II. General Health Regulations

Chapter 8.20


8.20.010    Permit required.

8.20.020    Definitions.

8.20.030    Permit procedures.

8.20.040    Plans approval.

8.20.050    Sanitary facilities.

8.20.060    Fire protection.

8.20.070    Traffic, crowd control.

8.20.080    Parking.

8.20.090    Right of entry for inspection.

8.20.100    Hours of operation.

8.20.110    Exemptions.

8.20.120    Number of participants – Fees.

8.20.130    Violation – Misdemeanor.

8.20.140    Nuisance declaration.

8.20.010 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, corporation organization, landowner, lessee or lessor to allow, encourage, organize, promote, conduct, permit or cause to be advertised an entertainment, amusement, or assembly of persons for any purpose which said person, persons, corporation, organization, landowner, lessee or lessor believes or has reason to believe, will attract 1,000 or more persons for 12 or more continuous hours or 300 or more persons for eight or more continuous hours in each of two or more consecutive days, or who prepares or sells tickets numbering 1,000 or more for an event of 12 or more continuous hours in one day, or 300 or more for an event of eight or more continuous hours on two or more consecutive days at a particular location within Jefferson County and outside the limits of the city of Port Townsend, unless a valid and current permit has been obtained for the operating of said amusement, entertainment or assembly as in this chapter specified. Said permits shall be required for all such entertainments, amusements and assemblies to be held 30 or more days from the date of the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter. One permit shall be required for each entertainment, amusement or assembly. Criminal or civil liability for failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall rest in all persons, corporations, organizations, landowners, lessees or lessors who are responsible for the obtaining of permits under this section. [Ord. 1-70 § 1]

8.20.020 Definitions.

“General public” means citizens and members of the community except in groups made up entirely of related kin.

“Entertainment” means an act of entertaining or being entertained; specifically amusement, hospitality given or received, the consideration of an idea, etc., thus, the keeping of the same in mind; something that entertains is interesting, diverting, or amusing as a show or performance.

“Amusement” means any act or event causing or inducing relaxation and/or gaiety.

“Assembly” means the concourse or meeting together of a considerable number of persons at the same place. [Ord. 1-70 § 2]

8.20.030 Permit procedures.

Written final application for amusement, entertainment or assembly permits shall be made to the Jefferson County board of county commissioners and said application must be submitted 30 or more days prior to the first day upon which such amusement, entertainment or assembly is to be or may be held. Approval or denial of permits as herein provided for shall be made within 10 days after application therefor. Permits shall not be denied provided the conditions in JCC 8.20.050 through 8.20.090 are satisfactorily met by the applicant. Denial of the permit by the board of county commissioners shall be in writing with reasons for the denial and shall be subject to appeal to the superior court by action filed within 10 days of the denial. [Ord. 1-70 § 3]

8.20.040 Plans approval.

Whenever approval by a county government agency other than the board of county commissioners is required hereunder, application for such approval shall be made 10 or more days prior to making final application for the entertainment, amusement or assembly permit. Approval or denial by said county agencies shall be made within 10 days of the date of application. When any type of physical facility is required or subject to approval hereunder, preliminary approval may be granted based upon specific plans proposed and submitted by the applicant. All such facilities shall be in existence three or more days before event for which an application is submitted shall begin and shall be subject to inspection by the approving agencies or departments at their convenience. Said inspections shall be made and approval or disapproval granted on or before the seventh day preceding the event. Should the actual facility or construction fail to meet the standards approved in the proposed plant, such preliminary approval shall be withdrawn and any and all permits granted subject to such approval shall be withdrawn. No inspection fee or approval fee shall be charged other than the general permit fee required hereunder. [Ord. 1-70 § 4]

8.20.050 Sanitary facilities.

No permit for an entertainment, amusement, or assembly shall be granted unless the application is accompanied by the written approval of the Olympic health district affecting the following minimum standards:

(1) Water Supply.

(a) Every location for which a permit must be obtained hereunder shall have an adequate supply of water which is of a sanitary quality meeting the demands as prescribed by the Washington State Department of Health.

(b) Drinking fountains or drinking facilities shall be provided to meet the requirements of the Revised Code of Washington.

(2) Toilets and Washing Facilities. Every location for which a permit must be obtained hereunder shall be provided with toilets, urinals and hand washing facilities conveniently located.

(a) Separate toilet facilities shall be provided for each sex and shall be so marked.

(b) Toilets must be water-flushed or fly-tight sanitary privies approved by the health officer or sanitarian.

(c) The minimum number of the above facilities to be provided shall be in accordance with the orders of the Olympic health district.

