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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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Building Development Center

Why Permits and Inspections are Necessary

safe homeThe permit process is more than just procedure and paperwork – it’s a way to ensure structures are safe for you and the people you love. Inspectors make sure buildings comply with important building codes, including checking the foundation, framing, insulation, roofing, plumbing, door locks, sheetrock and grading.

The permits also help ensure that people build correctly in environmentally sensitive or hazardous areas – such as floodplains – and comply with land-use and zoning plans that preserve the quality of life here in Thurston County.

Permit review is also a financial issue.  Proper permitting helps protect property values.  Also property insurers often refuse to cover damages caused by work done without permits and inspections. Likewise, banks often will decline to finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection.

Proceeding with a project without a permit may mean that the project will ultimately have to be removed or remedied somehow -- and that costs money. So before a project is started, see if a permit is required.

red arrowSee Improvements and Repairs that Require a Permit.

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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