Community Development

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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 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 $94 are credited to a permit application if the customer applies within one year from the date of the meeting.

Walk-in Hours 
Monday through Thursday 10:30am-noon.
All walk-in meetings as well as appointments will be charged a minimum $50 for 30 minutes or $100 for 1 hour. Jefferson County Environmental Public Health offers Sanitarian walk-in hours prior to DCD (Monday -Friday 9:00-10:30am, adjacent to DCD).

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.

What is it like to live here?

Watch this video to see beautiful scenery and example properties here in the county. Residents explain how community teamwork, better planning and design help overcome common development challenges such as stormwater, shoreline erosion, flooding, and habitat restoration. 

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.