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Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and gases, including carbon monoxide. These particles can get into your eyes and lungs where they can cause health problems. Main sources of outdoor smoke in Washington:
Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. People most likely to have health problems from breathing smoke include:
Contact your health care provider if you have heart or lung problems when around smoke. Dial 911 for emergency assistance if symptoms are serious.
If you cannot leave the smoky area or find other ways to reduce your exposure, certain types of face masks can provide some protection. Respirator masks labeled N95 or N100 filter out fine particles but not hazardous gases (such as carbon monoxide). These masks can be found at many hardware and home repair stores and pharmacies. Face masks will not work for everyone.
Some room air cleaners can reduce indoor air pollution if they have the proper filter. The most effective air cleaners have a HEPA filter which removes the fine particulates from smoke. HEPA filters with charcoal will remove or reduce chemicals in the air, but not carbon monoxide. Air filtration units should be located in the room where you spend most of your time.
For more information, see California's air cleaning devices for the home (PDF).
Avoid outdoor exercise when air quality is in the “Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy, or Hazardous” categories. If you are sensitive to smoke, you should limit your outdoor activities when air quality is in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category. People with asthma and lung and heart conditions may be very sensitive to poor air quality and may start to have symptoms when air quality is in the “Moderate” category.
Check outdoor air quality to see the category for your area on the Washington Air Quality Advisory Map.
Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows and vents closed. Most vehicles can re-circulate the inside air which will help keep particle levels lower.
Debit/Credit cards are only accepted until 4:00pm each day.
Setbacks are the minimum distance (measured in feet) from a building to the front, side and rear property lines or any other lot line to the nearest structure placed on the property, excluding eaves of less than 24 inches. Jefferson County’s minimum rear and side setbacks are 5 feet. Generally, Jefferson County’s setbacks are:
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All parcels in the county are zoned for specific uses. There are 2 ways to view the zoning for the parcel you are interested in:
Please refer to section 18.15.040 of the UDC (Unified Development Code) for the County for the definitions of the each of the zoning designations.
The County allows parcels zoned Rural Residential 1:5 (RR 1:5), Rural Residential 1:10 (RR 1:10),an Rural Residential 1:20 (RR 1:20) to have:
You can learn more about specific land uses by reviewing the chart in our Unified Development Code (UDC) in section 18.15.040.
If you are planning on purchasing any land and/or a home in Jefferson County, we highly recommend that you speak with a Land Use Planner (using the CAM process), especially if the parcel is on shoreline or on or near any critical areas.
Permits for any parcel can be found by visiting our Permit Database Search Tool. Once there, you can type in the parcel number or address to research all permits applied for and/or issued for a property.
Building a tiny home as a residence is the same as a “regular” home (see brochure). The home needs to be sited outside any critical area buffers like streams and geohazardous areas (like landslide-prone areas). You would also need to hook it up to a septic system and have potable water. Check with Environmental Health on septic and water requirements at (360) 385-9444. If you have questions about the construction of the home, contact our Building Plans Examiner at (360) 379-4461.
Here’s a link to Labor and Industries regarding tiny homes: https://lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/manufacturedmobile-homes-other-mobile-structures/tiny-homes.
Canvas yurts can be permitted as a temporary living structure, such as seasonal camping, but may not contain a heating element or plumbing and have size restrictions. In order for a yurt to meet code and be allowed, it must be less than 500 sq feet, unheated and unplumbed and only used for temporary use, such as camping. Yurts, built using a standard canvas exterior over a wooden frame, are not able to meet energy code for heat retention and do not meet the requirements for fire, life and safety and therefore are not permissible as a residence. With these guidelines, a yurt can be permitted along with the platform or decking it will be built upon.
Hard-sided yurts are permitted so long as they meet energy code. Pre-engineered kits are available from online resources.
Please refer to Chapter 31 in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding Special Construction for more information.
An addition to an existing house (like an additional bedroom) would require the following:
If you follow the checklist you should have everything that you will need. If you have potable water on the property already, you will not have to prove potable water again, however if there is a septic on the property and you are adding another bedroom, a septic review is required. We call septic reviews "O&M"s (Operations and Maintenance inspections); depending on the type of system you have you either do this inspection once a year or once every three years.
For your floor plan we would like to have a before-and-after. Your building plans should only show the new work that is being done.
Lastly, if your property is located within shoreline or critical areas we recommend that you meet with one of our land use planners first to verify that you will not need some type of land use permit. You can walk in and meet with a Planner Monday-Thursday 10:30-12:00; additionally, Planners are available for scheduled appointments Tuesday-Thursday 1:30-4:30. The charge is $50 for every 30 minutes. Book time with a Planner here: https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/facilities/facility/details/dcdstaffconsultations-3.
