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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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Land Use Ordinances

Reasonable Use Exception

Thurston County property owners may apply for a "Reasonable Use Exception" if they believe the buffers and critical areas (frequently flooded areas, rivers, wetlands etc..) defined in the Critical Areas Ordinance leave them with no reasonable use of their properties.  Applicants must demonstrate that no other reasonable use can occur without impacting the critical area or buffers.

This process requires public notification and a public hearing. The approval authority is the Hearing Examiner for Thurston County.

In order to approve a Reasonable Use Exception, the Hearing Examiner must find that there is no other alternative for developing the property; the request will not threaten public health, safety or welfare; and that the alteration is the minimum necessary to allow reasonable use of the property.

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Contact Us

Thurston County Building Development Center, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-6045.
Phone: (360) 786-5490. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  E-mail: permit@co.thurston.wa.us.

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