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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).
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A staff person is available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The type of system you need depends on the type of soil and how much of the soil there is to a water table or other restrictive barrier like ‘hard-pan’ or clay. You will need to meet with a designer to discuss your plans and then dig test holes in the area identified by the designer as meeting setbacks and other necessary features. The designer will evaluate the soils and determine what type of system you will need.
You can also look on the county website at nearby properties to see what type of septic system they have. Keep in mind that some older systems may not meet current code.
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.
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.