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March, 2017
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County Permit Assistant Center Expands Hours

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 County Permit Assistant Center Expands Hours

The Center will be open 8am to 4pm daily

The Thurston County Permit Assistant Center (PAC) is expanding hours of operation. The Center will be open to the public, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

County staff provides general information and technical assistance for land use and building permit applications at the PAC. Expanding the hours provides citizens with more access to staff when going through the permitting process.

Environmental Health and Public Works staff will also be available to provide technical assistance regarding septic systems, wells, driveways, and grading Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Originally, the plan was to hire one more PAC staff in 2018,” said Commission Chair Bud Blake. “We think it is important enough to move forward with an additional position this year and extend the hours to respond to a real need of our constituents.”

Commissioner Vice-Chair John Hutchings said, “We want to hear from PAC customers to know if this change is helping relieve some of the anxiety of getting a county building permit. It is important that we understand the effectiveness of the change and your experience with our processes.”

If you have visited the PAC and would like to provide feedback, please send it to

“We have heard what voters in this county have told us and we are acting on it,” said Commissioner Gary Edwards. “Our goal is to meet the needs of our citizens, and this is one way to accomplish just that.”

Permit Assistance Center Location-

Thurston County Courthouse Complex
Building One, Second Floor
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia

-MORE- Those submitting commercial applications must still request an appointment. Contact the PAC at (360)786-5490 for more information or to schedule. For more about permitting and PAC activities, please visit: Here.

By John Tennis

Expanded hours to serve the public. Expanded hours to serve the public.