(3) Food Preparation and Food Service Facilities. Should the applicant for a permit hereunder provide or have reason to believe that there will be provided any type of public food services for the event for which the permit is required, then the applicant shall submit with his application the approval of the Olympic health district for the facilities so provided. Such facilities shall meet the specifications required by the health district. [Ord. 1-70 § 5]

8.20.060 Fire protection.

No permit shall be granted hereunder unless the applicant has shown that the Jefferson County civil defense director and the fire chief in the fire district where the event is to be held has approved fire protection devices and equipment available at, in or near any building, tent, stadium or enclosure wherein or whereupon more than 10 persons may be expected to congregate at any time during the course of such entertainment, amusement or assembly for which a permit is hereunder required. Fire prevention standards shall be those as provided by state law. [Ord. 1-70 § 6]

8.20.070 Traffic, crowd control.

No permit shall be granted hereunder unless it shall be in an application to the Jefferson County sheriff that adequate traffic control and crowd protection policing have been contracted for or otherwise provided by the applicant. Traffic control/ crowd control personnel shall be licensed merchant patrolmen or named persons submitting affidavits that they have not been convicted of a felony within the previous 10 years. There shall be provided one traffic control/crowd control person for each 200 persons expected or reasonably to be expected to be in attendance at any time during the event, provided that a minimum of three such personnel shall be provided for any event coming within the provisions of this chapter. Sufficient personnel shall be provided so that the above requirements will be met throughout the event without working any personnel more than 12 hours without at least an eight-hour rest period before his next hours on duty; personnel shall be deputized by the sheriff of Jefferson County prior to assuming responsibilities outlined in this section. [Ord. 1-70 § 7]

8.20.080 Parking.

Application for a permit under this title shall be accompanied by scale drawing showing adequate parking facilities have been made available adjacent to the location for which the permit is requested. Such parking facility shall provide parking space for one vehicle per every four persons expected or reasonably to be expected to attend the amusement, entertainment or assembly. Adequate ingress and egress shall be provided from such parking area to facilitate the movement of any vehicle at any time to or from the parking area; provided, that should buses be used to transport persons to the entertainment, amusement or assembly it shall be shown that public parking or parking as described above is available at any site from which buses are scheduled to transport persons to an event regulated by this chapter. [Ord. 1-70 § 8]

8.20.090 Right of entry for inspection.

No permit shall be granted hereunder unless the applicant shall in writing upon the application for such a permit consent to allow the law enforcement and public health and fire control officers of the county to come upon the premises for which the permit has been granted for the purpose of inspection and enforcement of the terms and conditions under which the permit is granted. [Ord. 1-70 § 9]

8.20.100 Hours of operation.

No entertainment, amusement or assembly coming within the provisions of JCC 8.20.010 shall be conducted in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., except as hereinafter provided. Should it be planned, advertised, or should there be reason to believe that an assembly of persons coming within the provisions of this chapter shall create an unusual amount of noise or that it is anticipated that there will be an unusual amount of noise detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare then the commissioners of Jefferson County can set additional limitations or extensions on the hours, provided that any limitations shall not infringe on activities during daylight hours after the hour of 7:00 a.m. [Ord. 1-70 § 10]

8.20.110 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to regularly scheduled entertainments, amusements and assemblies held at camps, parks, fairgrounds, Indian gathering places or resorts. [Ord. 1-70 § 11]

8.20.120 Number of participants – Fees.

Application for a permit under the provisions of this chapter shall state the number of persons expected or reasonably expected and/or the number of tickets printed and sold. It shall be the duty of the applicant to record the number of persons admitted to and exited from any event coming within the provisions of this chapter in such a manner that the number of persons present can be reasonably known at any time. Failure to provide a reasonably accurate record of the number of persons present shall give public law enforcement personnel the right to reasonably estimate the number present. Should the number of persons present at any time exceed by 20 percent or more the number for which the permit was granted it shall be the right and the duty of the public law enforcement agencies to prohibit further access to the event until such time as the number in attendance allows for compliance with the permit. A permit fee shall be filed with the application subject to the following scale:

300 to 1,000    $100.00

1,000 to 5,000    $500.00

5,000 and over    $1,500.00

[Ord. 1-70 § 12]

8.20.130 Violation – Misdemeanor.

Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with any provision of this chapter, or who shall, having obtained a permit hereunder, willfully fail to continue to comply with the terms and conditions thereof, or who shall counsel, aid or abet such violation, or failure to comply, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. [Ord. 1-70 § 13]

8.20.140 Nuisance declaration.

Compliance with the terms and conditions of this chapter shall constitute minimum health, sanitation and safety provisions and material compliance with said terms and conditions shall constitute a public nuisance and be subject to all criminal, civil and equitable remedies as such. [Ord. 1-70 § 14]