Do I need a permit for a small picnic pavilion on my property? I plan to have no water and no power going to it; just a roof for a picnic table.
Yes you would need a permit. Your project will be considered a "Pole Building." Here are the forms you will need to submit:
If this project will be in the City of Port Townsend then you will need to contact them at 360-379-5095. If your project will be within the county you will need the following:
If there is a septic on the property you will need to get a septic review from Environmental Health. We call septic reviews "O&M"s (Operations and Maintenance inspections); depending on the type of system you have you either do this inspection once a year or once every three years. If there is not a septic on the property then you will not need that review.
Who do I talk to about preliminary questions as I begin to research the planning of a home or other structure to be built in Jefferson County?
DCD offers a suite of options to answer questions and help plan development. Fees start at $50 for a 30 minute appointment. Customer Service fees up to $94 may be credited to a project application if the customer applies within one year from the date of the meeting or customer service provided.
Do I need a permit for a building a want to put on my property for my tractor? It will have no door, no windows, no heat, no water and no power going to it.
Yes you would need a permit. Here are the forms you will need to submit:
Additionally, if you don't have an address on the site, you will need to apply for one.
Yes, we require setbacks and any foundation rebar to be inspected prior to pouring concrete. Also, you must wait until the permit has been approved and issued before beginning any work.
As long as there is no change to the type or pitch of the roof and the trusses are not being touched, re-roof permits are over-the-counter. Otherwise, you will want to speak with our Permit Tech about your project.
For over-the-counter permits, bring your Re-Roof Permit and be prepared to pay the re-roof permit fee of $229.43.
You can find our code in several places on our website:
Fireplace insert permits fall under the category of Mechanical Permits. Fireplace insert permits are issued over-the-counter. You only need to submit one form, the Mechanical Permit Application and a site map.
If you are installing new lines you will need to include the fee for adding the lines. More clearly stated:
These fees are listed on the second page of the permit application.
When you come in to submit the permit, bring with you a completed Mechanical Permit Application and site map and be prepared to pay the fees appropriate to your situation.
You only need to submit a Building Permit Application if you are moving walls, changing or tapping into existing plumbing or need the modification to be noted for banking (selling, purchasing, etc.) or other legal purposes. For example, if you would like to apply for a building permit for converting a non-handicapped bathroom to a handicapped-accessible bathroom, you will need the submit a Building Permit, Supplemental Building Permit and floor plan. The fees are listed on the 2nd page of the Supplemental Building Permit and you will be charged a building base, scanning fee, state fee and technology fee.
The homeowner is responsible to submit all permits, but contractors often include it as a convenience for their clients. Check with your contractor to see if they plan to submit for you or not.
Yes, electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air-conditioning equipment and other service facilities need to be installed above the flood plain. Pursuant to UDC 15.15.080 Provisions for flood hazard reduction section (1)(b)(iii), "electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air-conditioning equipment and other service facilities shall be designed and/or otherwise elevated or located so as to prevent water from entering or accumulating within the components during conditions of flooding. Locating such equipment below the base flood elevation may cause annual flood insurance premiums to be increased."
The minimum height for a deck before it requires a rail is 30 inches.
For installing road name signs, call Public Works' shop at (360) 385-0890. For all other sign questions please complete a CAM request form and send to DCD.
If you have property off of a named road, you may optionally name it at any time. You MUST name your road if your road extends more than 1,000 feet from a named road and/or if the road has four or more assigned emergency locator numbers on it.
The forms below will assist you in the road naming process:
Please contact the Department of Community Development for a list of current road names in use.
The cost to the petitioner to name a road is $391. If there are emergency locator number already assigned to adjoining parcel owners that will be serviced by the road, there will be no additional cost to have their address changed to the new road name. If there are adjoining parcel owners that are not currently assigned an emergency locator number and they would like one, the cost is $100 for each emergency locator number assigned (new addresses are typically $276).
If you would like to demolish a building, you will need to submit a Demolition Form to both Community Development and Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency (ORCAA).
If you choose to demo, please complete the following steps:
The documents required to build a garage are the same as a regular building permit, but we only need the items that apply to your project. Here are the exact forms and documents required for a complete submittal of a Garage Permit Application:
Forms and documents required for a complete submittal of a Garage Permit Application:
If you are going to put plumbing in the garage then you will need to comply with Environmental Health’s requirements with septic/sewage.
Once you are ready to submit give us a call to schedule an appointment with our Permit Technician.
For an estimate of permit fees send an email to email@example.com stating the square footage, estimated cost of the project, and the project description.
Most permits have the fees listed on the back of the application. If your application does not list the fees, or if you need an estimate for new building application we can provide you with an estimate of those fees.
Please email the project info listed below to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! Birth control and women’s health is our specialty and we are happy to provide complete information about all types of birth control. You can choose to just discuss information, or you can start a method right away.
