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Water approval is the first step to get a permit if you want to develop your property or business.
If you need Drinking Water approval for a:
New Septic System
The requirements depend on your water supply. All water systems must meet public health standards.
Large Water System Service Area
- You need to complete a 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
- You can email us for approval.
Platting, Binding Site Plan or Boundary Line Adjustment
You need our approval for new lots or changes to existing boundary lines.
- 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 new facilities and changes to:
- Existing menus.
- Floor plans.
You need to:
- Complete the Water Adequacy Verification.
- Have a copy of a current water bill, or a Certificate of Water Availability.
You can read more about:
Starting a new childcare? Your 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).
Well start notification.
Well seal verification form.
Enhanced storage form.
Planning and Land Services must review all proposed wells for water-right exemption. The Department of Ecology has more resources for you.
Add additional dwelling unit (ADU) on my property.
The requirements vary. You can schedule a consultation to discuss your project.
Develop or expand a public water system.
Get an existing water system approved.
Decommission a well.
You need a licensed well-driller.
Not able to meet our requirements?
You can request a variance/waiver. You can schedule a consultation with us talk about it.