Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
ORIA was created within the Governor's Office in 2002 by the Washington State Legislature and was initially called the Office of Permit Assistance. In 2003, the Washington State Legislature changed the name to the Office of Regulatory Assistance and expanded its duties to include small business assistance and the full range of regulatory issues. In 2013, the office was renamed to include the word innovation to reflect a new pursuit of innovative solutions to regulatory improvements.
The Washington Governor's ORIA helps citizens and businesses understand and navigate Washington's environmental permitting and business licensing processes. The office will answer questions about local, state, and federal permits and regulatory requirements and research project-specific questions. Their goal is to guide complex projects needing multiple environmental permits through the permitting system and create unique road maps for projects of all sizes to allow them to understand their specific permit process.