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2018 Building Code Amendments
Board adopts changes to the building code.

New rules for domestic wells

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Critical Areas /Prairies

Development Code Docket

Title 26; Code Enforcement - Text Amendment

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Per direction of the Board of County Commissioners, during this time of unprecedented circumstances, Thurston County offices are closed to public access, effective March 19, 2020.

Per direction of the Governor the BDC employees are adhering to the “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy” Order. 

Despite this closure it is the commitment of the County to remain providing service to citizens, in a modified manner via email.

The Building Development Center (BDC) will continue to accept applications, review development proposals, and issue building and septic permits.

Effective March 26, 2020, the following applications will be accepted electronically.  Please follow the electronic submittal instructions below. Staff will notify you within five working days if the application is complete or incomplete.  If complete, staff will call for payment of application fees.  A 2.35% credit card transaction fee will apply. If the application is not complete, you will be notified via email of the information needed for resubmittal.


  1. Documents must be in a PDF format. Photos will not be accepted.

  2. The following documents shall be saved as a separate PDF:
        -Master and Supplemental Application (example          supplemental applications: Residential building permit,      onsite  sewage system, JARPA, SEPA, etc)
        -Site Plan
        -Septic Designs
        -Construction Drawings
        -Energy Calculations
        -Engineering Documents
        -Impervious surface worksheet
        -Gopher Study
        -Miscellaneous (Certificate of Water Availability, school &      traffic mitigation receipts, etc)

  3. Attach PDF documents in one (1) email and send to the appropriate email address. See Where to Submit Applications below.  If the files are large send two emails.  If sending two emails reference email 1 of 2 and email 2 of 2 in the subject line.

  4. In the subject line of the email reference the application type (example: Building Permit for Shop, Onsite Sewage System application, Revised Design, Division of Land Application, etc.).


  1. Submit the following applications and documents to  nortons@co.thurston.wa.us
     ·   Residential Building Permit
     ·   Onsite Sewage System Application
     ·   Water System Applications
     ·   Septic Abandonment Applications
     ·   Manufactured Home Placement Permits
     ·   Revised septic designs and site plans

  2. Submit the following applications to building@co.thurston.wa.us
     ·   All Non Residential Applications (sign permits, fire permits,      hood & duct permits, etc.)

  3. Submit the following applications to permit@co.thurston.wa.us 
     ·   Minor Permit Application
     ·   Time of Transfers 
     ·   Refund Requests

  4. Submit the following applications to planning@co.thurston.wa.us
     ·   All Land Use Applications (Division of Land, Boundary Line      Adjustments, JARPA, SEPA, Other Administrative            Actions, etc.)
     ·  Appeals

  5.  Submit the following applications to                 DevRev_tech@co.thurston.wa.us
     ·   Access Permits
     ·   Construction Permit
     ·   Encroachment Permit
     ·   Scoping Review Requests
     ·   Drainage Plans

  6. Submit the following  to EH_tech@co.thurston.wa.us  ·   Record Drawings
     ·   Record Drawing Requests

 The following services can be obtained remotely:

  1.  Planning – General development questions related to zoning, shorelines, critical areas (gopher/prairie, wetlands, streams, floodplain, steep slopes, oak trees, etc.).
     ·    Email planning@co.thurston.wa.us

  2.  Building Questions – If you have building code questions, call (360)754-3355 ext. 7289

  3.  Building Inspections - Call (360)786-5489 for an inspection.  Inspections are being conducted by the following methods.  An Inspector will call you to determine what program or method you have available and set an appointment.
     ·    Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or Duo inspections. 
     ·    Video submissions

  4. Environmental Health (EH) Department –Questions related to septic systems, wells, water systems, record drawings.
     ·    EH_tech@co.thurston.wa.us
     ·    Visit the website online at https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/index.html

  5. Public Works Department – Questions related to access, clearing & grading, stormwater drainage requirements. 
    ·    Devrev_tech@co.thurston.wa.us
    ·    https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/devrev.html

  6. Permitting – For general permitting questions, email permit@co.thurston.wa.us

  7. Permit Status or Geodata Mapping - Visit www.thurstoncountybdc.com and click on the links located in the quick tools box.

  8. Code Compliance – Email compliance@co.thurston.wa.us

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2000 Lakeridge Drive SW (map & directions)  |  360-786-5490


Friendly staff help with building, plumbing and mechanical permits; planning, zoning  and land-use regulations; septic systems, wells and water testing.  Find forms, fee information and codes in the links on the left side of this page.  Use QUICK TOOLS to research properties, check a permit status, schedule an inspection and more. Full list of services.

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






Community Planning & Economic

Development (CPED)

Development Services Division News


E-inspectionsSmart Phone

 Ready, Camera, Approval

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; and it may be enough to sign-off your inspection without a site visit.  Currently Thurston County will accept photos and videos for inspection review of minor projects or inspection corrections.

More info at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/landuse/inspect/inspect-home.html

Send your email with the information for review to Building@co.thurston.wa.us. Once viewed the inspector may request additional information or arrange a site visit.

Staff contact: Chris Edmark at (360) 786-5466 or chris.edmark@co.thurston.wa.us

CPED exploring online Customer User Interface

The Board of County Commissioners approved CPED moving forward on exploring new online tools for applicants to:

  • Submit and pay for building permits online
  • Obtain permit status
  • Obtain the permit electronically
  • Request building inspections (on-site, e-inspection, or other)
  • View inspection schedule and status

CPED is interested in receiving your input. To let us know your thoughts on this topic and how we can serve you better, please contact:
Sandy Norton at (360) 867-2106 or sandy.norton@co.thurston.wa.us