Shoreline Master Program

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) establishes goals, policies and regulations for the shoreline jurisdiction of Bainbridge Island.  The current SMP became effective in July 2014 after a comprehensive update process.  The SMP is available in two versions:

Complete Official Version (Ordinance 2014-04 Including Goals, Policies and Regulations)

BIMC 16.12 (Regulations Only)

Official shoreline designations are mapped.


Aquaculture Limited Amendment 

The City of Bainbridge Island is currently processing a limited amendment of its SMP.  The scope is narrow and will focus only on policies and regulations related to aquaculture.  City Council held a public hearing on the limited amendment on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 that was continued at the August 23, 2016 Council Meeting and will be considered for approval on September 13, 2016 under Unfinished Business.  Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 PM on September 8, 2016.  Comments may be sent to

As part of the requirements for processing a limited amendment, the City has prepared a draft submittal package to transmit to the Department of Ecology for review.  As required in WAC 173-26-110, this package includes a summary of proposed amendments to policy and regulatory language with explanatory text and other materials which document the necessity of the proposed changes to the City's SMP.  The draft submittal package is available here:

SMP Draft Submittal Package

Other information related to the proposed limited amendment includes:

It is anticipated that the City Council will take final action on this legislative action in September 2016.  Notice of future public meetings, public hearings and comment period will be provided through the City's regular noticing procedures, the City's website ( and to those on the City's e-mail listserv for this project.  In order to ensure you receive future notifications regarding this project, please register for the "Shoreline Master Program" e-mail listserv on the City's website Notify Me page.

If you have questions or comments regarding this project or wish to be placed on a non-email notification list for this project, please contact Senior City Planner Christy Carr at (206) 780-3719 or