Water approval is the first step to get a permit to develop your property or business.
I need Drinking Water approval for a:
New Septic System
Requirements depend on your water supply. All water systems must meet public health standards.
Large Water System Service Area
- You need a completed Certificate of Water Availability.
Small Water System (Group B)
- The water system manager must complete a Water Availability Letter.
- New or existing wells need water approval before septic approval.
Unapproved water system
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Platting, Binding Site Plan or Boundary Line Adjustment
New lots or changes to existing boundary lines require Health Department approval.
- Plat/Land Division Submittal Standards
- Plat/Land Division FAQs
- Boundary Line Adjustment FAQs
- Plat/Land Division Submittal Checklist and Application
- Certificate of Water Availability
Food Establishments, Schools, Pools and Camps
We review and approve any new facilities or changes to existing menu, equipment, design or floor plan.
- Complete Water Adequacy Verification.
- Copy of a current water bill, or a Certificate of Water Availability.
- Visit our Opening a Food Business page for more information.
- Visit our Pool Plan Review page for more information.
- Visit our Camp Health and Safety page for more information.
- Visit our School Plan Review page for more information.
Child Care Centers
Starting a new child care? Water must be from an approved public water system.
- Submit a Water Adequacy Form with a current water bill.
Advertised public events that serve food must:
Sell or refinance my property (real estate).
When you buy or sell a home, know if your water supply is safe, reliable and meets disclosure requirements.
We review and approve new wells in Pierce County.
Drill a new individual well (one house).
- Individual Well Guide and Application—Application for you or your well-driller.
Drill a public well (more than one house or business).
- Hire a licensed well-driller.
- Well Guidance regarding Hirst Decision—How it affects you.
- New Permit-Exempt Wells Policy Change
Planning and Land Services must review all proposed wells for water-right exemption. See more resources for property owners at Department of Ecology.
Add additional dwelling unit (ADU) on my property.
Requirements vary. Schedule a consultation with Drinking Water staff to discuss your proposed project.
Develop a new or expand a public water system.
Get an existing water system approved.
Decommission a well.
You need a licensed well-driller to decommission a well no longer in use.
Not able to meet our requirements?
You can request a variance/waiver. Schedule a consultation with Drinking Water staff to review application and requirements.