No. We start women on birth control right away. We also evaluate the need for recommended testing and exams and will discuss this with you.
Usually not. Recommendations have recently changed, and if your last few pap smears were normal, your next pap smear will be due 3 years later. We still recommend yearly annual exams, to check blood pressure, health needs and STD screening but pelvic exam may not be needed each year.
We welcome people of all genders at all of our clinics.
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Send completed employment application form to the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners by 4:30 pm of the listed announcement closing date. Applicants are always highly encouraged to submit a resume with their application.
If appointed you will be given the business card of your attorneys office and advised to contact them ASAP. They will not contact you.
A family or household member is defined as: - Spouse, former spouse, persons who have a child in common - Adult persons related by blood or marriage - Adult persons who presently (or in the past) reside(d) together - Persons 16 years and older who have or had a dating relationship - Persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship
This order, which is issued by a judge, prohibits the person charged with a crime from contacting the victim of crime by phone, letter, or through third party, including messages through friends and relatives. Any violation is a gross misdemeanor and often arrest is mandatory.
The order for protection generally is granted for one year. However, it can be issued for longer than 1 year under certain circumstances. A victim may request that an order be renewed before it expires. At any time prior to the expiration date, the petitioner may make a request to the court to modify or terminate the order.
The order prohibits contact by the respondent, restrains the respondent from committing further acts of violence, excludes the respondent from the petitioner's residence, school, or workplace, etc. The respondent may be arrested or issued a citation for violation of this order.
If the order is violated, the respondent may be arrested and/or charged with a gross misdemeanor. There can also be contempt charges.
A person arrested for a domestic violence offense will usually be held in jail until he/she appears before a judge, usually the following day. The Court may require a defendant charged with domestic violence to sign a No Contact Order as a condition for release from jail prior to trial.
You cannot serve on a jury if you have been convicted of a felony and your civil rights have not been restored. If you are in doubt about your eligibility for jury service, you may contact the Jury Manager:Jefferson County District CourtP.O. Box 1220Port Townsend, WA 98368Phone: 360-385-9131
Prior to your term starting, please inform the Jury Manager if you have a physical or mental infirmity which prevents you from serving. You will likely be instructed to have your medical provider send written notice to the court for either a temporary or permanent excusal.
Jury ManagerJefferson County District CourtP.O. Box 1220Port Townsend, WA 98368
Always call the Jury Information Line at (360) 385-9131 after 4:00 pm on the business day before the trial is scheduled to begin to confirm whether or not to appear.
A small claims case may be filed in Jefferson County if that is the defendant's residence, or in the case of a traffic accident, or an unlawfully issued check, if the accident occurred or the check was issued in Jefferson County. The State of Washington may not be sued in Small Claims Court. A Notice of Small Claim form is provided by the Court. The clerk will assist with this procedure, but the clerk is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. At the time of filing, the plaintiff must pay a filing fee of $50 in Jefferson County. The plaintiff is then given an appearance date and a copy of the claim form to be served upon the defendant. It is the responsibility of the plaintiff to accurately identify the defendant (either as an individual, a corporation, or as an individual or a corporation doing business under another name), provide a proper address (for the defendant) and, if possible, provide the defendant’s telephone number.
You may file your small claim action in the Jefferson County District Court if the corporation does business in Jefferson County, the corporate office is located in Jefferson County, or the Registered Agent is located in Jefferson County. (RCW 4.66.040(6)). When completing the Notice of Small Claim form you should list the corporation name and the office address or the name and address of the Registered Agent.
Service on a corporation is obtained by serving the Registered Agent, Corporate President, Secretary, Treasurer, Managing Agent, or the Secretary or Office Assistant of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Managing Agent. (RCW 23A.08.110; 23A.32.200; 4.28.080(9)).
You may file your small claim against a partnership or sole proprietorship in Jefferson County District Court, if one of the partners or sole proprietor resides in Jefferson County, or if the business is located in Jefferson County.
If agreement is reached the parties will sign an agreement which will be entered into the record. Parties will receive a copy of the agreement. No judgment will be entered. If the agreement is breached, the non-breaching party may return to the Court for judgment after filing a motion and affidavit setting forth the failure to comply with the terms of the agreement. A copy of this motion and affidavit MUST be served on the other party and proof of that service presented to the Court prior to the Court entering a judgment.
If the plaintiff fails to appear at first appearance, a dismissal will be entered. In cases where the defendant has filed a written counterclaim against the plaintiff and proof of service is presented, the defendant may be allowed judgment against the plaintiff on the counterclaim. If the defendant fails to appear and proof of service is presented, and if the plaintiff’s testimony supports the claim, the plaintiff will be granted a default judgment against the defendant up to the amount set forth in the Notice of Small Claim form and for costs of filing and service. If neither party appears the case will be dismissed without prejudice.
