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Thurston County, Washington

Community Planning and Economic Development

  • A Permit Technician enters your project into a permit tracking system.
  • Your project proposal gets distributed to three different county departments for review.
  • Planners in all three departments make sure the proposal meets all applicable codes and ordinances. 
  • Planners from these departments may contact you asking for additional information, or to schedule an on-property review and inspection. 
  • Reviews are in office and on-property.
  • Reviews are for zoning, environmental (critical areas, gophers, shorelines, wetland, hazard areas), septic, well, building, building site, right-of-way access (drawings driveway/s entering the road), erosion control, stormwater drainage, etc. 
  • It's common for most application packets to need some revisions, and additional information, so expect a call or email.
  • If your project property is in a regulated environmental area, staff may ask you to hire environmental experts to prepare detailed reports about where you can build on the property.
  • Keep your application moving through the process: give us accurate contact info & respond quickly if we ask for information (or make sure your contractors do). 
  • When county review is complete, the county will notify you. 
  • You can check the status of your application review anytime with Permit Tracker.