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Code Compliance


Thurston County’s Compliance Coordinators work with property owners to correct violations of the land use chapter, and other county codes that support, promote and maintain the quality of our community for all Thurston County residents. We thank you for taking time to access the information provided here for your convenience.


~The Thurston County Compliance Unit.

Whats New!

The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 15628, on June 12, 2018, and effective immediately. The ordinance adopts text amendments to improve general readability by addressing inconsistent or redundant language in sections describing compliance with land use policies and procedures. In addition, the amendments memorialize provisions for collaborative compliance methods. The amendments effect Title 26 of the Thurston County Code relating Code Enforcement, which were enacted in February of 2016.

Issues Enforced by Thurston County

Land-Use, Building, CritIcal Areas, Shorelines, and Junk Vehicles

To report a potential code violation, please complete the online Investigation Request Form. Complaints are subject to public records request, we ask that you review the disclosure notice on the form for further information.

For more information about structures built prior to a permit click here.

For more information about junk vehicles, also visit our Junk Vehicle website.

Garbage, Trash, Noise, Septic Systems

Visit the Environmental Health Program's webpage to report a problem regarding garbage and illegal dumping, failing septic systems, improper storage of hazardous wastes (gasoline, motor oil), or noise. 

Illegal Dumping in Storm Drains

In Thurston County it is illegal to dump or spill anything but rain water, with certain limited exceptions, into a storm drainage facility. Common violations include the illegal dumping of motor oil and paint in storm drains. Visit the Water Resource Program's online reporting page or call (360) 867-2664.

Noxious Weeds

To report a noxious weed, call the Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Agency at (360)786-5576. For a list of noxious weeds, click here.

Title 26; Code Enforcement - Text Amendment

  • Approved June 12, 2018
  • Public Hearing held June 2, 2018
  • Published "Notice of Public Hearing" in Olympian.
  • County issues State Environmental Policy Act (S.E.P.A.) Determination of "non-significance" (DNS) for an Administrative [non-project] Action, and S.E.P.A. Application Checklist.
  • Thurston County staff requested at a regular, televised meeting, and the Board approved the propsal be scheduled for public hearing to receive citizen comments on the proposed text affecting Title 26.
  • In early May, the Board reviewed proposed amendments, and directed staff to schedule the proposal for hearing. (Please see May 8th, Briefing Summary provided below)

  • Ordinance No. 15628
  • Notice of Public Hearing
  • SEPA Checklist
  • BOCC Briefing Summary - April 2017
  • BOCC Briefing Summayr - June 2017
  • BOCC Briefing Summary - June 2017
  • BOCC Briefing Summary - December 2017
  • BOCC Briefing Summary - January 2018
  • BOCC Briefing Summary - May 2018


    Kraig Chalem, Compliance Unit Supervisor
    Community Planning & Economic Development Department (CPED)
    Building # 1, 2nd Floor
    2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
    Olympia, WA  98502
    Email: kraig.chalem@co.thurston.wa.us 
    Phone: 360-754-4034
    Fax: 360-754-3355
    TTY/TDD: 711 or 1-800-833-6388

    Issues Enforced by Other Jurisdictions

    Animal Control

    Please click here for animal control information.

    Smoke, Open Fire

    The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency accepts complaints related to smoke, open fire, woodstoves and emissions in Thurston County. Click here to access a complaint form.

    Contact Us

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