Public Works

COVID-19 operations updates

Public Works offices are closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to serve you by phone, email, mail, and drop box in our office entryway at 623 Sheridan Street in Port Townsend.

Public Works operations changes are listed below. We will update this page as more changes occur.

Parks & Recreation

Camping is still prohibited. “The only Phase 2 activity that will not be allowed in either county is overnight camping. Clallam County chose to hold off on opening that activity until the rest of the state is in Phase 2. Jefferson County will not open overnight camping until Clallam does”, Locke said. (Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke, Peninsula Daily News article, May 29, 2020)

Visit Jefferson County’s Phase 2 "Safe Start" Reopening Plan page for information on Phase 2 activities.

Day-use parks and trails are open, but park picnic shelters are closed and no reservations are being accepted. For Parks & Recreation information visit http://www.countyrec.com/info/default.aspx.

Solid Waste operations

The Transfer Station and Quilcene Dropbox are open to the public on their normal schedules. Expect longer wait times, as we must distance people further apart on the tipping floor. If possible, postpone your trips to the transfer station. 

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open on its normal schedule: Fridays & 1st Saturday each month 10 AM – Noon and 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For large loads schedule an appointment by calling Jerry, Mon. – Thurs., at 360-379-6911 or 360-385-9160. 

May 28 SWAC Meeting Cancelled --The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) regular meeting scheduled for May 28, 2020 has been cancelled.

Visit jeffersoncountysolidwaste.com for more information or call 360-385-9160 with questions.

Road Maintenance operations

Road maintenance operations continue normally. We are taking precautions to protect personnel so we can avoid disruption to essential services like county roads. Call 360-385-0890 with questions.

Transportation & Engineering operations

We are halting in-person appointments at department offices until further notice. Submit permit applications and other materials by mail, use our entryway drop box, or email them to pubworks@co.jefferson.wa.us. Call 360-385-9167 with questions.

You may mail permit payments or we can invoice you for them. Permits will not be issued without payment. Permit applications and fee schedule are available at www.co.jefferson.wa.us/445/Right-of-Way-Permits-Vacations. For any permit-related questions, contact Terry Duff at 360-385-9159 or by tduff@co.jefferson.wa.us.

We ask you to allow Public Works staff to conduct site inspections alone to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If this is not possible, you must maintain a social distance of 6-feet or more. Under certain circumstances, we may waive pre-construction meetings.

Public Works is doing what we can to mitigate risk to the public and our staff. We hope by taking these steps we can help slow the spread of the virus in our community. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented time.