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Applications and Forms - Land Use and Environmental Review

Examples: boundary line adjustments, critical areas review, reasonable-use exception, division of land, SEPA, Joint Aquatic Resources Permit

The information on this page is a general guide. Before filling out any applications, contact the Permit Assistance Center with your project details to verify exactly which applications you'll need to supply. 

How to Find Submittal Requirements

Submittal requirements are listed on each of the application forms featured below.

red arrowMaster Application -- required for all projects
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Master Application - MA 001 General application required for all projects - asks for contact information and a checklist of the supplemental applications (ie, project-specific applications) the applicant will be providing. Guide to Using Form
  
Additional Property Owners Attachment Page
Dividing/Consolidating Land dollar signiClick here for fees
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Boundary Line Adjustment
Lot Consolidation - SA 023

  
To redraw property lines between two separate legal parcels or consolidate them. Boundary Line Adjustment/Consolidation Guide
  
Boundary Line Adjustment Map (legal-sized paper)
  
Declaration of Boundary Line Adjustment and Covenant Form (legal-sized paper)
  
New Legal Descriptions of Parcels Form
  
Boundary Line Adjustment Recording Cover Sheet
  
Division of Land - SA 026
  
Division of Land Final Map Application - SA 026a (to apply for a final map establishing the new legal lot lines to be recorded with the Thurston County Auditor's Office.
  
Application to divide a parcel of land into 2 or more lots.  Requires a presubmission conference.
  
Short Plat = division into 4 or fewer lots, any one of which is less than 5 acres.
  
Large Lot = division into 2 or more lots, all of which are 5 acres or larger and any one which is smaller than 40 acres.
Division of Land Guide
  
Declaration of Covenant Form - Short Plat (legal sized paper)
  
Declaration of Covenant Form - Large Lot (legal sized paper)
Binding Site Plan - SA 022
Application to divide land for office, commerical or industrial-zoned properties or for a manufactured home park. Requires a presubmission conference.  
Other Administrative Actions Application for other administrative actions and miscellaneous planning activities.  
Presubmission Conference - SA 033
  
A presubmission conference is required for plats, short plats and large-lot subdivisions, special use permits, new nonresidential (commercial) uses or change of use. Presubmission Conference Guide
Zoning-Related Applications dollar signiClick here for fees
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Site Plan Review - SA 038 A site plan review is required for nonresidential (commercial), industrial and certain residential development projects within rural Thurston County and the Urban Growth Areas of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. Goal is to ensure compliance with all appropriate land development regulations. Site Plan Review Guide
Design Review - SA 025 In the Urban Growth Areas of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, developers are sometimes required to meet certain aesthetic standards. This form is for county-review of an application for compliance with those standards. Design Review Guide
  
Lacey UGA Questionnaire
  
Olympia UGA Questionnaire
  
Tumwater UGA Questionnaire
Special Use Permit - SA 039 To get approval for uses that are not outright allowed within your zoning district because they might be difficult to site or incompatible with other uses. Requires a presubmission conference Special Use Permit Guide
Variance - Administrative - SA 021 Enables a property owner to apply for a variance that would reduce zoning setback requirements by no more than 50 percent. Property owners may also apply for a variance from critical area buffers. Administrative Variance Guide
Variance - Hearing Examiner - SA 040 Enables a property owner to apply for a variance that would reduce setback requirements by more than 50 percent, or allow a property owner to build within the half of a critical area buffer that is closest to the critical area itself (for example, a wetland). Hearing Examiner Variance Guide
Release of Moratorium - SA 035    
Comp Plan Amendment, Open Space -SA 036a
  
Rezone - SA 036b
Use this form to request a map or policy change to Thurston County's comprehensive plan. This involves proposing a change through the docketing process (external link - note deadline for citizen proposals).  If you're requesting a zoning change, also supply SA 036b Comprehensive Plan Amendment Guide
  
Fee Guideline for Comp Plan Changes
     
Critical Areas (wetlands, streams, steep slopes etc.) & Forests dollar signiClick here for fees
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Critical Area Administrative Review - SA 024 CAAR is a process to implement the provisions of the Agricultural Critical Area Ordinance (ACAO), Title 17.15, for agricultural land use activities within a critical area or associated buffer.  This does not include the construction of new agricultural structures.  Construction of new buildings is covered in Title 24 and requires a Critical Area Review Permit (CARP). Critical Area Administrative Review Guide
Critical Area Review Permit - SA 024a A CARP is required for any development that may impact critical areas and associated buffers or for critical area evaluations, as outlined in the Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance, Title 24. Critical Area Review Permit Guide
Critical Area Determination - SA 024b Critical Area Determination is a process to determine if critical areas are present on a property and whether a proposed activity or an area is subject to the Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance, Title 24. Critical Area Determination Guide
Variances See SA 021 and SA 040 in the "Zoning-Related Review" section above.  
Reasonable Use Exception - SA 034 Residents who believe the buffers in the Critical Areas Ordinance leave them with no reasonable use of this property may apply for a "Reasonable Use Exception" to build in the critical area or buffer. Reasonable Use Exception Guide
Forest Practice Activities Application size is 8 1/2" x 14".  Please print application on legal size paper. Please click here for a description of this type of activity.
SEPA & Water-Related dollar signiClick here for fees
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Environmental Review Checklist (SEPA) - SA 027(cover sheet)
  
Environmental Review Checklist Elements (the detailed information required)
Thurston County code requires review of certain proposals to assess the impact of those proposals on the environment before making decisions. See guide to the right for examples of when SEPA review is needed. (Any work over or in water requires SEPA review.) Environmental Checklist (SEPA) Guide
  
Click here for fresh water dock information (lakes)
Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) cover sheet - SA 030
  
JARPA Application Form, Washington State (external link)
For projects proposed to be build near marine shorelines, lakes and rivers, generally within 250 feet of the ordinary high water mark. (These types of projects are regulated under the Shoreline Management Act.) This is a joint federal-state-local application. JARPA Guide
  
Also see our docks FAQ
Shoreline Administrative Variance - SA 037 Form to get approval to encroach into shoreline buffer that is regulated under the Shoreline Management Act (marine shorelines, rivers and wetlands). Shoreline Administrative Variance Guide
Land Ownership dollar signiClick here for fees
Application (PDF) - includes submittal info. Description Info. Related to the Application
Legal Lot Determination - SA 031 To apply for a formal legal lot determination that will provide a written, binding letter of proof about a parcel's legal status. Legal Lot Determination Guide
Innocent Purchaser - SA 029 Form for residents who purchased property for market value without receiving actual notice that the lot was not legally created. Application is to have the lot legally created. Innocent Purchaser Guide
Appeal/Reconsideration - Hearing Examiner dollar signiClick here for fees
  Please see the Hearing Examiner page for appeal/reconsideration forms.  

 

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