Community Development

Important Update:

Department of Community Development will be closed to the public from September 13th to September 17th. 

The drop-box located outside our office will be available to drop off permit applications. DCD will invoice you after reviewing your application.


Jefferson County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) is your "one-stop shop" for all building, code enforcement, and land use (development review) concerns and long range planning.

How May We Help You?

DCD has recently been working on some upgrades to our website in order to improve our customer-centric approach to permitting. Please visit our "What's New!" webpage for the latest updates.

Staff Consultation and Self-Service

DCD offers a suite of options to answer questions and help plan development (See FAQ’s and/or Customer Assistance Self-Service Guide):

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Staff-Consultation Meeting by Appointment. This is our new Customer Assistance Meeting (CAM). Schedule an appointment or request an email to discuss more in-depth questions and projects. Examples include how critical area and shoreline regulations affect projects. Fees start at $50 for a 15-30 minute appointment.* 48 hour minimum advance scheduling is required. Customer Service fees up to $97 are credited to a permit application if the customer applies within one year from the date of the meeting.

Building Permit Intake Meeting. DCD will no longer accept applications by drop-off or mail. You must schedule an appointment with front staff to submit. If your are interested in making an appointment for submitting your permit, please grab your parcel number, then click the button above to choose a desired appointment.

Self-service. Many tools, such as those listed below, are available to research property online. The DCD office also has a computer available during business hours for public research.

These are the most frequently used tools for researching a property:

  • Maps & GIS: This is the page that let’s you access our mapping software. It allows you to look at your property from an aerial point of view and then "drill down" to more specific information, like deed and sales information on the Assessor’s website. Need a place to start? The Land Records Mapping Application is your best bet.
  • Laserfiche: This is our archival records management software. Files we place in there are intended for public viewing and archiving. It’s full of all sorts of good stuff. We keep the link to Laserfiche on our Public Documents page.
  • Permit Database Search Tool: Have questions about what permits have been issued for the property you are researching? This is the place to start.

    Click HERE to view our most frequently asked questions.


The current effective date of the 2018 building code is February 1, 2021. Any building plans received through April 30, 2021 will be accepted by Jefferson County under both the 2015 or 2018 Building Codes. This includes International Codes, Washington State amendments, and Washington State energy and plumbing codes. To see how the codes have changed visit:

2018 International Residential Code
2015 International Residential Code
2018 Washington State Energy Code

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.