The UDC groups land use permits required by the County into several different permit types for processing, almost all of which utilize the Permit Application (PDF)
. The purpose for requiring a permit to conduct a certain land use is to ensure that the proposed use is compatible with the policies of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and the regulations of the UDC. The Comprehensive Plan and the UDC are accessible from the website and available for review or purchase at the DCD Permit Center in Port Townsend. A list of the individual permits issued under the UDC is found below.
The Permit Application (PDF)
is required for all permits issued under the UDC, except for Evaluations of Existing Onsite Sewage Systems (EES) that are only for the sale or transfer of property.
Types of Permits
Type I Permit
This is an administrative permit (i.e., approved or denied by the UDC Administrator within DCD). If the proposal is categorically exempt under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), there is no public notice of the permit application. However, if a Type I permit is not categorically exempt under SEPA, then notice of the application is required and written comments regarding the proposed project from agencies and the public are accepted and considered. In all cases, there is no public hearing required on the application. Proposals that include elements within the jurisdiction of other agencies, such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are forwarded to those agencies for a minimum 14-day comment period.
Type II Permit
This is an administrative permit (i.e., approved or denied by the UDC Administrator within DCD). Public notice of the application is required and written comments regarding the proposed project are accepted and considered. There is no public hearing required on these types of applications, except for "C(d)" uses, which may require a public hearing and final decision by the Hearing Examiner, if deemed necessary by the Administrator, or if the Administrator's final decision on a project application is appealed, in which case a public hearing is held and the final decision is made by the Hearing Examiner.
Type III Permit
This type of permit application is discretionary in nature and requires public notice and a public hearing before the Jefferson County Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner makes the final permit decision (except for certain types of shoreline permits), unless appealed. If the project decision is appealed, then a closed-record hearing is held and final decision is made by the Appellate Hearing Examiner.
Type IV Permit
This type of permit application is ministerial in nature and does not require public notice or a public hearing (i.e., final plats). The final decision is made by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting.
Type V Permit
This type of permit application is legislative in nature. It involves review by the Jefferson County Planning Commission, which makes a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. Public notice and a public hearing are required before the Planning Commission. The final decision is made by the Board of County Commissioners.
For more information on Type V Permits or legislative actions, visit the Long-Range Planning
List of County Land Use Permits by Permit Type With Code Reference
Note: The UDC is codified as Title 18 of the Jefferson County Code (JCC). All previous UDC references (e.g., Section 2 Definitions) are no longer in use.