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Tickets from Pt Ruston Waterfront parking garage are not issued by the city of Ruston.  To pay a Pt Ruston Public Parking ticket

Please call Republic Parking with any questions: 253.627.4401

Many Cities impose a local Business & Occupation  (B&O) tax. This tax is in addition to the B&O tax imposed by the State of Washington. The Department of Revenue does not administer or collect local Business & Occupation taxes. The City of Ruston requires business to submit B&O taxes quarterly, even if the amount owed is zero. You can find the B&O tax form here. For more information on Business & Occupation tax deadlines, visit the B&O tax page or contact the City Clerk for any questions.

You can drop off a payment into the City’s dropbox or send it by mail. Make check payments out to the City of Ruston and send your B&O Tax form and payment to 5219 N Shirley Street Ruston WA 98407. For more information about B&O Taxes and deadlines visit the City Clerk page.

The City of Ruston contracts court services through the City of Fircrest.

  • When paying a ticket or court fine, Fircrest/Ruston Municipal Court has many options:
    1. Pay online or over the phone via credit or debit card (service fee):PAY TICKET NOWor call automated line: 1-866-270-6561 
    2. Pay in person. The Court Clerk’s counter only accepts cash, check or money order; no card payments accepted in person.
    3. Pay via mail by check or money order. DO NOT send cash and please make sure you include your case number;
    4. Pay via drop box. These are located on the outside of the doors of the Fircrest Municipal Building (City Hall). Also, please have your case number attached;

    The address for the Clerk’s office is 115 Ramsdell Street  Fircrest, WA 98466.

    If you have any questions, please call  (253) 564-8922 or e-mail for more information

There a few residential building permits that can generally be issued same day, or over the counter. These over the counter (OTC) type permits apply to residential projects only for plumbing, mechanical, re-roofing and re-siding permits. Visit the building departments permit resource page for more information on the types of projects that require a permit and how to submit an application for an OTC permit.

A special event permit is issue for a variety of events which require a permit to operate in the City of Ruston. The list below are a few examples of events that will require a special event permit:

  • Farmer’s markets
  • Races/Marathons
  • Parades
  • Outdoor concerts

View the complete  application for more information on Special Event Permits. Some events may require additional permits and licenses, please contact the permit coordinator for more information (253) 759-3544 ext 4.

The City of Ruston’s parks and facilities can be reserved for a variety of uses. Our Parks and Facilities page has information on the forms and approved uses of each facility. Contact the City Clerk when you are ready to submi ta the request form and to provide the deposit fee.


  • Altered: $10
    • Senior owner rate: $5
  • Unaltered: $30
    • Senior owner rate: $15

*Proof that the owner is 62 years of age or older or disabled is required.

**Proof that the pet is altered is required.

Contact Tacoma Water at (253) 502-8600 to pay your water bill. If you have any questions about water services visit the Frequently Asked Questions on their website

All Building permit applications must be submitted with a completed application form and any accompanying plans. Visit the building department page for more information.

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