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  • Regional Fee Rate Comparisons 2024

    We used published fee schedules to develop this fee rate comparison.

    We know:

    • Regional Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) calculate hourly rates and service fee rates differently.
    • LHJs use a different method to apply an hourly rate to determine a service fee rate.
    • This page compares similar fees and provides additional time and activity information to support valid comparisons.

    How we determine our hourly and service fee rates

    We use an hourly rate calculation to establish the hourly rate percent increase:

    Goods and Services Expense Rate + Labor Expense Rate + Medical Insurance Expense Rate = Hourly Rate Percent Increase

    We applied the hourly rate percent increase to the current hourly rate to determine the new hourly rate.

    To determine service fee rates, we multiply staff time to complete the service by the new hourly rate.

    Regional Hourly Rate Comparison

    Graph that compares the hourly rates of regional health jurisdictions. Call (253) 649-1500 for more information.

    On-site Sewage

    Fee description▾Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1King (2023)Thurston (2023)Snohomish (2023)
    Design Single Family Residential$765 $922$645 to $1,2762$1,190$960
    Repair—Septic/Pump Tank Replacement$408$488$396$530$330
    Report of System Status for Real Estate Transaction $351$434$198$270$385
    O&M Specialist & Technician Annual Certification$306$326$342$445$440
    Well Site Inspection and Construction$918$997$396$555$320 to $4503

    Proposed 2024 fee.
    2 Based on type of system.
    Well siting only; no construction.

    Food Safety

    Fee description▾Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1King (2023)Thurston (2023)Spokane (2023) Snohomish (2023)
    High Risk Food Establishment Permit (0-25 Seats)$724$770$875$610 to $2,0952 $800$8303
     High Risk Mobile Food Unit$724$770$1,143$610$630$830
     Low Risk$326 $347 $406$355 to $8654$290 $400
    Low Risk Temp Event Permit$153$163$252$85$140$170
    New Plan Review$1,010$1,074$919$2505$160 per hour$815
     Remodel/Change of Equipment or Menu$567$603$689$2505$160 per hour$205

    1Proposed 2024 fee.
    2Based on square footage.
    30 to 50 seats.
    4Based on square footage.
    54 hours, then $250/hour.

    School Safety

    Fee description▾Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1King (2023)Thurston (2023)Spokane (2023)Snohomish (2023)
    Elementary School Inspection$490$521 $201/hour$525$600 to $8502$205/hour
    Portable Classroom Plan Review$510$543$402$3753$160 per hour4$3005
    Elementary School Plan Review$1,377$1,465$402$3753 $160 per hour4$9655

    1Proposed 2024 fee.
    2
    Based on enrollment.
    3
    1.5 hours, then $250/hour.
    4
    Add preoccupancy inspection at $160/hour.
    5
    Add preoccupancy inspection at $205/hour.

    Waste Management

    Fee description▾Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1King (2023)Thurston (2023)Spokane (2023)Snohomish (2023)
    Solid Waste Application Review$2,4482$2,6042$7923$1,0004$1,3009$2,4505
    Transfer Stations$4,0806$4,3406$7,3267$2,0008$1,3009$3,78510

    1Proposed 2024 fee.
    212 hours, then $204/hour (2024: $217/hour).
    34 hours, then $198/hour.
    44 hours, then $250/hour.
    511 hours, then $205/hour.
    620 hours, then $204/hour (2024: $217/hour).
    737 hours, then $198/hour.
    88 hours, then $250/hour.
    9Add $0.32/ton tipping fee.
    1019 hours, then $205/hour

    Water Recreation Facility Safety

    Fee description▾Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1King (2023)Thurston (2023)Spokane (2023)Snohomish (2023)
    Water Rec. Facility Permit (<6 months)$510$543$633$305/8102$770$515
    Water Rec. Facility Permit (>6 months)$816$868$633$1,060/$2,1102$1,280$770
    Water Rec. Facility New Facility Plan Review$1,428$1,519$919$3753$160 per hour4$1,155 to $1,5305

    1Proposed 2024 fee.
    2Certified Pool Operator/Non-Certified Pool Operator.
    31.5 hours, then $250/hour.
    4Add preoccupancy inspection at $160/hour.
    5Based on volume.

    Multiple Fee Scenarios

    EMS fleet maintenance waste disposalTacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    Class I – Less than 1000 Gallons (6300 lbs.) of Hazardous Substances On Site or Infiltration System Only$306$326
    Class I-A–Generates less than 50 lbs. per month$204$217
    Total Cost$510$543
    Rural residential land development (septic and well)Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    Septic Design (Single Family Residential)$765$868
    Well Site Inspection and Construction$918$977
    Septic Installation Permit $459$488
    Total Cost$2,142$2,333
    Open new elementary schoolTacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    Site Review$641$681
    Elementary School Plan Review$1,377$1,465
    New Food Establishment Plan Review$1,010$1,074
    School Kitchen Annual Permit2$561$597
    Total Cost$3,589$3,817
    Open new food establishment – urban (within sanitary sewer)Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    New Food Establishment Plan Review$1,010$1,074
    Food Establishment Annual Permit2$326 to $1,179 (ranging from Low Risk to High Risk 75+ Seats)$347 to $1,254
    Total Cost$1,336 to $2,189$1,421 to $2,328
    Open new food establishment – rural (outside sanitary sewer)Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    New Food Establishment Plan Review$1,010$1,074
    Food Establishment Annual Permit2$326 to $1,179 (ranging from Low Risk to High Risk 75+ Seats)$347 to $1,254
    Septic Design Commercial/School $816 to $1,224$868 to $1,302
    Septic Installation Permit $459$488
    Total Cost$2,611 to $3,872$2,777 to $4,118
    Open new grocery store 3+ check stands (multi-department store)Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    New Food Establishment Plan Review (Deli)$1,010$1,074
    New Food Establishment Plan Review (Bakery)$1,010$1,074
    New Food Establishment Plan Review (Fish & Meat)$1,010$1,074
    New Food Establishment Plan Review (Low Risk – Espresso)$1,010$1,074
    New Grocery Plan Review$567$603
     Food Establishment Annual Permit 0-25 Seats (Deli)2$724$770
     Food Establishment Annual Permit Bakery2$447$475
    Food Establishment Annual Permit Fish and Meat Market Combined2$447$475
    Food Establishment Annual Permit Low Risk2$326$347
    Food Establishment Annual Permit Grocery 3+ Check Stands2$551$586
    Total Cost$7,102$7,552
    Open new grocery store 1-2 check stands (mini mart)Tacoma-Pierce (2023)Tacoma-Pierce (2024)1
    New Food Establishment Plan Review$1,010$1,074
    New Grocery Plan Review$567$603
    Food Establishment Annual Permit – 0-25 Seats (Deli)2 $724$770
    Food Establishment Annual Permit – Grocery 1-2 Check Stands2 $245$260
    Total Cost$2,546$2,707

    1Proposed 2024 fee.
    2These are annual fees.