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On June 18th, 2014 the Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners an updated sign code. 

This sign code draft can be found here:

Jefferson County Sign Code Update


In 2012 DCD initiated a revision of the Sign Code as a follow-up to the previous work.  The current proposal, referred to as MLA12-226, is to revise the sign codes for both JCC 18.30.150 & 18.18.100 (Port Hadlock UGA code) to conform to be constitutionally sound and defensible under Federal and State requirements; and to clearly define and describe when a permit is required.  Staff Report and proposed revised text can be view below:


Prior background work:

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the UDC Amendment proposal on Jefferson County Code 18.30.150, development standards for Signs, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at its regularly scheduled meeting at the WSU Extension office, Shold Business Park, 201 West Patison in Port Hadlock. 

Staff reported to the BoCC the Planning Agency recommendations on signs on Tuesday, May 27, 2008.  Because the Planning Commission and staff recommendations differ, the BoCC held a public hearing on the development standards for signs on Monday, June 16, 2008. 

The BoCC voted to remand the sign code back to staff and the Planning Commission for additional work. Please click on the links below for the agenda request, Planning Commission recommendations, staff report and recommendation, and for the accompanying attachments. 


In October of 2006, the Clallam County Superior Court issued an injunction preventing Jefferson County from enforcing section 18.30.150(2)(f) of the Jefferson County Code which states, "Personal signs on private property displaying personal messages such  as "yard sale" or "no trespassing" or political signs not to exceed eight square feet."  As such, DCD will not enforce the eight square foot limit for signs in JCC 18.30.150(2)(f).  Staff is currently seeking the assistance of a consultant to revise the Sign code under JCC 18.30.150. 

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