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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 at the vehicle/vessel licensing counter until 4:00pm.
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:
For more details, please review our:
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.
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. They have walk in times Monday-Tuesday 9:00-12:00 and Wednesday – Thursday 1:30-4:30.
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 to be built in Jefferson County?
DCD offers a suite of options to answer questions and help plan development:
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.
Our customer assistance meetings with our planning staff can help you answer those questions. You can fill out the CAM Form and send it back by mail or e-mail to have a planner research it for you. They will contact you by phone or e-mail to discuss your questions. If you choose to mail or e-mail it in they have up to ten business days to respond to your question.
If you would like help sooner, please stop in during our walk in hours, M & T from 9:00 – 12:00 and W & Th from 1:30 – 4:30. You can bring your filled out CAM Form with you or fill one out when you arrive.
Our planners will spend 15 minutes researching your questions, after that they will give you the results and if you would like them to spend more time researching your questions they can do that for $100.00 an hour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org stating the square footage, estimated cost of the project, and the project description.
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.
Click here for current openings.
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.
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.
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 or check 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
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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