Who do I talk to about preliminary questions about building a home in Jefferson County?

Who do I talk to about preliminary questions as I begin to research the planning of a home to be built in Jefferson County?

DCD offers a suite of options to answer questions and help plan development:

  1. Staff-Consultation Meeting by Appointment. Book an appointment with staff 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. Twenty-four hour minimum advance booking is required.*
  2. Planning/Permit Path Study. Many customers under contract for property purchase ask DCD questions to determine feasibility for projects before settlement. This service provides customers with a written product summarizing permit path and feasibility. DCD provides a product within 14 calendar days. A $200 fee is required for two hours DCD review and product preparation.* Please note that certain projects may require a pre-application conference. DCD suggests customers who need water or septic feasibility information provide a conceptual site plan to obtain Jefferson County Environmental and Public Health comments (an additional hourly fee applies for this service).

    *Customer Service fees up to $94 may be credited to a project application if the customer applies within one year from the date of the meeting or customer service provided.
  3. Staff Consultation Walk-in Hours 
    Monday through Thursday 10:30am-noon.
    This is a free service DCD offers for basic questions such as "What is my zoning?" or "What forms do I need to apply for a building permit?" In depth questions will require an appointment in advance and a fee. See #2 for details. Customers seeking water or on-site septic system information should meet with Jefferson County Environmental Public Health prior to DCD (hours are Mon-Friday 9:00am-10:30am, located adjacent to DCD).


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1. How do I permit an addition to an existing house?
2. Do I need a permit for a small picnic pavilion on my property?
3. Who do I talk to about preliminary questions about building a home in Jefferson County?
4. I want to build a stand-alone building to house my tractor. Do I need a permit?
5. I'm wondering how I would go about finding information about the zoning and development potential of a property in Jefferson County.
6. Does Jefferson County requires a pre-pour inspection?
7. What do I need to do for a re-roof permit?
8. Where can I find a copy of the county code?
9. I am planning to install a fireplace insert. What forms do I need?
10. Do I need a permit to remodel a bathroom?
11. Is it the property owner or the contractor's responsibility to submit permits?
12. Does my ductless heat pump need to be installed above the flood plain?
13. What is the minimum height for a deck before it requires a rail?
14. Who do I call about installing road name signs?
15. How do I name a road?
16. What do I need to do to be able to do to demolish a building?
17. What do I need to submit if I only want to build a garage?