OLYMPIA -- Starting on March 30, the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center will be adopting new hours of public operation. The Center will be open from 8AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Walk-ins will be welcome during those hours. In addition, there will be opportunities to set an appointment for a specific later time or business day. A "Quick Access" line will provide customers an opportunity to drop off supplemental materials or pick up a needed form. A "Drop Box" will be set up outside the Permit Center so materials can be left from noon to 4:00 PM. Materials from the drop box will be collected and date stamped each day at 4:00 PM.
Resource Stewardship Department Director Cliff Moore says the changes will enable staff to provide direct service to the public in the morning and process permit applications in the afternoon. Moore added, "With the current economic slowdown, the number of permit applications has fallen off dramatically in recent months. The recession has significantly impacted revenue and forced us to make difficult decisions related to staff reductions. Reduced hours for the Permit Center are a direct result of those staff reductions." As the economy improves, Permit Center officials will explore expanding hours of operation.
County Building Inspectors, who support the work of the Permit Center , will be available from Monday – Thursday each week, starting at 6:00 AM. The telephone number to schedule an inspection is 360-754-3355, ext 5489.
Those seeking more information regarding the Permit Assistance Center can call the main phone number at 360-786-5490 or visit the Thurston County web site at www.co.thurston.wa.us