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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.

Quick Tools

Information Line

Geodata Maps

Assessor Parcel Search
Parcel Search

Search Permit Archives
Permit Archives

Check Permit Status
Permit Status

Schedule Inspection

Auditor Record Search
Record Search

Septic Pump Reports

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


When and how to schedule inspections