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Hazardous Materials

“Hazardous  Materials” means the activity of  manufacturing,  processing, storing, or disposing of hazardous materials, classified in the UN Hazard Classification System, as follows:  (1) Explosives; (2) Gases; (3) Flammable liquids; (4) Flammable solids; (5) Oxidizing substances and Organic peroxides; (6) Toxic and Infectious substances; (7) Radioactive materials; (8) Corrosive substances; and (9) Miscellaneous hazardous materials, products, substances, or organisms in amounts requiring a permit from the Tacoma Fire Department, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, or any amounts requiring a license from the state of Washington.


A Hazardous Materials license is required for any business conducting this activity.  The license application requires review by the Fire Department, Environmental Services (Source Control) and Planning and Development Services prior to the activity being conducted for the protection of public welfare, health and safety of citizens. 


Approval can be obtained by submitting an application for Hazardous Materials and fee to the Tax & License office.  The application will be routed to the appropriate City departments for review. 


Please allow up to 10-15 business days to receive notice of approval or denial of your license.


You can find more information in Tacoma Municipal Code 6B.125 about the Hazardous Materials license requirements.


Other Information:


Tacoma Pierce County Health Department 
Washington State Department of Ecology