- Kevin Hughes - Manager
- Arthur Saint - 867-2043
- Kevin Chambers - 867-2044
- Ruthie Padilla - 867-2046
The Development Review group reviews and inspects all land use
projects to ensure compliance with the Road Standards, Drainage
Erosion Control Manual, Utility Ordinance, Uniform Building Code and
other county ordinances. The division is also responsible for
ensuring that all road construction projects within the
unincorporated county are constructed in compliance with the
approved project plans and all applicable county ordinances.
The Development Review office is located on the second floor of
Building 1 in the Thurston County Courthouse complex at 2000
Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-6045.
New Driveway Permits
Why is an encroachment permit required?
An encroachment permit is required so we can maintain adequate drainage
systems along each road without interfering with ingress/egress of each
land use parcel. Safety factors such as available sight distance,
proximity to nearby intersection/driveway and road classification all
may impact the location of the driveway.
Access to arterial roadways shall be spaced at intervals of 500
feet, collectors 300feet, and local roads 130 feet from nearby public or
private intersection. A driveway serving two or more dwellings is
considered a road. (See Arterial/Collector Roadways Map.) A paved apron
must be constructed for two or more parcels accessing an arterial or
collector. (TCRS, Section 7.04 & Appendix 7-A)
Where do you get the permit?
Permits may be obtained from Development Review in The County
Courthouse, Building 1, 2nd Floor, at the Permit Assistance
Is there a fee?
See permit fee schedule. The
property owner is responsible for the installation and costs. There may
be other review fees associated with the permit.
What does the inspector look for on the first inspections?
Inspectors look for drainage issues (i.e. culvert size), and available
What is the next step?
A letter will be mailed to the property owner informing the owner if the
culvert is or is not required, the culvert installation expiration date,
and if there will be any further stipulations required.
The property owner will need to call Thurston County Development Review
Section at 867-2046 to request a final inspection when completed.
Permit Granted To:
|Utility, as defined by the
Thurston County Road Standards, is a business providing
public service such as gas, electric power, telephone,
telegraph, water, sewer, or cable television, whether or not
such business is privately owned or owned by a government
entity. In according to Ordinance 11865, there are three
different types of permits based on the activity. Please
refer to Section 13.56.050, Utility Permit Type, in
Ordinance 11865.Please contact our division at
e-mail for a
utility permit application. Have the following information
ready to put on the permit:
Address of Grantee:
Phone of Grantee:
Work Order Number if Applicable:
Lineal Feet of Work Being Done:
Link to Thurston County Utility Ordinance
To obtain a permit, call: (360) 867-2300 Monday-Friday