Hearing Examiner

The Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner hears permits, reviews and appeals related to land-use, health, public works and other decision-making matters as set forth in Cowlitz County Code (CCC) Chapter 2.05. The hearings examiner will be an attorney with extensive backgrounds in administrative law and policy. His or her role is not to create policy or change rules, but rather to ensure that policy and rules have been applied correctly.

Hearings Examiner Process

Specific rules and procedures in hearings before the Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner can be found in the Rules of Procedure adopted by the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner.

Hearings Examiner Rules of Procedure (PDF)


Current Scheduled Hearing:

Please click on the Permit # to follow to Hearing Materials.




Recently Heard Cases:

**Once a project has received all approvals and the appeal period has passed (typically 20 days) - the project will be removed from this site.                                                          However,  application materials are still available for public review in our office.


SL22-1026 & SU2260.01 Shoreline Level II and Special Use Hearing June 16, 2022

Project Location: 1280 Westside Hwy.  Cowlitz River RV Park 

Staff Contact: Daniel Turner                  TurnerD@co.cowlitz.wa.us


22-1027 Shoreline Level II Hearing April 27, 2022 

Project Location: 486 Woodland Park Rd.  Bank Stabilization and Dock

Staff Contact: Peyton Murphy             MurphyP@co.cowlitz.wa.us


SU2260.02 Special Use Hearing May 11, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Project Location: 1411 Westside Hwy.  Dollar General 

Staff Contact: Jason Lugo                  LugoJ@co.cowlitz.wa.us