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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.
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?
You should talk with a Land Use Planner during our walk-in hours or by email. If you are planning to visit during our walk-in hours (Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00-12:00 & Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:30), it's helpful to have our CAM (Customer Assistance Meeting) form already filled out. If you would like to submit by email you can download the form, fill it out and email it to us (our email is at the top of the form, also), however it can take up to 14 days for a response.
We have a whole section of our website dedicated to meeting with a Land Use Planner, but the short of it is that by filling out the CAM form you will get 15 minutes with one of our planners who can answer any questions regarding land use (setbacks, critical areas, whether you can put a home on the parcel etc.). If you would like to have your planner spend more time researching your questions you can schedule an hour long meeting for $100.00.
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 $207.50.
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 and state 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 street signs, call Public Works' shop at (360) 385-0890.
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 $383. 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 $270).
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.
The judge will review your financial information determine, according to state financial guidelines, if you qualify for a public defender. The clerk will give you in information sheet containing the name, address and phone number of your lawyer. You should read the lawyer’s information sheet and contact the lawyer if you have any further questions.
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, awards temporary custody of minor children, orders respondent to participate in treatment or counseling, etc. The respondent may be arrested or issued a citation for violation of this order.
This order is issued in conjunction with another civil action such as divorce, legal separation, paternity, or child custody action. This order usually requires legal counsel. This order can only be obtained in Superior Court. The respondent may be arrested for violation of this order or face contempt or criminal charges.
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 Superior CourtP.O. Box 1220Port Townsend, WA 98368Phone: 360-385-9131
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 complete your deferral, you must pay an administrative fee equal to the penalty amount shown on the face of your infraction, and not commit a new traffic infraction for 1 year. If you commit a new traffic infraction at any location during your deferral the Court will report your deferred ticket as a conviction to DOL. 4 infractions listed below do not qualify for this Court’s deferral program. Additionally, the infraction of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Liability Insurance may be deferred only if you show proof that you are now insured at the time you request a deferral. You cannot defer a school zone ticket.
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
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
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.
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.
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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