Critical Areas /Prairies - Visit the Planning Dept. website.
The Permit Assistance Center can guide you through the process of building a new home or commercial structure. We are a one-stop center for permitting. 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.
Gopher Review Process for Permits
If you plan to build in unincorporated Thurston County between now and summer of 2016, please apply for your building permits right away.
When you apply for a building permit, Thurston County will conduct a Critical Areas Ordinance review that includes a screening of your project site for the presence of Mazama pocket gophers.
Read about the 2015 Mazama pocket gopher review process.