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Thurston County, Washington

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Community Planning and Economic Development

A pre-submission conference is an informal meeting between county staff and a permit applicant to go over a proposed project plan before a permit application packet is submitted. Permit applicants may invite people from their project team (contractors, architects, engineers, etc.). The goal of the meeting is for people to get information about regulatory requirements for their project, or to address uncertainty before investing time and money in developing a project that isn’t feasible financially, or from a regulatory perspective.

How to Request A Presubmission Conference

  • Find forms for Presubmission Conference on Permit Applications & Forms page under Special Hearings & Requests 
  • Read instructions on forms. Instructions include submitting a project plan. 
    • Staff will review the plan before the meeting, and come with information about regulatory requirements for the project. 
  • Complete and submit forms to the Building Development Center. 
  • Pay fee. See Presubmisson Fee in Land Use Fee schedule on Fees Information page. 
  • The county will contact you to schedule the presubmission conference after you've submitted your forms and paid your fee. You may also contact us to schedule a  presubmission conference. (Open the Permitting tab, then scroll to Presubmission Conference.)
  • Research project requirements before the meeting to ask specific questions about certain use conditions.


Anyone can request a PreSub, but it’s required if submitting a permit application for

  • Plats, short plats and large-lot subdivisions
  • Special use permits approved by Hearings Examiner 
  • New non-residential (commercial) - Required for most, but not all
  • or a change of use.


No decisions are made, and the information is non-binding because county input and answers are based on the plan provided by applicants. Actual regulations and requirements are determined by the final submitted plan. Applicants should check for new codes prior to submitting permit applications. More about feasibility.