Community Development

Building & Fire Safety Division

The Building and Fire Safety Division is dedicated to protecting the Gig Harbor community through the permitting, inspection, and approval of proposed development and building construction projects throughout the City. The Department administers Title 15, Buildings and Construction of the Gig Harbor Municipal Code and the model codes, including plumbing, mechanical and fire, adopted under it. See the General Building Services page for an overview.

Inspections are available daily with 24-hour advanced notice. Three options for plan review are available including; online electronic submittal, standard paper submittal or (if your project qualifies) we offer permit reviews over the counter by appointment (in and out in just 30 minutes).


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Governor Inslee Delays Code Implementation Date!


 WABO and BIAW officially requested Governor Inslee to delay, by Executive Order, the implementation of the coming new building codes in RCW 19.27.031 and RCW 19.27A.020, set to take effect July 1, 2020, for 123 days or until November 1, 2020. A short delay would provide both builders and code enforcement officials the time necessary to make-up the education needed before the new regulations take effect.
 WABO has just received the Governor’s official proclamation where he has  suspended the codes current effective dates of July 1, 2020, until November 1, 2020.  The WABO office will continue to monitor the Governor’s response to COVID-19 and be sure to send out updates when they occur.


Contact Us:

Paul Rice:   Building Official, Fire Marshall 253-853-7362

David Boyer: Building Inspector 253-853-7612

Bill Kuzmanich: Building Inspector 253-853-8252

Sean Brady: Building Inspector 253-853-7554

Patty McGallian: Permit Coordinator 253-853-7621

Helia Johnston: Building Assistant 253-853-8250