Be polite, not just to the judge, but also to your opponent. Do not interrupt. Whatever happens, keep your temper. Good manners and an even temper help the fair, efficient conduct of the trial and make a good impression.
Other fees may be required by the Superior Court Clerk or County Auditor. When this is done, it places a lien against all real estate in the name of the judgment debtor that is located in the county. When the judgment has been paid in full you must send written notice to the District Court that the judgment has been satisfied.
To be eligible you must meet the following conditions:You must have a valid license.You have not received a deferral in the past 7 years, from any court in the State of Washington, moving or non-moving. You do not possess a commercial driver's license.Your infraction is not one of the following: Speeding 25 mph over the limit or more, Speeding in a School Zone or Speeding in a Construction Zone.
The only other way to keep a traffic citation off of your record is if it is dismissed in by a Judge at a hearing (either in-person or written).
*If you are unable to pay in full at the time your Deferral is granted please contact the court staff for a payment plan at (360) 385-9135 or come in person to the District Court office.
If you receive an infraction for failure to display proof of liability insurance and you were insured at the time of the infraction, you may file proof of your insurance with the court along with a $25 administrative fee, and the infraction will then be dismissed and not go on your driving record. If you have had multiple past insurance infractions, please check with the clerks office to determine the amount of your administrative fee. If you obtained insurance after you were issued the infraction, you may request a mitigation hearing to explain the circumstances and show your insurance proof to the judge. The judge generally reduces the penalty substantially. However, you must respond as described above within the 15 days required by your notice of infraction.
Send completed employment application form to the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners by 4:30 pm of the listed announcement closing date. Applicants are always highly encouraged to submit a resume with their application.
Check here for current job openings.
Find out if you are eligible and how to apply, and make an appointment
Nurse-Family Partnership is free for women who are pregnant and have not parented before. When you enroll you will be connected to a registered nurse who will provide the support, advice, and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and be a great mom. Learn more here.
Our public health staff has expertise in family and health issues. We are committed to supporting you in being the best parent that you can be so that all our Jefferson children get off to a good start, thriving in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. We offer support and education to pregnant women and parents of young children who are income-eligible.
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Food items include fresh fruit/veggies, whole grain items such as bread or brown rice, beans/lentils, peanut butter, cheese, milk, eggs and juice. Eligible items change from pregnancy to after baby is born and as baby grows. See an overview of WIC foods. Learn more about the Jefferson County Public Health sponsored WIC program here.
WIC (Women Infants & Children) is a supplemental food program for income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children under age 5. WIC offers food vouchers, nutrition education, and health checkup screenings. Click here to learn more.
YES! The Public Health Department offers a number of options to help breastfeeding families get support and find their success:
Check out the links below to learn how you can access additional fresh fruit and veggies on a limited budget or alongside your WIC vouchers.
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We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Lifeline website.
The GAL's role is to represent the best interests of the child. This may not always be the same as what the child wants. Volunteer GALs must be able to talk to everyone involved in a case and remain objective in their recommendations. While there will be ongoing contact with a child, the GAL's role is not to become a mentor, but to be an advocate for what they believe is in the child's best interest for finding a permanent home.
We accept cash, a check from the registered owner or debit/credit cards for an additional convenience fee and are accepted until 4:00pm.
Debit/Credit cards are only accepted at the vehicle/vessel licensing counter until 4:00pm. A convenience fee applies.
Registered owners may authorize a representative to purchase vehicle or vessel registration by (1) power of attorney or (2) with written permission such as a note containing the following: the name and signature of the registered owner and the vehicle/vessel plate or registration number. Payment must be made with cash, debit/credit, or a check from the registered owner.
No. Drivers Licensing is located at 2300 S. Park Ave. Port Townsend. Their phone number is(360) 385-0378. You can get more information at www.dol.wa.gov
The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010, judges of tribal courts from a federally recognized tribe, and any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization. The solemnization of a marriage by a tribal court judge pursuant to authority under this section does not create tribal court jurisdiction and does not affect state court authority as otherwise provided by law to enter a judgment for purposes of any dissolution, legal separation, or other proceedings related to the marriage that is binding on the parties and entitled to full faith and credit.
The fee for a certified copy of your marriage certificate is $3.00 per copy. You can obtain the copy in person or by mail.
Each landowner is responsible for the noxious weed species outlined in the County weed list of 2016. The weeds on that list are classified as either Class A, B, or C which is indicated either behind the common names or in the list titles. Class A weeds are the highest priority and are required for eradication meaning you have to remove all plant matter immediately. Class B weeds are required for control meaning you have to prevent it from reproducing (which is most effectively done through eradication). Class C weeds are not recommended for control but not required.
