Submitting a Building or Land Use Permit Application

Appointments are no longer required to submit Building Permit or Land Use applications

The new permit submittal process:

  1. The applicant will email either a Building Permit Application or a Land Use Application form to permittingsubmittal@bainbridgewa.gov requesting a case number.
  2. A Permit Specialist will use the information on the application provided to create a file with a case number.*
  3. Once the file is created, a Permit Specialist will email the applicant with their assigned case number as well as an access code for the online permit portal.
  4. The applicant will upload all required initial documents via the online permit portal.
  5. Once all required initial documents are uploaded, an invoice will be sent to the applicant.
  6. Once the invoice is paid, the application will be considered “submitted” and will be forwarded to the appropriate queue for review.**

This new process is intended to mimic the online application process. We are working to move ALL application submittals to the portal in the future.

Consultations and 15-minute Q&A’s online appointments are still available.

*Every effort will be made to respond with a case number within 2 business days of receipt of an appropriate and complete application. 

**Further information may be requested/required depending on the results of the review process.

Tips for success when submitting an application: 


  1. All documents are required to be in PDF format.
  2. Plan sets are now required to be split into the following submittals -
    • Architectural Plan Set 
    • Civil Plan Set
    • Structural Plan Set
    • Each plan set must be contained in one document, i.e., individual sheets comprising a plan set are no longer allowed.
  3. Please follow these naming conventions when submitting documents:
  4. When resubmitting plans, submit entire corrected set, do not extract and submit single pages
  • The Process for Revisions:
  1. Email a revision form along with your documents to permittingsubmittal@bainbridgewa.gov.
  2. A permit specialist will upload your documents and change the status to “info received”. This will put the permit back into the reviewers queue for review.