Community Development

About DCD

Countywide Planning Policy (CPP)
Comprehensive Plan
Unified Development Code (UDC)
Permit Information & Application Forms
Permit Database Search & Map Tools
  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


The Department of Community Development (DCD) is composed of three divisions: Building / Inspections, Development Review, and Long-Range Planning.  The three divisions work together to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Department.

Where is the office? - Accessible from Sims Way (SR 20) in Port Townsend, through the last set of doors on the right in the Castle Hill Mall at 621 Sheridan Street.

Mission Statement (2012)

To preserve and enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by promoting a vibrant economy, sound communities and a healthy environment.


What We Do

DCD drafts land use policy and regulations, shepherds proposals through the public process, and implements policies and regulations adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.  DCD reviews building and land use permit applications and coordinates regulatory responsibility with other County departments and State and Federal agencies.  DCD together with the Planning Commission forms the Planning Agency. Go to the Issue Links page for specific projects.

Duties - See Jefferson County Code (JCC) 18.05.040 for a list of Department of Community Development duties.

On-site sewage system (septic) approval - DCD also accepts applications and fees for on-site sewage system (septic) approval.  The applications are reviewed by the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Public Health.  For technical information regarding the review of on-site sewage system applications, contact Environmental Health at (360) 385-9444, 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend WA 98368.


Staff Directory

Permit Technicians and Support

Building Permits / Inspections - Building

Development Review Division - DRD

Long Range Division

Long-Range Planning - LRP


Contact DCD

General Comments/Questions - 

Development Review Division - If your comment or question pertains to a site-specific permit application and the permit review process

Long Range Planning Division - For matters related to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations

Planning Commission - To submit comments to the Planning Commission

Staff Contacts

Customer Feedback - We are continually trying to improve so please do not hesitate to give us your feedback:

Thank you!

Page last updated: 12/20/2016


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