Community Development


Jefferson County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) is your "one-stop shop" for all building, code enforcement, and land use (development review) concerns and long range planning.

How May We Help You?

DCD has made changes to its Web page to improve our customer-centered approach to permitting. Please visit our "What's New!" webpage for the latest updates.

Staff Consultation and Self-Service

DCD offers a suite of options to answer questions and help plan development (See FAQ’s and/or Customer Assistance Self-Service Guide):

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Staff-Consultation Meeting by Appointment. This is our new Customer Assistance Meeting (CAM). Schedule an appointment or request an email to discuss more in-depth questions and projects. Examples include how critical area and shoreline regulations affect projects. 48 hour minimum advance scheduling is required. All Customer Assistance Meetings in 2022 will be free. Customer Assistance Meetings are still scheduled through the DCD website and last 30 minutes per meeting.

Building Permit Intake Meeting. DCD will no longer accept applications by drop-off or mail. You must schedule an appointment with front staff to submit. If your are interested in making an appointment for submitting your permit, please grab your parcel number, then click the button above to choose a desired appointment.

Self-service. Many tools, such as those listed below, are available to research property online. The DCD office also has a computer available during business hours for public research.

These are the most frequently used tools for researching a property:

  • Maps & GIS: This is the page that let’s you access our mapping software. It allows you to look at your property from an aerial point of view and then "drill down" to more specific information, like deed and sales information on the Assessor’s website. Need a place to start? The Land Records Mapping Application is your best bet.
  • Laserfiche: This is our archival records management software. Files we place in there are intended for public viewing and archiving. It’s full of all sorts of good stuff. We keep the link to Laserfiche on our Public Documents page.
  • Permit Database Search Tool: Have questions about what permits have been issued for the property you are researching? This is the place to start.

    Click HERE to view our most frequently asked questions.

Moratorium: Ordinance No. 09-1210-21


On December 20, 2021, Ordinance No. 09 1210 21 amended  Ordinance No. 05 1004 21 Relating to Land Use and Building Regulations and Declaring an Emergency; Establishing a Moratorium on Acceptance and Processing of Applications that Require Recognition of Legal Lots of Record and Plats in Existence Prior to September 7, 1971 for the Purpose of Further Development.

The amendment approved more exemptions to the moratorium.

If your property is not located in a pre-1971 plat, you are not affected by the moratorium.
If your property is located in a pre-1971 plat, you may be affected by the moratorium. Check the ordinance for exceptions.
Here is how you can check your property:

Can I submit an application?

How do I identify if my property is in a plat?
Pre-1971 Plats
All Plats

December 20, 2021 Presentation and Update on the Lot of Record
Why enact this moratorium?


The current effective date of the 2018 building code is February 1, 2021. Any building plans received through April 30, 2021 will be accepted by Jefferson County under both the 2015 or 2018 Building Codes. This includes International Codes, Washington State amendments, and Washington State energy and plumbing codes. To see how the codes have changed visit:

2018 International Residential Code
2015 International Residential Code
2018 Washington State Energy Code

Port Townsend Leader Home & Garden

Check it out, it's a great reference tool with building guidelines and contacts for both the County and the City.