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Thurston County, Washington

Community Planning and Economic Development

About the Hearing Examiner Process & How to Participate 

County codes require some building and development projects to go through a public hearing process so that community members and the public can have a say in proposed development.  Codes also provide a way for permit applicants to request exceptions to some land use rules. Find more about the hearing examiner below.

  • Join Online Public Hearings on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month. 
  • Submit a Comment to the Land Use Clerk (see contact info below) on a Hearing Examiner Project during the project's public comment period.
  • See Past Hearing Examiner Decisions linked in the menu on the right.

Upcoming Hearing Projects

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Project 2022102059 City of Olympia Special Use Permit and Shoreline SSDP/CUP -beginning at 10 am


Hearing Materials-available on the Project Records page

Zoom Link

Webinar ID: 812 3377 8253

Passcode: 007510

More About the Hearing Examiner

Hearing Examiner requests are related to plat subdivisions, special uses, shoreline permits, variances, and administrative land-use. The requests and hearings are managed by the Hearing Examiner, an attorney appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to provide a public, quasi-judicial hearing, and issue formal decisions or make recommendations to the BoCC.  Hearing Examiner decisions can be appealed to the Board of County Commissioners or the appropriate appellate body with jurisdiction, based on the record established before the Hearing Examiner. See Thurston County Code Title 2: Administration (Chapter 2.06).

Contact us

  • Email Sonja Cady, Land Use Clerk
  • Call 360-867-2117  |  Fax 360-754-2939  |  TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388 
  • Mail Thurston County Office of the Hearing Examiner
    3000 Pacific Ave SE, Suite 100
    Olympia, WA 98501