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Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.

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A Guide for Home Builders

house imageStep-by-Step Guide to Getting a Home Building Permit

Navigate the process for developing property in unincorporated Thurston County by clicking on the numbered boxes below. Learn the county's requirements and procedures from concept to completion for your project. Find out the key elements involved, tips to expedite the process, and quick access to the resources you will need along the way.

(This webpage and its links are patterned after a City of San Diego site. Our thanks to the City of San Diego for sharing artwork, text, and navigation structures with us.)

red floatPlease note: If you live within an incorporated city, you will need to contact your city's building department for a permit.  Thurston County's Building Development Center is for development in unincorporated Thurston County only.


1. Permit Need
Does your project need a permit?
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2. Site Information
Is your type of project allowed on your property (zoning, critical areas)?
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3. Discretionary Review
Does your project comply with building and land-use codes?
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Do you have everything you need to obtain your permits & approvals?
5. Permits & Approvals
Do you know when, and how much, to pay?
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6. Inspection
Steps Thurston County takes to review your project and what you can do next
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7. Occupancy
Are you ready for an inspection?

Contact Us

     Phone: (360) 786-5490. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388.  E-mail: permit@co.thurston.wa.us.


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