COVID-19 Impacts to County Facilities and Services
The public's ability to attend Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and Board of Health's (BoH) meetings in-person has been restored. Members of the public may attend and participate in any regular, special, or emergency meeting of the BoCC and BoH in-person. The Zoom information for public hearings is listed on the Public Hearings webpage. All BoCC and BoH meetings and briefings will be live streamed on the Thurston County YouTube channel

​Current Requirements

Mask Wearing: Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek has issued a Masking Directive for Thurston County, effective Friday, August 13, at 6:00 a.m. The Directive applies to all indoor spaces that are open to the public, including retail, grocery stores, government buildings, and other businesses and places where members of the public can enter freely. 

Physical Distancing: Those visiting the courthouse complex, Public Health and Social Services, Public Works, Emergency Management, or any other county building are required to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet at all times. Markers have been placed throughout county facilities and one way traffic in and out of county buildings has been established to help facilitate physical distancing.

Electronic Check-in System: On Tuesday, January 19, Thurston County implemented a new electronic check-in system for the offices in Building 1 of the Courthouse Complex, to include the Auditor’s,Treasurer’s, and Assessor’s Offices. The electronic check-in system has since been extended to Clerk's Office in Building 3 of the Courthouse Complex and Public Health & Social Services on Lilly Road. You are not required to check in for the Building Development Center or Commissioners Office in Building 1. To get in line electronically or signup for available appointments, please visit

More information on COVID-19 is available at Public Health and Social Services; COVID-19

​Visiting County Facitities

County Parks and Trails: Thurston County parks and trails are open. Unless you are recreating alone, masks are required for everyone ages six and up. Park visitors are encouraged to practice physical distancing and take everything they bring to the park with them when they leave, including garbage.

Waste and Recovery Center (WARC): The WARC in Lacey is open for normal operations. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m.– 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m.– 4:45 p.m. Check with your waste disposal company for curbside garbage and recycling collection schedule.

Rainier and Rochester Drop Box Facilities: Rural Thurston County residents may find the Rainier and Rochester drop boxes more convenient for garbage disosal.

  • Rainier Drop Box: 13010 Rainier Acres Road SE, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rochester Drop Box: 16500 Sargent Road, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County Government Buildings: All county government buildings are open to the public. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings. The availability of remote services vary by office and department. 

Office/Department Information

Thurston County continues to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department. 




Board of County Commissioners

Board of Health

Coroner - Medical Examiner

County Clerk

District Court

Prosecuting Attorney


Superior Court



Central Services

Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)

Emergency Management

Medic One

Information Technology

Pretrial Services

Public Defense

Public Health & Social Services

Public Works