Research a Property
Before you apply for a permit, find out which County codes apply to your project and location. Start by checking permit jurisdiction*, then check zone, water sources, gopher soils and more (see checklist). Use the County's free online resources below, or hire experts.  Knowing where to site a project to minimize regulated environmental impacts could save you time and money.  Also, you'll want to know which professional reports, plans or drawings might be required. 

Online Property Information for Thurston County
Check Permit Jurisdiction   |  Zone Map   |    Zoning Codes   |   Road Access   |    Water Sources & Wells   |   Gopher & Protected Species |   Septic   |   Basic Property Info  |   Historical Septic Records   |   Flood & Hazard Areas   |   Shores, Streams & Wetlands  |    List of Possible County Inspections (PDF)    |   Projects that need an Engineered Drainage Plan   |    All Thurston County Maps   |   Tax Assessor Property Lookup   |   Auditor Property Records  |   Checklist - Basic Property Research (PDF)   |   Permit Archives 

County reports 
The County can research a property to let you know if/which engineering or environmental reports you need for your specific project. The County does not create the actual engineering or environmental reports. Fees apply. Private firms also conduct property research.
Critical Areas Report   |   Wetlands Report   |   Gopher Soils &  Other Reports

County staff
Email, leave a voice mail, or visit the permit office (the Building Development Center) in person. Experienced staff may be able to answer your questions. Walk-ins welcome.

*Thurston County government doesn't issue permits outside unincorporated Thurston County,