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Public Access is Closed to MOST County Facilities Due to COVID-19.

In response to Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order and Safe Start Plan, Thurston County continues to operate under
an essential services model.  This is in effect until Thurston County enters Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan.
Courts and other elected offices may operate under different hours or restrictions.

(Solid waste facilities are open. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2SldUPq)
(For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit https://bit.ly/3ext6BG)
(For more information on essential functions, visit: https://bit.ly/3dwIBK8)
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Hearing Examiner

scales justiceThe Thurston County Hearing Examiner is an attorney appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to provide a public hearing process for land use issues that is fair, efficient, open and accessible to all citizens. Examples of land-use cases decided by the Hearing Examiner include plat subdivisions, special use and shoreline permits, variances, and administrative land-use appeals.

The Hearing Examiner conducts quasi-judicial proceedings and then issues formal decisions or makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on the matters heard.

Decisions by the Hearing Examiner are subject to appeal to the Board of County Commissioners or the appropriate appellate body with jurisdiction, based on the record established before the Hearing Examiner.

The role of the Hearing Examiner is described in Thurston County Code (Title 2 Administration, Chapter 2.06)

Hearing Examiner


Public Hearings will be held virtually via Webinar and by telephone until further notice


Contact Us

Sonja Cady, Land Use Clerk. Phone: 360-867-2117. Fax: 360-754-2939. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  Email: sonja.cady@co.thurston.wa.us.  Address: Thurston County Office of the Hearing Examiner, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Second Floor, Olympia, WA 98502.

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