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Thurston County Building and Land Use Codes


If you have questions about building setbacks, permitted uses based on zoning, critical area buffers, resource lands, subdivision, etc, you'll want to research our Thurston County Code.

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Which Codes May We Help You Find?


All County Codes - Municode

read the code text through Municode or see topics below

Drainage Manual

standards for managing stormwater runoff and erosion - plans required

Land Use Ordinances

zoning, critical areas, shorelines, subdividing land

Environmental Health Codes

sewage disposal (septic tanks), public water supplies.

Building Codes

setbacks, fire, building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes

Public Works Codes

road standards, stormwater drainage, utility ordinance


Public Hearing on Building Code Amendments

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Buildings and Construction Code (Title 14). The amendments include but are not limited to the exempt building size in the rural county, exempt other activities from permitting such as window and siding replacement, and make changes to flood regulations.

An executive summary and the full text of the proposed ordinance is available here.

A table with explanations for each amendment is available here.

Public Hearing Information:

Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 5:30 P.M., or soon thereafter
Location: Room 280, Building 1
Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Comments may be given at the hearing, mailed or sent via email. Please send email comments to Jeremy Davis at davisj@co.thurston.wa.us by 4:00 p.m. on July 17th. Please send mailed comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
C/O Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Mailed comments must arrive by July 17, 2018 by 4:00 P.M. If you have any questions, you can email Jeremy at the address above, or call (360) 867-2103.


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