Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. 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.

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County Codes

All of Thurston County government's regulations, including what is permitted in land-use and development are in the Codes. 

Thurston County Codes     |     Thurston County Ordinances    |     Consider joining a Citizen Board or Commission to participate in making County Codes 

More About Codes
Thurston County regulations begin as ordinances. An ordinance is the official legislative act taken by the County's elected officials (the Board of County Commissioners) when they adopt a new regulation or amend an existing one. After an ordinance is adopted, it is written into code and becomes an official regulation.

How Land-use & Development Codes are Created or Changed 
Each year, the County's elected officials work with citizens on a list of proposed additions or changes to land-use and development codes.  This list is called the Development Code Docket, and it's part of the County's Community Planning process.