If you are concerned about weeds on another property, please feel free to contact us and let us know. We can contact landowners and help them with management strategies and inform them of the legal issues.
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The UPS Store and Mail Plus both offer passport photo services.
If you are eligible to use form DS-82 (Passport Renewal Form), you must submit through the mail.
Yes. The applicant must always be present.
Passport applications require two (2) forms of payment. 1. Must be Check or Money Order payable to Department of State. 2. Cash, Credit Card (a convenience fee applies) or Check made payable to Jefferson County Auditor.
No. The birth certificate must be certified and be issued by the state you were born in.
You can, but it must meet the passport photo requirements. For these requirements, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos.html
The State of Washington adopted the Growth Management Act (GMA) in 1990. The Growth Management Act (GMA) is a series of state statutes that requires cities and counties to develop a comprehensive plan to manage their population growth. It is codified under Chapter 36.70A RCW and Chapter 365-196 WAC. Under GMA, septic systems are not considered to be an urban service. Urban services, including municipal sewers, are required in order to have the type of development typically associated with urban areas. Jefferson County designated the Port Hadlock/Irondale area as an Urban Growth Area (UGA) because it was an area already “characterized by urban growth” (36.70A.110(1)).
The County adopted land uses and zoning that would allow additional urban development densities and intensities when public sewer connections are available. The urban zoning permitted under GMA when all urban services are available is contained in the Jefferson County Code (JCC) and allows for greater development density and more intensive land use. In the transition period until sewer connections are available, achievable densities are largely limited by the minimum space requirements needed to meet the on-site septic code, typically a 12,500 square foot lot. A sewer also takes up less property area than a septic tank, drain field, and reserve drain field, allowing development and redevelopment at urban densities.
The Table below has web links to land use and zoning maps, and JCC land use tables for both the current (without sewer) scenario and future (with sewer) scenario. By comparing the before and after condition, it is possible to see how a sewer would create more land use potential and land value in the Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area.
By referring to the maps and code sections in the table above, one can see from the Transitional Rural Zoning map that without sewer availability, much of Port Hadlock is covered by an interim zoning of Rural Residential RR-5. By way of example, RR-5 means that a 5-acre parcel could not be subdivided, and only one house and one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be constructed on it. All land is subject to meeting separate septic regulations, so even smaller lots of record (lots that were subdivided prior to GMA) would typically need to be at least 12,500 square feet or a consolidation of a number of smaller lots to meet the minimum size requirement in order to be developed. This also means that in a best-case scenario, the current zoning would support 3 houses per acre if the property had been subdivided into minimum sized lots of 12,500 square feet prior to GMA. Alternatively, once a sanitary sewer is constructed, Port Hadlock has residential zoning of Low Density Residential (LDR 4-6 dwelling units per acre), Moderate Density Residential (MDR 7 to 12 units per acre) or High Density Residential (HDR 13 to 18 units per acre), making multifamily and apartment units possible in the MDR and HDR zones.
Without sewer, Port Hadlock’s commercial core has a Transitional Rural Zone of Rural Village Center (RVC). The commercial zone along SR 19 has a Transitional Rural Zone of General Crossroads. This allows for some small-scale commercial use but there are limitations on building size, height, and lot coverage. For example, under RVC zoning the maximum building size is 20,000 square feet and maximum building height is 35 feet. Alternatively, under Urban Commercial zoning with sewer, building size is dictated by site conditions with no specified maximum building size, and building height can be up to 70 feet to allow for and accommodate increased densities. There is also some Urban Light Industrial zoning in part of the UGA once a sewer is available.
Most of the buildings and businesses in Port Hadlock were developed prior to GMA and are primarily served by private septic systems. Although there is no “bright line” established in GMA regarding what residential densities are urban and what is rural, decisions from Growth Management Hearings Board cases in Jefferson County have accepted at least four (4) dwelling units per acre to be considered an urban density. A significant amount of the current development pattern in Port Hadlock had been planned around meeting the 12,500 square foot minimum parcel size for septic systems, and would not have been allowed under current GMA regulations. The existing uses are “grandfathered”, meaning that as long as no significant changes are proposed, the current uses can continue. Until a sanitary sewer facility is available, however, redevelopment of land to accommodate higher densities cannot occur.
In the meantime, property owners must inspect and maintain their septic systems in accordance with State and County law, and when these systems fail they must be replaced with a new septic system meeting the most current on-site septic waste treatment standards. The requirements related to septic system installation continue to become more stringent. In some cases when faced with replacing a failing septic system, property owners have had difficulty applying a conventional system under current site conditions and requirements and have had to install more expensive alternative systems at a much higher cost. Eventually, most property owners in Port Hadlock will be faced with performing a significant overhaul or complete replacement of their septic systems unless a sanitary sewer facility is constructed. This has prompted significant interest by some property owners in the UGA for a sanitary sewer facility.
