David Bugher (253) 983-7739 • Fax (253) 512-2268 • DBugher@cityoflakewood.us
Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director



So, what’s going on? The City of Lakewood is in the process of developing a subarea plan for the Central Business District or CBD. For more information see the links below.


Visit the webpage set up for the subarea plan process for more detailed information, to offer comments and to sign up for email updates. The website can be found here: lakewooddowntownplan.org


2017 Public Outreach Summary

March 2018 Downtown Plan update

Motor Avenue Urban Design Vision

Downtown Existing Conditions Report

Lakewood CBD Assessment

Lakewood Employment Capacity Analysis

Review of Towne Center CCRs and Easements



Welcome to the Community Development Department. Our mission is to create a better community for Lakewood’s residents, visitors, businesses and workforce. With the help of the community, we strive to enhance the character of Lakewood, conserve neighborhoods, promote economic development, and ensure the safety of the built environment.

On October 19, 2015, the following visioning statement was adopted by the Lakewood City Council (Resolution No. 2015-30).  This visioning statement replaces an earlier version which came about in 1996 in response to some of the issues facing Lakewood just after incorporation.  Since that time, many of the City’s goals and objectives have been accomplished, and, thus, the need to update the visioning statement.  The new vision statement addresses community attitudes concerning current and anticipated issues affecting the City.


Our VISION for Lakewood is a thriving, urban, South Puget Sound City, possessing the core values of family, community, education, and economic prosperity.  We will advance these values by recognizing our past, taking action in the present, and pursuing a dynamic future.  

The City Council’s VISION for Lakewood at its 30 Year Anniversary is a community:

  • Inspired by its own sense of history and progress;
  • Known for its safe and attractive neighborhoods, vibrant downtown, active arts and cultural communities;
  • Sustained by robust economic growth and job creation;
  • Recognized for the excellence of its public and private schools, and its community and technical colleges;
  • Characterized by the beauty of its lakes, parks and natural environment;
  • Acknowledged for excellence in the delivery of municipal services;
  • Leveraging and embracing of our diversity; and,
  • Supportive of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Camp Murray, service members and their families.  


  • Eight Divisions: Administration, Building, Long Range Planning, South Sound Military Communities Partnership, Business Licensing, Development Services/Planning, Economic Development, and Community Housing Programs

  • 16 full-time employees

  • $1.9 million annual operating budget


  • Implement the City’s Comprehensive plan, which reflects the community’s vision of the city. Overarching goals:

→ Improving housing stock and housing quality.

→ Retaining and expanding existing businesses.

→ Recruiting and attracting new businesses

  • Ensure responsive and efficient business licensing, development review, and building permitting processes.

  • Protect the mission of, and ensure the long-term viability of Joint Base Lewis McCord.

City Ordinances, Plans & Policies

Below is a list of some of the ordinances, plans and policies that affect the planning process which is overseen by the Community Development Department:

City Council, Boards & Commissions

The following are the main discretionary bodies that work with the Community & Economic Development Department.

Permit Central

The Services Counter

6000 Main Street SW

Lakewood, WA

(253) 512-2261

Development Services Counter Hours: 

Monday thru Friday

9:00 AM to 4:30PM

Please note that for clients submitting plans, pulling permits or paying fees, please arrive 45 minutes before the counter closes to allow enough time to submit your project.

**Permit Applications will not be accepted after 4pm, and the last customer will be accepted at 4:15pm**


For questions, comments or suggestions regarding this web page, contact the Services Counter.

Political Campaign Signs

Informational Brochure

Mold: FAQ's and Tips

NOTE: The City of Lakewood has no direct authority in regard to dealing with mold or associated issues. The pamphlets below are intended to provide general information only.

Mold FAQ's

Tips on Prevention and Control

Landlord/Tenant Rights

NOTE: The City of Lakewood has no direct authority in regard to dealing with tenant/landlord issues. The pamphlet below is intended to provide general information only.

General Information

Aquatic Plant Removal and Control

Aquatic Plants and Fish Pamphlet : Following the guidance in this manual may serve as the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for some types of aquatic weed or plant control and removal including physical and mechanical methods.