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.
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COVID-19 Update

On June 23, Thurston County was approved to move to Phase 3 of the 'Safe Start' recovery plan. On June 22, the Governor issued a state-wide face covering directive

For the most updated, daily case numbers, visit the PHSS COVID-19 data page. Numbers are updated at 3:00 p.m. daily. 

Thurston County Burn Ban

The Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the County Manager, the Emergency Services Director, and in alignment with Washington State Department of Natural Resources, has determined current weather conditions allow for lifting the recreational fire burn ban. The restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Thurston County remain in effect until Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The Fire Safety Burn Ban applies to residential yard waste burning, all land clearing burns, and recreational fires. 

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Recycled Asphalt Policy Amendment to the Nisqually Subarea Plan

​The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public testimony on a citizen-requested amendment to the Nisqually Subarea Plan, which currently prohibits asphalt recycling due to water quality concerns. The proposed amendment would change the language of Policy E.5 in the Nisqually Subarea Plan to allow for asphalt recycling within the subarea. This proposed amendment is item 11 on the 2020/2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this public hearing will be held virtually. The Planning Commission will provide a link on their agenda, posted one week before the meeting, at:

Thurston County Accepting Applications for Heritage Grant Program

​Thurston County is accepting applications for historic preservation projects in the county from Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020. Organizations can submit applications for the Heritage Grant Program at:

The Thurston County Historic Commission grant sub-committee will review and rank the applications in early November. After ranking the projects, the applications will move forward to the entire Thurston County Historic Commission. The Historic Commission will provide recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners for consideration. Grants will be awarded in early 2021.

Respond to 2020 Census by September 30

​It's not too late to respond to the 2020 Census! Your response will help inform how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed to local communities each year, and how many representatives each state gets in Congress. Respond by Wednesday, September 30, by visiting or calling 844-330-2020.

Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Now Accepting Applications

County residents with unpaid rent since March 2020 can contact the Community Action Council (CAC), or one of its partnering organizations, to see if they qualify for rental assistance. ERAP is intended to provide rental assistance for those most likely to become homeless after an eviction, to suffer severe health consequences if evicted, and to promote equity for groups of people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Comments Accepted on Draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP)

​The SWMP is a collaborative effort of participating cities, industry representatives, and the county to provide citizens with efficient, reliable, and affordable solid waste collection, handling, recycling, and disposal services. The intent is to improve the quality of life while protecting and preserving human health, environmental quality, and natural resources. Comments will be accepted September 1-30, 2020.

Addressing Homelessness As A Region

​On June 14, 2018, the Thurston County Board of Health (BoH) declared homelessness a public health crisis in Thurston County. Learn more about what Thurston County is doing to address homelessness at the links below.

Commissioner Seek Volunteers for Advisory Boards

​The Board of County Commissioners continue to see citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on the 22 advisory boards, commissions, committees, and councils. 

Thurston County Employment Opportunities

Looking for a new career? Thurston County wants you! Check out our job openings with competitive salaries and excellent benefit packages! 

Recruiting - Civil Service

​The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions.

Contact Information​

Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-1045

County Directory: (360) 754-3800

Commissioners Office: (360) 786-5440