Jefferson County designated the Port Hadlock/Irondale area as an Urban Growth Area (UGA) under the requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) to allow future growth at urban densities and promote higher density housing and commercial land use. The boundaries of the UGA are shown on this map.
In 2008, the County completed a Sewer Facility Plan for the UGA and adopted this plan as part of the County’s overall Comprehensive Plan. The Sewer Facility Plan showed a phasing plam for sanitary sewer development starting with the Port Hadlock “Core Area.” This is the area of mostly commercial development along State Route 116 (Ness’s Corner Road) and Chimacum Road.
Due to the challenges and high cost of starting a brand-new sewer system throughout the entire UGA at once, the County has been focusing its efforts on planning sewer availability first in the Port Hadlock Core Area, while at the same time making sure any sewer system that is put in place can be progressively expanded to serve future implementation phases and ultimately serve the entire UGA.
Significant interest in sewer service has come from property owners within the Port Hadlock Core Area. In 2018 property owners within the Core Area submitted a petition from over 100 of the parcel owners indicating support for sewer service. In response to this petition, the County commissioned a sewer feasibility study to determine whether newer technology and a different approach could be used to bring down the cost of the sewer for the initial service area in Port Hadlock. Information about the study and its results are reported in the Port Hadlock Wastewater System Value Engineering Review (May 2019.)
This study showed that there could be considerable cost-savings over the original 2008 plan by using a small, modular treatment plant employing newly available technology and by installing a pressurized collection system (pipes in the road) instead of a traditional gravity collection system. The County is currently pursuing this option further with members of a Sewer Working Group from Port Hadlock and is updating the Sewer Facility Plan to reflect this current vision for sewer service.
The diagram below shows the primary sewer system components. Starting at the home/business, these elements are:
Figure 1 - Wastewater System Elements
With the pressurized sewer system currently envisioned, the on-site elements are the pipes, control panel, grinder pump, and curb box (valve) that take sewage from the home/business to sewer collection pipes located in the public right of way (street). There may be loan programs available to assist property owners with this element. These costs will vary significantly depending upon factors such as the type of home/business being served, the distance to the street, and the type of restoration required (i.e. lawn, landscaping, or pavement). The grinder pump pushes sewage down the pipes towards the wastewater treatment plant. The pumps do require care and maintenance. To ensure that pumps are installed and maintained properly, the Department of Ecology will require that this part of the system be maintained by the sewer utility company even though it is located on private property. "An Introduction to Pressure Sewers," by the Submersible Wastewater Pump Association (SWPA,) is a good source of information about pressure sewer systems.
Figure 2 - Typical On-Site Elements for a Residence or Small Business
The collection system consists of the pipes in the public streets that transport sewage to the sewage treatment plant. Current plans for Port Hadlock call for a low-pressure collection system which uses the grinder pumps at each home or business to push the wastewater through these lines to the sewer treatment plant. Because the lines are pressurized, they can run uphill and do not need to be buried more than 4 to 5 feet below the ground. There is more flexibility in the routing of pressurized sewer lines which can help avoid other existing utilities and deep manholes are not required. In some cases, pressurized collection lines can be installed using directional boring, a “trenchless” installation technique that requires very little excavation and disturbance. This installation method was used in Brinnon for the Dosewallips State Park sewer system, for example.
A pressurized sewer collection system can provide significant cost savings for initial installation compared to traditional “gravity” sewer lines which require deep excavations to make sure that sewage pipes flow downhill and use large lift stations to overcome hilly topography. When traditional gravity sewers are installed in streets and highways the installation and road restoration costs can be quite high. Pressurized sewer systems are often used for small sewer systems that have fewer users or in situations with hilly topography or high groundwater tables. Gravity sewers are more typical for larger municipal systems where over the long run the high initial installation cost can be offset by savings in maintenance and operations because grinder pumps are not needed at each home/business. The original plan for the Port Hadlock sewer called for a gravity collection system; however, because initial costs were so high and grants from the State and Federal government so hard to obtain, the County is now proposing to install a pressurized collection system to keep startup costs as low as possible in the initial sewer service area.
