Hearing Examiner

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Role of the City's Hearing Examiner

The role of the Hearing Examiner is to interpret, review, and implement land use regulations according to the Tumwater Municipal Code or any other city ordinances through open record decision and appeal hearings.

The examiner conducts public hearings and decides on matters such as variances, conditional use permits, preliminary plats, administrative appeals, shoreline permits, SEPA appeals, among other land use issues. The decision made by the hearing examiner is typically the City's final decision, unless an appeal is filed with Thurston County Superior Court. For more information, go to Tumwater Municipal Code, Chapter 2.58.

Related Links

     Protocol for Hearings 

     Rules of Procedure

Hearing Schedule

Meetings are scheduled as needed in the Council Chambers at Tumwater City Hall (map).


Date Project Agenda
Minutes Decision 
09-12-2018  Conditional Use Permit  Agenda     
08-08-2018  Sign Variance  Agenda  Minutes   
04-12-2017  Shoreline Substantial Development Conditional Use Permit Agenda  Minutes   
11-04-2015 Conditional Use Permit Agenda Minutes Decision
05-13-2015 Shoreline Substantial Development Conditional Use Permit Agenda Minutes  Decision 
10-22-2014 Conditional Use Permit Agenda Minutes  Decision 
09-24-2014  Shoreline Substantial Development Conditional Use Permit Agenda  Minutes  Decision 

Conditional Use Permit & 2 Reasonable Use Exceptions

Agenda  Minutes - 1st

Minutes -2nd
07-23-2014  Preliminary Long Plat & Preliminary Planned Unit Development  Agenda  Minutes  Decision
07-23-2014 Appeal of a Notice of Violation  Agenda  Minutes Decision

Past Hearing Examiner Decisions

For your convenience, records from the past year are available on the City's website. For meeting records from prior years, search the Tumwater Records Center


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