Building and Land Use Permit Fees
Fees for building and land-use projects can vary depending on the type of permit or the size of the project; therefore, it's not possible to quote actual fees on this website. If you have a complete set of plans, the Permit Assistance Center can evaluate the project and provide you with an estimate of the fees before you actually apply for a permit.
The Thurston County Permitting Program is self-supporting through fees and does not rely on Thurston County's general fund.
Forms of Payment Accepted
Application Fees may be paid by check, credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or cash.
BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Thurston County’s credit card vendor will charge a fee for each credit card transaction. The fee will be 2.35% of the transaction total ($2 for totals of $85 or less). The transaction fee is charged by the credit card company. The fee goes to the credit card company, not to Thurston County. This will not affect cash or check transactions.
Read answers to frequently asked questions.
Fee Due Dates
See our "Step by Step Guide for Homeowners" for a description of when fees are due.
Start Here: Guide to Residential and Nonresidential (Commercial) Permit Fees
|For a quick look at residential and nonresidential
permit fees for a standard project,
For more detailed information, see "Permit Fees by
Permit Fees by Topic:
|Residential Plan Review and Building Permit Fees
(Resource Stewardship - Permit Assistance Center):
Covers the costs of a typical residential site-plan review (to check for zoning, critical areas etc.), reviewing building plans to make sure they comply with code, and inspecting buildings. These fees do not include fees for driveways, septic systems and water systems (see below).
Land-Use and Environmental Review Application Fees (Resource Stewardship):
Fees apply if critical areas are identified on a property -- critical areas require a higher level of review. These fees also apply if you want to divide or consolidate land, build along shorelines, or are required to do a SEPA review.
|Hearing Examiner Fee
Fees apply if you are seeking a quasi-judicial proceeding for a land-use case or administrative appeal.
Septic Systems/Water System
Supplemental Applications (Environmental Health):
Fees apply if you need to build a new onsite septic system or water system. No need to pay if you are served by an already-existing public water system or sewer system.
Supplemental Applications (Public Works-Development
Fees apply to all work within the right-of-way (new driveway, utilities, etc.), and for larger-scale clearing and excavating activities.
|Nonresidential (Commercial) Project Fees
Fees that apply to churches, offices, schools, businesses..
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