The wastewater treatment plant is where the collection system brings the sewage for treatment. After the sewage is processed, the resulting clean Class A wastewater is fed into an infiltration pond which will allow the water to recharge the aquifer in the Chimacum watershed. The sewer treatment process that has been approved by the Department of Ecology requires a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR). These MBR systems treat wastewater to very high standards required for infiltration on land since permitting a new sewer outfall into Puget Sound is virtually impossible. The current proposal is to use a pre-assembled modular MBR system that essentially arrives on a truck ready to go. There are other components that still have to be constructed along with the plant such as inlet screens and storage ponds; however, these modular systems have seen rapid technological advances in recent years that make them highly cost-effective and reliable. These units allow a sewer to start small and can be added onto as demand increases. This avoids the need to build a traditional sewer treatment plant that may have to be oversized initially to handle future demand. In nearby Port Gamble, one of these units was recently used with good results to replace their aging sewer plant that could no longer meet today’s water quality standards. An example of this system is shown below.
Figure 4 - Typical Pre-Assembled Modular MBR Treatment Plant
After passing through the MBR process, treated water is piped to a rapid rate infiltration pond where it quickly soaks into the ground. Thickened sludge at the treatment site is hauled off-site to a larger sewer treatment plant where it is eventually processed into compost such as at the City of Port Townsend.
The County has purchased all of the land needed for the treatment plant site and the wastewater infiltration area and performed extensive, multi-year hydro-geologic studies, which have resulted in the County receiving the required approvals for this site and process from the Department of Ecology. The property is located on both the north and south side of Lopeman Road in Port Hadlock.
Figure 5 - Conceptual Site Plan Showing Location of Treatment Plant and Infiltration Area on County Property
No. Reports are obtained through the affected law enforcement agency.
The Prosecuting Attorney does not investigate cases. We receive our cases directly from a law enforcement agency. If you want criminal charges to be filed, you must first contact the law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.
Jefferson County Sheriff
Port Townsend Police Department
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Washington State Patrol
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the public. If you have a matter that requires legal assistance, you may wish to contact Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County, Northwest Justice Project, Columbia Legal Services, Washington Legal Help, a county bar association or a lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute.
Jefferson County Fire Marshal
United States Coast Guard
Having a warrant out for your arrest is a serious problem that can result from a range of situations, from missed court dates to criminal offenses. Dealing with your arrest warrant is crucial to avoid accumulating fines and further complications. If you think that Jefferson County Superior Court or District Court has issued a warrant for your arrest, first contact your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for further information. Having the Jefferson County Cause Number or the Law Enforcement number available makes accessing those records easier.
You cannot “drop charges.” The Prosecuting Attorney files charges on behalf of the citizens of the State of Washington for crimes committed in Jefferson County. The decision to drop charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by a prosecutor with the approval of a judge. The decision whether to prosecute or not prosecute is ultimately up to the prosecutor assigned to the case.
If you are a victim of a crime and you do not wish to pursue the charges that have been filed, please contact the Victim-Witness Advocate. A victim's opinion is important, and the prosecutor will take those wishes into account when deciding regarding the case.
If you would like to discuss your case, you should speak with the prosecutor handling your matter by calling the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is no online mechanism in place for public access to prosecution records. You may contact our office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the status of your case. Having the Jefferson County Cause Number or the Law Enforcement number available makes finding those records easier.
That information is available through either the County Clerk's Office in the case of felony cases or with the District Court in the case of misdemeanors.
Our Child Support Service may be able to help. You may reach them at (360) 385-9180.
If the court ordered the defendant to pay restitution to you, but you are not receiving any money, it could be because the defendant is still incarcerated or there may be other reasons the defendant has not made restitution payments to the Court. The Clerk of the court, in which the case was filed, will send payment to you directly as monies are received. It is important to note, it is possible you may have to wait a considerable amount of time before receiving either full or partial restitution. If you are not receiving restitution you should contact either the District Court or County Court Clerk's Office to make sure your correct address is on record.
If you need a lawyer, please contact one of the following agencies or organizations:
Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County
Northwest Justice Project
Columbia Legal Services
Washington Legal Help
A county bar association
A lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the public.
The court locations are posted each Wednesday in the Courthouse elevator. Useful links are below:
Jefferson County Clerk
Jefferson County District Court
Jefferson County Superior Court
Washington State Courts
Washington State Courts Scheduled Proceedings
(lookup court dates)
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the general public. If you have a matter that requires legal assistance, you may wish to contact Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County, Northwest Justice Project, Columbia Legal Services, Washington Legal Help, a county bar association or a lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office has a website to help people become aware of known sex offenders in their neighborhood. You will need to enter your address, city, and zip code to access the information.
Sex Offender Search
There are several types of restraining orders available to residents of Washington State. The circumstances will dictate which order is most appropriate.
Not all convictions can be vacated. To see if you qualify, review the Revised Code of Washington, or contact a lawyer.
If after reviewing the Revised Code of Washington and/or consulting an attorney, you believe you are eligible, you can submit your request to our office, by mailing the required documentation listed below.
The Prosecutor's Office and the Court must have proof that you completed all the conditions in your judgment and sentence. This includes payment of all financial obligations.
