OLYMPIA – On February 6, 2018 the Board of Commissioners supported staff's recommendation to change the name of the Permit Assistance Center to the Building Development Center, effective immediately. The move is part of a larger effort by the Board to align work and County services with the names of departments and divisions.
While the name change is effective immediately, citizens may still see Permit Assistance Center on signs, business cards and directories during the transition period. Staff will be making changes to signage over time to identify the office as the Building Development Center.
"The word permit can be intimidating, and we provide more services than just permitting," said Sandy Norton, Building Development Center manager. "We provide information to citizens about already developed properties, septic systems, well site locations, and critical areas, just to name of few. This may ultimately lead to the need for a permit, but that is not always the case."
The Building Development Center (BDC) is a division within the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department, formerly known as Resource Stewardship. The Commissioners took a formal action to change the name of that department on February 13, 2018.
"The Community Planning & Economic Development department is at the forefront of ensuring people can build homes, businesses, and appropriately utilize and care for the natural resources of the region," said Joshua Cummings, CPED director. "Renaming the Permit Assistance Center to the Building Development Center further aligns the functions of CPED with its identity and service to citizens."