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). Since 2005, Fife has issued over 6,100 permits and seen nearly $400 million worth of construction.

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.  Alternatively, you can download paper applications and forms and submit hard copies to City Hall.  Emailed applications will not accepted. All applications shall be submitted through the public portal or mailed/delivered to the Permit Center at City Hall. 

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

Contact Information

You may email Steve Friddle with questions or comments regarding the Community Development Department. You may also contact any of the other staff listed throughout our website. The staff can be reached by phone at 253-922-9625 or by emailing us at