contains a section for cases where the legal owner can’t be found. The original copy of your JVA will go with the hauler, however, you may want to make copies for your own records.
No, the Junk Vehicle Affidavit Request program is designed of the purpose of disposing of junk vehicles. Your JVA will have a large red stamp on it that states “FOR SCRAP ONLY”. Contact your local DOL office for title information.
No, the city process does not include removing the junk vehicle from your property. You will need to make arrangements and pay for the removal of the vehicle.
Please email Edgewood Code Enforcement or call 253-392-2561.
If you are a resident of Edgewood and have been a victim of a forgery, immediately close the account that is being used, whether it is a checking account or a credit card account. Report the forgery to your Edgewood PD by either calling the non-emergency number at 253-287-4455 or clicking here to file a police report online.
If you are a resident of Edgewood and have been a victim of identity theft, either by the use of your social security number, name and/or credit information, report the forgery to your Edgewood PD by either calling the non-emergency number at 253-287-4455 or clicking here to file a police report online. Next, notify the Social Security Administration, all three credit bureaus, and the U.S. Postal Inspector or Federal Trade Commission if appropriate.
Source: Identity Theft Resource Center
Dispose of any left-over prescription or over-the-counter medicine the safe way at Edgewood City Hall. Disposing here keeps your meds from being misused or polluting the environment. Look for the blue bin in the lobby. It’s easy to use, just drop in old medicine by opening the front just like a mailbox. No forms, no paperwork, no fuss.
When operating on our standard schedule, City Hall is open to use the bin M-F from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please call the Edgewood PD at 253-798-4960 to set up an appointment to drop your medications off.
There are many other medication disposal bins available throughout Pierce County. Click here to find one near you.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Edgewood Police Department feel you have the right to know about high-risk sexual offenders living in your neighborhood. To find out more information or to view a current map, click here.
If you are an Edgewood resident, are planning to be away from home for at least 5 days but not more than 90 days, and would like the Edgewood Police to perform residence checks on your home and property in your absence, please complete a Vacation Check Request and return it to the Police Department at least 7 days before your scheduled departure. We are not able to accept requests made by telephone.
This is a Washington State Information Network that can get you quickly connected with the resources that can help you–everything from Confidential Address Protection Programs to Victim/Offender Mediation Programs. Get started by simply dialing 211.
The Washington Statewide Victim Information and Notification Service will tell you if an offender is in custody and will give you other important custody information. You may register for automatic notification when an offender is released, transferred, escapes or dies. This service is completely confidential, and the offender will not know you are registered. Click here to learn more or call 1-877-846-3492.
There are a number of additional resources for victims of domestic violence:• The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center 253-798-4310• National Domestic Violence 24-hr Hotline 800-799-7233• Pierce County 24-hr Crisis Line 800-576-7764• Rebuilding Hope Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County 253-474-7273 or 800-756-7273
• Exodus Housing 253-862-6808• YWCA Women’s Shelter 253-383-2593• Family Renewal Shelter 253-475-9010• Salvation Army 24-hr number 253-572-8452• Korean Women’s Association 253-359-0470
No. Concealed Pistol License applications and renewals are issued through South Sound 911. Please see below for South Sound 911’s contact information.
No. Fingerprinting must go through South Sound 911. Please see below for South Sound 911’s contact information.
No. All Pistol Transfer Applications and Federal Firearms Licenses must be submitted through South Sound 911. Please see below for South Sound 911’s contact information.
Neighborhood Crime Watch is a national program based on the principle of neighbors working together as the first and best line of defense against crime. Neighborhood Crime Watch has been around for over 25 years and has proven to be an extremely effective deterrent to crime at the neighborhood level.
