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Welcome to the Permit Assistance Center

permitting imageWhether you are building your dream home or a new commercial structure, the Permit Assistance Center can guide you through the process. We work closely with staff from other departments to provide a one-stop center where permit-applicants can meet all their needs. The Permit Assistance Center is part of the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department.

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.

Permit Reviews on Gopher Soils

Applications on gopher soils that are submitted after October 6, 2014 cannot be guaranteed a site visit before the close of this year’s site visit window. Please note that the last day of site visits this year is anticipated to be October 31, 2014, weather permitting.

This summer, the County has been working with U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to review applications for projects that occur in areas where pocket gophers may exist. The County does not currently require applicants to hire professional biologists to perform site visits. If a biologist’s survey is necessary, USFWS will make a formal request in writing.

County and USFWS staff conduct site visits to determine if gophers are present and if so, whether the proposed project would have an impact on their habitat. USFWS sends a letter to the County every week stating which projects are “good to go” with respect to gophers, and which projects may require additional technical assistance or planning.

People without applications currently pending can also request a site visit. A fee may be assessed for these visits. For more information, please contact Andrew Deffobis at (360) 754-3355 x5467 or at deffoba@co.thurston.wa.us. To ensure we can accommodate requests, citizens are advised to request a site visit as soon as possible.

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

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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

Inspections

When and how to schedule inspections