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  621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

  Phone: 360.379.4450
Fax: 360.379.4451

  Monday - Thursday
9:00 to 4:30

Fridays, Weekends & Holidays Closed


Page last updated: 10/22/2015

Appointments are now required for submitting permit applications.


To make an appointment, please call: 


This division of DCD reviews building permit applications and conducts inspections of building projects to ensure consistency with the adopted International Building Code (IBC) and the Jefferson County Unified Development Code (UDC).

DCD also accepts applications and fees for on-site sewage system (septic) approval.  The applications are reviewed by the Environmental Health Division of the County Department of Public Health.  For technical information regarding the review of on-site sewage system applications, contact Environmental Health at (360) 385-9444, 617 Sheridan St., Port Townsend WA  98368.

Building Permit / Inspection Staff 

  • David Goldsmith, Interim Bldg Official, 379-4450
  • Jim Coyne, Building Inspector, 379-4456
  • Mary Blain, Plans Examiner, 379-4461
  • Frank Hall, Building Inspector, 379-4490
  •    Part Time
  • Building Inspection Hotline, 379-4455

Permit Technicians and Support

Building Permit Information & Forms

Building permit applications undergo consistency review to ensure compliance with the UDC, Comprehensive Plan, and State and Federal laws.  Some building permits involve associated land use applications, such as a Conditional Use Permit, Variance, or Shoreline Substantial Development Permit.  The Permit Application form is the standard building permit application.  Supplemental information may be required depending on your project.  Refer to the list of forms linked to each building permit type below and check with a Permit Technician.

For information on the land use permit review process and types of land use permits, visit the Development Review Division page.  For land use permit fees, information sheets, and application forms, visit the Permit Information & Application Forms page.

*Fees are due at time of application. Consult with a Permit Technician for information on building permit fees.  A land use permit fee schedule summary is available on-line as noted above.

**Two sets of plans are required at time of application except for Propane Tank / Stove / Fireplace permits.  Building Plans do not need to be engineered but the structural calculations do need to have an engineers stamp.

Types of Building Permits

Click on the type of building permit to get a list of required application forms for that permit type.

Note: Individual cases may vary.  Please consult with a Permit Technician for assistance.

Single Family Residence
Addition / Remodel / Accessory Dwelling Unit
Garage / Carport (with or without plumbing)
Manufactured Home (plus Alterations)
Propane Tank / Stove / Fireplace
Commercial Structure
Change of Use

Complete list of Building Permit forms


To call in a building inspection, use the Jefferson County Building Inspection Hotline: 379-4455.  An inspection request may be left 24 hours a day.  Inspection requests must be received by 3:00 PM at the latest on the day before the inspection is needed. 

Please speak clearly and answer all six of these questions:

  • What is the owner's name?
  • What is the site address?
  • What is the building permit number             (e.g., BLD02-0001)?
  • For what type of inspection is the request?
  • For what preferred day is the request?
  • What is a phone number where the person making the request can be reached during the day?

If the request is for more than one inspection, please be sure to answer the questions completely for each separate request.

Building Project Valuations

These summaries are for permits issued, not for pending applications.

Monthly Totals & Summary
Building Type, Improvement Type & Summary



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