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There are a few extra rules that try to keep the “home” in “home based business.” Is your business online? Do you have in-person customers, but see less than eight per day? A home occupation certificate may fit your needs. It will allow you to operate a business within your home whether you live in a house, townhouse, apartment, or accessory dwelling unit.
View the Home Occupation Certificate and Appendices for details. If your business meets the criteria, you can apply through the Washington State Business License Service and City staff will contact you via email once we receive your application.
Every commercial space should have a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Building Official. This certificate allows a structure to operate a particular use, such as an office or restaurant, and confirms that the structure is in compliance with the regulations in effect at the time of issuance. The property must also be zoned for a particular use. Zoning may be viewed on Edgewood Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Contact Community Development staff at 253-952-3299 for assistance.
New commercial spaces typically require several permits before they can be granted a Certificate of Occupancy. A Pre-Application Meeting is required in most cases, and can provide helpful feedback from numerous city departments and outside agencies prior to application for Design/Site Plan Review, Site Development, and Building Permits. To apply, obtain the necessary forms from our Form Center, prepare your application documents, and apply via the City’s Public Portal. If you need assistance, please contact City staff at 253-952-3299.
Businesses that are located outside of city limits but conduct business activities within city limits, such as contractors and mobile food vendors, are required to obtain a business license. Edgewood city limits can be viewed on Edgewood GIS.
Please visit the Washington State Business License Service to complete a business license application. The City’s annual business license fee is $40, in addition to other fees charged by the Department of Revenue.
Please visit the Washington State Business License Service and click the link to “Add a city license to your business.”
The Washington State Business License Service will contact you when it is time to renew your license.
Neighborhood Crime Watch is a national program based on the principle of neighbors working together as the first and best line of defense against crime. Neighborhood Crime Watch has been around for over 25 years and has proven to be an extremely effective deterrent to crime at the neighborhood level.
Neighborhood Crime Watch organizes and extends what you are probably already doing on an informal level. We tend to know and watch out for our neighbors next door, but neighbors at one end of the block may not know the neighbors at the other end of the block. Organizing a Neighborhood Crime Watch makes this attitude of watchfulness more systematic and provides a block map with neighbors’ names and telephone numbers, which can be used in case of an emergency. Neighborhood Crime Watch is simple to start and can improve the security of your neighborhood while also increasing your sense of community.
Neighborhood Crime Watch doesn’t require you to perform any special tasks, attend lots of meetings, or take on extra responsibilities. You don’t have to patrol the neighborhood or tell your neighbors every aspect of your business, it just involves being alert and vigilant as a part of your everyday life.
Neighborhood Crime Watch encourages you and your neighbors to be familiar enough with each other to know who belongs in the neighborhood and who doesn’t, which cars are a part of the neighborhood and which aren’t. The goal is to be a little more observant of changes in your surroundings, so you can recognize when something suspicious is going on. Neighborhood Crime Watch is simply watching out for one another!
If you are interested in forming a Neighborhood Crime Watch in your area, fill out the registration form. We’ll get you started with a free Crime Watch Kit, which has a How-To guide, invitations, important phone numbers, and warning decals. When you get your first meeting scheduled, let us know and an officer will be happy to come explain the program in more detail, talk about crime in your area, and provide steps to improve your home security.
Visit the LexisNexis Community Crime Map website. You can even sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly crime updates in your neighborhood! You can also view our monthly Crime Blotter (PDF).
Most times, it’s best to file a report by calling 253-798-4721, ext. 1 so you can speak to someone directly. If that isn’t possible, you can report non-emergency crimes online using South Sound 911 File a Report page. Please don’t use this page to report crimes in progress; call 911 for any emergencies. Non-emergency crimes are things like lost property, theft, vandalism, and vehicle prowls.
You can also request a copy of a previously filed police report.
Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPLs) are issued through South Sound 911. You can find more information on the application process and how to get started.
All questions regarding the following must be submitted to South Sound 911:
Unfortunately, the Edgewood Police Department is unable to answer questions or give advice regarding any of these topics.
You can reach South Sound 911 at:South Sound 911 - Brady Desk945 Tacoma Avenue STacoma, WA 98402Phone: 253-798-6249Fax: 253-798-3618Email Brady DeskSouth Sound 911 Website
Thanks so much for your help! You can leave anonymous tips 24 hours a day at Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Note: Crime Stoppers is not law enforcement, therefore they do not file reports nor investigate the crime. They forward your tip to law Enforcement investigating those crimes. They do not take tips from victims of a crime as they must file a report with Law Enforcement for a crime to exist. They must then continue to work with the detective assigned to their case.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Edgewood Police Department feel that you have the right to know about high-risk sex offenders living in your neighborhood. View a current map and find out more information.
You can request a vacation home check by downloading our request form (PDF). Then, either mail the form back to us or bring it to Edgewood City Hall anytime during normal business hours.