Community Development
Planning Commission
Countywide Planning Policy (CPP)
Comprehensive Plan
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Unified Development Code (UDC)
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  621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend,
WA 98368
  Phone: 360.379.4450
Fax: 360.379.4451

Monday - Thursday
9:00 to 4:30                     

closed 12:00 - 1:00 for lunch

Fridays, Weekends & Holidays:  Closed




Welcome to DCD




Comprehensive Plan and

Unified Development Code Updates


Jefferson County Department of Community Development

is in the process of updating land use regulations and comprehensive plan goals and policies.


Interested in learning more or providing your

 input about the Comp Plan?



Please visit these pages for information

on our progress:


Comprehensive Plan Update


Unified Development Code Update


Agricultural Critical Area Ordinance Update


Jefferson County Comp Plan


Food System Development - This page has information on proposed new sections to the Comprehensive Plan regarding Food System Security, Resiliency and Sustainability, as well as general information on Jefferson County's local food system with links to additional resources on food system development locally, regionally and world wide. 






The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100 year floodplain, which has a one percent change of flooding in any year. FEMA has released preliminary maps for flood areas along coastal, marine waters and freshwater rivers, streams and lakes of Jefferson County. These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and when adopted, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

For more information and to view the preliminary maps, please visit our FEMA page.




Follow the links below to access DCD web pages.  Topics are listed after the links as a content guide or try the DCD Quick Links at the left of this page:


About DCD - Where is the Office?; Mission & Vision; What We Do; Staff Directory; Contact DCD

Permitting - Permit System Evaluation; Building Permits / Inspections; Development Review Division; Permit Information & Application Forms; Permit Database Search & Map Tools

  • NOTE: Appointments are required for submitting permit applications. 

  • If you need a permit or have questions about permitting please call for an appointment.  This allows us to give you personalized time.  360-379-4450

Long-Range Planning - Comprehensive Plan; Subarea Plans; Unified Development Code, Comp Plan and Code Amendments; Planning Projects; Planning Commission (Meeting Agendas and Minutes); Growth management, Climate and Housing advisory committees

Code Enforcement - About Code Compliance

Complaint Form


Planning Commission - The Planning Commission provides a forum for public review of land use issues and proposals.  This appointed advisory body supports DCD and provides advisory recommendations to the BoCC. 


2017 Port Townsend Leader Home & Garden

Check it out, it's a great reference tool with building guidelines and contacts for both the County and the City.






Brinnon - Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort (MPR) - A proposal for new MPR zoning at Pleasant Harbor/Black Point was initiated. After zoning changes were completed in 2007, project-level planning continues for additional environmental analysis and for the adoption of development regulations as part of the Unified Development Code (UDC). 


Fred Hill Materials proposals in the Shine-Thorndyke area - The County established a 690-acre Mineral Resource Land (MRL) overlay in the Shine-Thorndyke area as part of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle. Applications were submitted in 2003 for mineral extraction in the Wahl area of the newly designated MRL and for a "Pit-to-Pier" proposal involving marine transportation of mineral resources from Shine Pit via Hood Canal.


Jefferson County Code 18.20.295 - Recreational marijuana/cannibis

DCD comments to WSLCB on Marijuana Producing, Processing and Retail Licenses



Customer Assistance Meeting (CAM)

Effective 1/1/2014


DCD's 'coaching service' is provided through customer assistance meetings for direct consultation with our planning and building staff.  This service was developed and previously subsidized by the EPA-funded Watershed Stewardship Resource Center grant over the last few years.  With the grant ending, we continue to provide 15 minutes of free coaching to customers then charge an hourly CAM Fee for more extensive discussions, project guidance, and additional research. 


To get started, submit your completed CAM Intake Form to us by mail, fax, or email or bring it with you during scheduled drop-in hours (first come, first served): 

  • Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Wednesday and Thursday 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Depending on staff availability and the information you seek, your question may be answered 'on the spot' or require advance payment and scheduling.


The paid CAM has a minimum fee of $100 for one hour, not including the first 15 minutes of staff time. Additional time over one hour is billed in 15 minute increments based on our hourly rate of $90. If a permit is applied for within one year, $100 is applied to the permit at intake. Upon submittal of a complete CAM Intake Form and up-front payment of the CAM Fee, an appointment will be scheduled for your CAM coaching session.  Many customers find that this up-front expense saves them time, money and headaches in the long run!


Why the Customer Assistance Meeting and Fee?




Public Documents -  In support of the federal FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and state law (RCW 42.56) all public documents are available.  To assist interested citizens some public documents are available online.  As of 3/1/10, DCD will be providing case related documents received by US mail via the Laserfiche WebLink.  Documents are sorted by date received.

In addition, the Prosecutor's Office often provides guidance on key issues by preparing non-confidential memos to interpret legal matters.

View these public records via the Laserfiche WebLink:

Laserfiche Viewing Instructions:

  1. Open the Laserfiche WebLink

  2. Click on "Permits"

  3. Click on "DCD CASE FILES"

NOTE:  New documents are added frequently - check back often to see new materials (Webpage date does not reflect public record date). 


Web Links - Links to other Agencies & Organizations



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