Forest & Timber
Forest Land Property Tax Program
Washington State Forest Land Tax Program used for the commercial growth and harvest of trees receive a value based on a rate determined annually by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Please be aware that land is subject to a back-tax liability if the use of the land changes after being declared designated forest land.
- Designated forest land, RCW 84.33, is for land consisting of 5 or more contiguous acres devoted to the commercial growth and harvest of trees. Designated forest land application fee is $300.
How to Apply
Applications may be obtained online or by contacting the Assessor-Treasurer's Office at (253) 798-7137. The application must be accompanied by a forest management plan and a description of the area that does not qualify, such as, a residential site, pasture, business, etc. and application fee.
Obtain the required Forest Management Plan from a private professional forester or for information on attending a class to do your own plan. Contact the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Stewardship Forester, at (360) 825-1631.
- Application for Designated Forest Land Parcels with Same Ownership
- Change of Classification
- Change of Designation
- Notice of Continuance
Current Use Department
2401 S. 35th St.
Tacoma WA 98409
Applications submitted in any given year from January 1 through December 31 are approved or denied for the following assessment year, with tax reduction applied the year after approval.