Health + Public Services


Learn about health resources and stay informed with public service updates.

City of Tacoma Media and Communications Announcements

Visit this site to stay informed of what the city is doing to ensure continuity of services, learn of any changes or delays to services, and to read updates from the Mayor’s office.

Parking Services

Two programs being are offered by Parking Services – Temporary ADA Parking and Temporary Short Term Loading Zones – response to the ever-changing circumstances around COVID-19.

  • Temporary ADA Parking: For users who have an ADA placard, we may be able to provide some relief by establishing a temporary ADA sign/parking space (for qualifying person of the general public to use) near your place of work. The signs will be deployed on a request basis and there is no cost to the requester. Individuals/companies that want to support the establishment of an available-to-the-public temporary ADA parking space (with regulatory sign) can either call (253) 591-5371 or fill out this online form.
  • Temporary Short Term Loading Zones: To support the evolving needs of the community and particularly food service businesses through this unprecedented time, the city is making available temporary Loading Zone Signs to help facilitate pick-up activities. Businesses interested in having a temporary loading zone sign, call (253) 591-5371 or fill out this online form.

Planning and Development Services

As of Wednesday, March 18th, the permitting counter will be closed for an indefinite period of time.  Although this temporary counter closure means in-person may not be available, Planing and Development Services (“PDS”) will continue to accept applications, review and issue development permits, and schedule inspections, primarily through our online permitting system –

In addition to granting extensions on all building and development permits until November 1, 2020, PDS is offering virtual meetings and inspections.

City Of Tacoma Launches Expansion Of Sidewalks Café Program To Help Businesses Reopen After COVID-19 Closures

The City of Tacoma launched the Curbside Cafes and Markets pilot program, an expansion of the Sidewalk Café Program, on Friday, June 12, 2020.

The program is responsive to Tacoma businesses needs to meet physical distancing requirements from the Washington Safe Start Plan.  A permit for the Curbside Café and Market Pilot Program can accommodate temporary structures such as tables, chairs, planters and shade coverings. Retail businesses may also use areas of the right-of-way to expand their ability to serve customers.

The City also is waiving application fees, street use fees and the cost of on-street parking related to the pilot program. Tacoma Venues and Events and Public Works are partnering to provide railings, as availability allows, to those businesses that would like to use these instead of providing their own.

Other programs, such as sidewalk cafés, food trucks and temporary load zones for food pickup, will still be available.

For more information about the program, visit To submit an application or to review program requirements, visit

City of Tacoma expands use of temporary signage to support business visibility

New regulations have been released on the use of temporary signs during the COVID-19 emergency. This rule will terminate automatically on September 30, 2020, or when the City of Tacoma lifts its state of emergency related to COVID-19, whichever date is later.

Businesses in Tacoma, particularly small businesses, are struggling to maintain visibility in the current emergency. Businesses that remain open (usually for delivery services or curb-side pickup) may be surrounded by closed business, may be hard to locate, and require additional visibility. One way to address the issue is to allow for additional temporary signage at a business so that their storefront is easily seen by customers. Click here to learn more.

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department

  • How to prepare for COVID-19 in your business
  • COVID-19 guidance for Pierce County employers

Workforce Central

In response to COVID-19, Workforce Central is maintaining a central repository of food & supplies sources, school closures, legal assistance, and more.

United Way 2-1-1

2-1-1 helps connect you to community resources statewide.
Looking for help? Dial the number 2-1-1 or use the link above to search now.

Graduate Tacoma + Tacoma Urban League

Their portal provides Tacoma families and youth with an online directory of resources they can access in this unprecedented time. Visit this page to find transportation resources, educational tools, and more.

Puget Sound Energy Responds to COVID-19

Puget Sound Energy is taking measurable actions to help our customers and communities during this coronavirus situation.

Pierce Transit Updates

Governor Jay Inslee’s Office

The Governor’s proclamations page can be found here.

Governor‘s Medium page.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

One in four Washingtonians get health and dental coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder at or the mobile app WAPlanfinder. Individuals can receive free help applying from an expert in their community at

Washington State Coronavirus Response

Central repository of information regarding:

  • Business and workers
  • Childcare/K-12/Higher education
  • Health
  • Government emergency actions
  • You and your family
  • Travelers and commuters

Washington State Department of Health

  • Frequently asked questions about symptoms and testing
  • Resources and recommendations
  • Current situation in Washington
  • Being prepared
  • Other information

Universal Hotspot Access

The Washington State Broadband Office estimates over 300 new drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots are coming online statewide through an initiative to bring free public broadband internet access to all residents. 600 public hotspots will soon be available to keep Washington communities connected.

For complete information and a map of locations, visit The map will be updated as more sites come online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published health guidance for individuals and reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes. Visit this site to learn more.

In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers resources on:

  • What you should know
  • Situation updates
  • Information for Communities, schools and businesses
  • Travel

United States Government

Comprehensive Official verified and updated Information of all aspects of the Federal Covid-19 Response.
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19 | USAGov
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19. Learn about international travel restrictions, how you can prepare for coronavirus, and what the U.S. government is doing in response to the virus.


Ready / Listo

Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

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