The Pierce County COVID-19 vaccine call center can help people needing assistance to sign up for vaccine events hosted by Pierce County.

Residents who qualify within the Washington State Phase Finder and cannot sign up for an event, can contact the call center at 253.798.8900. 

Call center hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Post date: Tuesday, 6 April 2021 - 10:19am

Last year, the City Council approved a six percent utility tax on Tacoma Public Utilities and Pierce County Sewers operations in the City. This rate matches the tax rate paid to the City by private sector utility providers. Three percent of the tax will begin in April 2021, with the other half of the tax being implemented in April 2022. TPU has informed the City that they intend to pass the tax along to U.P. residents and businesses by increasing their rates. TPU also announced that they will institute an additional two percent rate increase beginning in April.

Post date: Friday, 19 March 2021 - 9:48am

The good news is that spring has sprung. The bad news is that means the City is getting more reports of coyote sightings in University Place neighborhoods.

Although coyotes are common in urban areas, especially as their natural habitats are encroached upon by development, their presence can be unsettling.

Here are some key points to avoid attracting coyotes to your neighborhood and what to do if you spy one:

Post date: Monday, 15 March 2021 - 8:58am

Update: Registration now closed.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will open registration on Friday, March 12 at 10 a.m. for a drive-through vaccine event planned to take place in University Place next week. You MUST be in Phase 1A or 1B Tier 1.

Visit the Health Department’s social media or website at 10 a.m. Friday, March 12 for a link to register at

Post date: Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 6:56pm

Visit the Housing Action Plan Main Page

In our September 23, 2020 newsletter we announced that the City was developing a Housing Action Plan (HAP) funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Since reporting on the HAP, the City and our consultants, LDC Inc., have completed a Housing Needs Assessment and released a Draft HAP for public review and comment.

Post date: Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 2:54pm

I’m pleased to announce that we will host a Public Safety Forum on Thursday, February 4. Last year’s Public Safety Forum was held in person, shortly before we were forced to hold gatherings virtually. Although we will have to hold this year’s event via Microsoft Teams, I am hopeful participation will equal — or surpass — the 50 residents and business owners who joined us last February. 

Post date: Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - 3:54pm

Many landlords and tenants have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Currently there are both federal and state mandates suspending evictions based on the non-payment of rent.  Once those mandates end, Pierce County expects a large number of eviction cases to be filed in Superior Court.  To address this anticipated increase in eviction cases, Pierce County Superior Court has established an Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) which will require parties to engage in problem-solving steps before the cases come to court.

Post date: Monday, 21 December 2020 - 4:26pm

Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021. 

The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. There was also a rate increase in 2020.

Single-family residential customers will pay $53.89 monthly, up from $51.94 in 2020. Multi-family customers will pay $47.08 each month, up from $45.38. 

Post date: Monday, 21 December 2020 - 1:56pm

Time and time again during 2020, Americans have had to find new—and safe—ways to celebrate cherished traditions. And the annual lighting of the City of U.P.’s Christmas Tree in Market Square is no exception. 

Post date: Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 4:03pm

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the UPPD to offer its popular Public Safety Academy virtually this fall. The five sessions were offered virtually, via Microsoft Teams, and those who registered for the Academy in advance could watch them in real time and pose questions to the presenters through the Teams chat box.

Post date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 4:54pm

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued the following statement regarding the pending roll back order issued by Governor Jay Inslee:

I support the Governor’s plan to roll back to more limited operations and activities across the state. While I remain very concerned about the impact of this order on our already struggling small business and restaurants, I know that we cannot allow the rate of COVID-19 transmission to continue at its alarming pace.  Without significant action, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and threatening our healthcare system. 

Post date: Monday, 16 November 2020 - 8:39am

The City of University Place is opening applications for a second round of business relief grants. Applications will be accepted from October 21 to October 30, 2020.

Businesses located in University Place who experienced a loss of revenue related to COVID-19 and have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are encouraged to apply, whether funding was received in the first round or not.

View more specific information and apply on the Business Relief Program page.

Post date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 4:31pm

University Place's newest piece of public art, a sculpture entitled “Forever Friends” by artist John Jewell, has been vandalized.

Post date: Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 1:03pm

The City of University Place is amending the Comprehensive Plan to implement the City’s Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan.

The City Council will hold a Virtual Public Hearing to discuss these amendments on Monday, December 7, 2020, as part of its regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., to consider proposed amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan (UPMC Title 16) that will serve to implement the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan. The documents related to the proposed amendments are posted below.

Post date: Monday, 28 September 2020 - 5:50pm

We all know that the pace of progress can be glacial at times, but in the City of University Place,I believe our progress has been almost meteoric. We have achieved so much in our relatively short 25-year history.

Post date: Wednesday, 2 September 2020 - 3:30pm