FAQ - Public Right of Way
Who should I contact about
Call the Development Review Division of the Public Works Department
at (360) 867-2050.
How do I get permission to connect my driveway to a
As part of your application package, you will need to apply for an
access easement. To get
an easement application for crossing a Thurston County right-of-way,
What steps are involved in the review stage?
Thurston County Public Works reviews all proposals for new driveway
access to county roads and unopened county right of way, and issues
Encroachment Permits. A county engineering technician will review your
access proposal based on the following safety requirements:
- Sight distance - Drivers and pedestrians entering and exiting
your property must be able to see oncoming vehicles from a safe
distance. This distance increases proportionately to traffic speeds.
- Intersections - Access must be constructed at a minimum distance
from any intersection. Again the safe distance is determined based
on traffic volumes and speed.
- Drainage - Frequently the proposed access route will cross a
roadside drainage ditch. A county engineering technician will decide
if a culvert is needed to maintain proper drainage and will notify
you of any installation requirements.
- When your access proposal has been approved, the reviewer will
prepare an Encroachment Permit and notify your case manager in the
Permit Assistance Center. The case manager will add this approval to
your project file. You must
purchase the Encroachment Permit before constructing the
Thurston County Permit Assistance Center, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW,
Olympia, WA 98502-6045.
Phone: (360) 786-5490. TDD line: (360) 754-2933. E-mail: