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Development regulations to protect critical areas are found in
of the Jefferson County Code (
Land Use Districts, Article VI Overlay Districts: Articles VI-D through VI-J.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas District (ESA)
Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
Frequently Flooded Areas
Geologically Hazardous Areas
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Areas
There is some overlap between designated critical areas and areas within shoreline jurisdiction, subject to the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program.
If you are interested in asking about or applying for a permit for a development proposal, visit the Permit Information & Application Forms page and contact the
Development Review Division
Mapped Critical Areas on the Web
Individuals using the
County Internet Map Server (IMS)
function can now access critical areas information. Instructions are provided under "What's New?" and "Help."
Background: Growth Management Act
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