To purchase copies of the court documents, you may contact the County Clerk's Office. You may also employ a service such as the Attorney's Information Bureau.
If you submit all the above documents to our office and are eligible for the order you are requesting, the Prosecuting Attorney will present the order to the appropriate court for approval. If the motion is granted, the Prosecuting Attorney will file the originals with the Court and mail you a copy. If the Court denies your request, you will also be notified by mail of that decision.
If you are inquiring about "sealing your case" or "expunging," please contact an attorney. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will return any motions that contain requests to seal or expunge. This language must be removed before your documents can be reviewed.
Keep a copy of all documents that you submit to our office.
Provide your current mailing address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) with your packet.
Send completed employment application form to the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, Attention: Director of Environmental Health and Water Quality, by 4:30 pm of the listed announcement closing date. Applicants are always highly encouraged to submit a resume with their application.
To exercise your rights under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), to ask for more information, or, to report a problem contact the HIPAA Compliance Officer.
HIPAA Compliance OfficerJefferson County Public Health615 Sheridan StreetPort Townsend, WA 98368
360.385.9400 Telephone360.385.9401 Fax
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a written complaint with the above individual or the Secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.
Review a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, effective October 2013.
The County Road Department picks up non-domestic animals, such as deer and coyote, that are on a county road or in the county right of way. Please contact the Road Maintenance Division at (360)385-0890 or to complete the online problem report click here.
For more information on this topic please see our Deceased Animals on County Road page.
If you would like to report a pothole on a County Road please call (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
For more information on this topic please see our Pothole Repair page.
To report a ditch or culvert concern please call the County Road Department at (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
For more information on this topic please see our Ditches & Culverts page.
To request any road maintenance please call the County Road Department at (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
For more information on this topic please see our Grading and Graveling page.
Mowing is usually completed in the spring and summer. Brush cutting is typically done in the fall and winter.
For more information on this topic please see our Vegetation Control page.
For more information on this topic please see our Street Sweeping page.
We can only provide a list of what roads will be chip sealed for the current year. To see a list of these roads please visit our Chip Seal Program page.
To report a road condition concern please call the County Road Department at (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
Please try to be patient. We will get to you as soon as possible, regardless of the size of the storm. To request any road maintenance please call the County Road Department at (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
If this is an after hours issue that needs to be immediately addressed, please report it to the Sheriff's Department at (360)344-9779 ext. 0.
To report a problem with a county road sign please call (360)385-0890 or complete the online problem report by clicking here.
For more information on this topic please see our Road Signs page.
To get on the wood chip list you need to fill out the Hold Harmless Agreement and return it to the Road Maintenance Office. It will then be reviewed by the office personnel and given to a road crew member to do a site inspection before getting added to the delivery list.
Being on the wood chip list does not guarantee you will get any wood chips at any given time.
Hold Harmless Agreement
For more information on this topic see our Adopt-a-County Road page or call the Road Maintenance Office at (360)385-0890.
Certified copies of your marriage certificate can be requested in person or through the mail. The current cost is $3.00 per certified copy. If purchasing through the mail, please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for its return. You can also request a copy through the Washington State Digital Archives.
No. We do not provide blank documents or forms. Most office supply or stationary stores carry legal forms.
The recording department records a variety of documents, including real estate documents, liens, community property agreements, power of attorney, military discharge papers and surveys.
You can request a copy of your deed from our office in person or by mail.
You can obtain a process server license by completing an application and paying a $10 annual fee. Licenses must be renewed yearly.
A staff person is available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Board of Health established this fee to fund the Septic Operation and Monitoring and Maintenance Program (O&M) in Jefferson County. The fee is applied for each septic system on a property. The O&M Program assures that septic systems are monitored and inspected in compliance with local and state code. Program activities include information and education for septic system owners; management of the website for eligible homeowners to become authorized to inspect their own septic system; follow-up when problems are identified during a professional or homeowner inspection; and information on low interest loans when septic system failure occurs. You can contact us at 360-385-9407 if you have further questions about the fee, or about your septic system.
Usually the person designing the septic system will complete the forms, get the property owner's signature and submit the proposal for review. The application for a permit can be picked up at the Jefferson County Environmental Public Health located at 617 Sheridan in Port Townsend, Washington or download the PDF: Septic Permit Application (PDF).
View the current Fee Schedule (PDF).
Please contact our office with current permit processing times.
A new permit is valid for 3 years. A repair permit is valid for 3 months to 1 year.
WIC (Women Infants & Children) is a supplemental food program sponsored by Jefferson County Public Health for income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children under age 5 that offers nutrition education and food vouchers. Learn more here.
Good news- WIC has openings for eligible pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under 5 years old. Get nutritious foods, information about feeding children, breastfeeding education and support and referrals to important services. Learn more here.
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