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Whether 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure we can accommodate requests, citizens are advised to request a site visit as soon as possible.