Neighborhood Crime Watch organizes and extends what you are probably already doing on an informal level. We tend to know and watch out for our neighbors next door, but neighbors at one end of the block may not know the neighbors at the other end of the block. Organizing a Neighborhood Crime Watch makes this attitude of watchfulness more systematic and provides a block map with neighbors’ names and telephone numbers, which can be used in case of an emergency. Neighborhood Crime Watch is simple to start and can improve the security of your neighborhood while also increasing your sense of community.
Neighborhood Crime Watch doesn’t require you to perform any special tasks, attend lots of meetings, or take on extra responsibilities. You don’t have to patrol the neighborhood or tell your neighbors every aspect of your business, it just involves being alert and vigilant as a part of your everyday life.
Neighborhood Crime Watch encourages you and your neighbors to be familiar enough with each other to know who belongs in the neighborhood and who doesn’t, which cars are a part of the neighborhood and which aren’t. The goal is to be a little more observant of changes in your surroundings, so you can recognize when something suspicious is going on. Neighborhood Crime Watch is simply watching out for one another!
If you are interested in forming a Neighborhood Crime Watch in your area, fill out the registration form. We’ll get you started with a free Crime Watch Kit, which has a How-To guide, invitations, important phone numbers, and warning decals. When you get your first meeting scheduled, let us know and an officer will be happy to come explain the program in more detail, talk about crime in your area, and provide steps to improve your home security.
Following the City’s annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), here is a summary of priority locations on the horizon:
The City did amend the Comprehensive Plan in 2020 (see https://arcg.is/0Dn05S0 for a map) that identified three new potential routes (2 to the south, 1 to the east). Staff is working with developers on the south side to ensure the right-of-way for those routes is set aside, and no work has occurred on the east side to date.
It is up to the State Legislature to set the biennial budget for WSDOT. At this time, there are no WSDOT funds identified toward any sites in Edgewood for the City’s six-year planning horizon.
Edgewood Municipal Code (EMC) Chapter 10.12 regulates parking in public right-of-way. EMC 10.12.020(D) requires the paved roadway surface to remain clear (minimum 20-foot width), 10.12.020(G) prohibits RV’s, 10.12.020(J) limits parking to 48 consecutive hours, and 10.12.020(L) requires mailboxes to be accessible from 8am to 6pm.
Visit the LexisNexis Community Crime Map website. You can even sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly crime updates in your neighborhood! You can also view our monthly Crime Blotter (PDF).
Most times, it’s best to file a report by calling 253-798-4721, ext. 1 so you can speak to someone directly. If that isn’t possible, you can report non-emergency crimes online using South Sound 911 File a Report page. Please don’t use this page to report crimes in progress; call 911 for any emergencies. Non-emergency crimes are things like lost property, theft, vandalism, and vehicle prowls.
You can also request a copy of a previously filed police report.
Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPLs) are issued through South Sound 911. You can find more information on the application process and how to get started.
All questions regarding the following must be submitted to South Sound 911:
Unfortunately, the Edgewood Police Department is unable to answer questions or give advice regarding any of these topics.
You can reach South Sound 911 at:South Sound 911 - Brady Desk945 Tacoma Avenue STacoma, WA 98402Phone: 253-798-6249Fax: 253-798-3618Email Brady DeskSouth Sound 911 Website
Thanks so much for your help! You can leave anonymous tips 24 hours a day at Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Note: Crime Stoppers is not law enforcement, therefore they do not file reports nor investigate the crime. They forward your tip to law Enforcement investigating those crimes. They do not take tips from victims of a crime as they must file a report with Law Enforcement for a crime to exist. They must then continue to work with the detective assigned to their case.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Edgewood Police Department feel that you have the right to know about high-risk sex offenders living in your neighborhood. View a current map and find out more information.
The vehicle was operated in violation of Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.440 and enforced pursuant to RCW 46.63.170 and Edgewood Municipal Code Chapter 10.25. The vehicle was operated at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit in the school zone where school speed limit signs indicate a 20 MPH speed limit, warning lights are flashing and signs indicating the speed limit is enforced with automated traffic safety cameras.
