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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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Land Use Ordinances

Special Use Permits

In each of the zoning districts there are land uses listed that, because of their unique characteristics, can be difficult to site and be incompatible with other uses of the land. These uses require approval of a special use permit.

Depending on the use proposed and the zoning for the location, approval authority for a Special Use Permit may rest with the Resource Stewardship Department or the Hearing Examiner.  In either case, the approval authority must find that the proposed use will cause no undue adverse effects that cannot be mitigated.

Note:  The specific special use approval standards within the rural county and the urban growth areas of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater vary.  Refer to the appropriate Thurston County Code Provision for specific standards.

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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