What are the rules regarding fences and gates?

Fences are exempt from building permits if they are under 7 feet high and not on shoreline (or in an area with critical areas). This information can be found on the 2nd page of Brochure #30: Single Family Residence: https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/627/Single-Family-Residence-PDF?bidId=

Fences cannot be built within the County right-of-way. If the property line is close to a road, Public Works would most likely require the clear zone be met as we do for utility structures (poles, vaults, etc.).  For example, on a 25 mph road, the setback would be 10 feet from the edge of pavement.  Additionally, a fence cannot block site distance. Setback information can be found here: https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/618/Residential-Setbacks-PDF?bidId=

A fence, no matter what the material, is still a fence over seven feet. For example, a barbed wire fence in a pasture that is 5' high and all barbed wire and posts is still a fence. The intent of the code though is concerned with the fence over 7' high becoming a sail or just falling over and causing more damage than a 5' high fence made of the same material.

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1. How do I permit an addition to an existing house?
2. Do I need a permit for a small picnic pavilion on my property?
3. Who do I talk to about preliminary questions about building a home in Jefferson County?
4. I want to build a stand-alone building to house my tractor. Do I need a permit?
5. I'm wondering how I would go about finding information about the zoning and development potential of a property in Jefferson County.
6. Does Jefferson County requires a pre-pour inspection?
7. What do I need to do for a re-roof permit?
8. Where can I find a copy of the county code?
9. I am planning to install a fireplace insert. What forms do I need?
10. Do I need a permit to remodel a bathroom?
11. Is it the property owner or the contractor's responsibility to submit permits?
12. Does my ductless heat pump need to be installed above the flood plain?
13. What is the minimum height for a deck before it requires a rail?
14. Who do I call about installing road name signs?
15. How do I name a road?
16. What do I need to do to be able to do to demolish a building?
17. What do I need to submit if I only want to build a garage?
18. What are my permit fees? How do I get a fee estimate?
19. What are the rules regarding fences and gates?
20. What does it mean that me new address review has "triggered road naming?"