No. Because this violation is a civil infraction rather than a moving traffic violation, no points will be assessed on your driving record, nor can it be used for any purpose in the provision of motor vehicle insurance.
The fine is $166.00 for 1 – 10 MPH over the posted speed; or $250 for 11+ MPH over the posted speed.
Payments are made to the Pierce County District Court through nCourt. You can make a payment over the phone by calling nCourt at 253-590-4452, or you can visit the nCourt website at www.pcdistrictcourtpay.com. You will need your case number (the 1AE number) off your citation.
Yes. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please call Pierce County District Court directly at 253-798-7487, or email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
The due date is included on the citation.
Contact Pierce County District Court to obtain a copy by calling 253-798-7487, or emailing them at email@example.com.
Not if you are not speeding. The radar is able to track multiple vehicles. If you are traveling at or below the posted speed limit, you will not be cited.
See the schedule here.
You may request a hearing by completing and mailing the hearing coupon on the back of the citation to Pierce County District Court at 930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 239, Tacoma WA, 98402. If you have additional questions, please contact Pierce County District Court at 253-798-7487, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If someone else was driving your vehicle at the time of the infraction, you can download and fill out an Affidavit of Non-Liability form. If more than one owner is listed on the registration, all owner’s signatures are required on this form. Once completed, the form must be sent to Pierce County District Court. You can do this by mail at Pierce County District Court at 930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 239, Tacoma WA, 98402; by dropping it off in person at the same address; or by email at email@example.com.
You may request a mitigation hearing or contested hearing by completing and mailing the hearing coupon on the back of the citation to Pierce County District Court at 930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 239, Tacoma WA, 98402. If you have additional questions, please contact Pierce County District Court at 253-798-7487, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to pay the infraction will result in the debt being sent to collections. Two or more unpaid infractions will suspend the ability to renew the vehicle’s registration tabs.
You can review the video clip of the incident by going to the website shown at the top right-hand corner of the citation. If you have additional concerns, please contact the Pierce County District Court at 253-798-7487, or email@example.com.
The school zone cameras perform a daily automated internal tuning for accuracy. In addition, the system takes two pictures that measure a start point (point A) to an endpoint (point B), which provides a distance over time measurement. This measurement is used to confirm the velocity picked up by the radar, as well as if the vehicle continued into the school zone. The cameras have an external calibration done monthly and the results are provided to District Court for verification.
Not as of November 1, 2021. Council has asked to defer any action until after the Open House, and has discussion scheduled for the November 2, 2021 study session.
Not as of November 1, 2021. Council and Staff wanted to have further conversation with citizens, to better understand the concerns, before we effort that work.
While the extension of a roadway through the park is an option being considered, and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan amendment (see https://arcg.is/0Dn05S0 for a map) shows a “Planned Collector” through the park, this is only conceptual at this time and no final decisions have been made. The purpose of this “Planned Collector” is to provide residents an alternative to turning left onto Meridian Ave E (SR-161) from 29th St E or 32nd St E, including traffic calming and pedestrian safety provisions – it would not be designed as a parallel thoroughfare to Meridian, nor is it intended to address any traffic problems on Meridian itself.
Not at this time, to allow flexibility for future improvements on both roads. The requirement for pedestrian connectivity has been met by the construction of 8-foot-wide walkways within the park.
This is one of several reasons the City has prioritized this intersection. One goal is to continue the second northbound lane to the north, connecting with the recent sidewalk improvement south of 24th St E. As for ways to encourage drivers to wait for the signal, the City did ask WSDOT to consider “No Turn on Red” restrictions at the intersection, but it did not meet their minimum requirements due to lack of reported incident history.
Pending any decision on future plans for this intersection, some temporary measures are planned at this corner before the new park is opened: yellow warning domes and white fog line striping. Any future improvement to the intersection would include addressing the long crosswalk and ADA-accessibility.