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Welcome to the Permit Assistance Center

permitting imageThe Permit Assistance Center can guide you through the process of building a new home or commercial structure. We are a one-stop center for permitting. The Permit Assistance Center is part of the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department.

Quick Tools

Information Line

Geodata Maps

Assessor Parcel Search
Parcel Search

Search Permit Archives
Permit Archives

Check Permit Status
Permit Status

Schedule Inspection

Auditor Record Search
Record Search

Septic Pump Reports







Hours and Location

The Permit Assistance Center is located at the Courthouse Complex in Building 1 on the Second Floor, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Planning staff is available to answer your questions about land use (zoning, critical areas, shorelines) during regular hours of operation, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Staff from Environmental Health are available to respond to your questions about septic systems and wells Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., only. For more contact information, click here.

Site Visit Goper Review2015 Gopher Review Process for Permits

If you plan to build in unincorporated Thurston County between now and summer of 2016, please apply for your building permits right away.
When you apply for a building permit, Thurston County will conduct a Critical Areas Ordinance review that includes a screening of your project site for the presence of Mazama pocket gophers.
Read about the 2015 Mazama pocket gopher review process.

Learn more about the Habitat Conservation Plan, or sign up for the Long Range Planning webmail.

Common Activities

Do I Need a Permit?

Find out whether you need a permit.

Commercial Building Permits

How to get started

A Guide for Home Builders

A homeowners guide to the permitting process

Codes and Standards

Codes and standards for construction, land use and more.

Property Information

Parcel information, zoning, land use and more

Green Building

Resources to help you build green and save green (external link)

Forms and Applications

Master application plus project-specific supplemental applications


When and how to schedule inspections