Planning & Community Development

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

City facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Police Station, will remain closed to the public through July 20th pursuant to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. 

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures March 25 to combat COVID-19 and released additional guidance for construction in his ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Under the Governor’s order, “construction is not considered to be an essential activity.” As a result, all construction – residential and commercial – is not authorized while the order is in place and is subject to limited exceptions. Please see the Building Department Update for more information about what activities can occur under the order and how it is impacting other essential facilities such as parks and schools on the City’s COVID page.

The City has implemented changes to its processes to allow residents to access as many City services as possible through electronic submittals, email and phone.

The Planning and Community Development Department can be reached by phone at 206-780-3750 (general line) or 206-780-3770 (planner of the day).

Beginning Monday, May 4, Planning and Community Development (PCD) will require appointments for consultations, as well as, the submittal of building and land use permits to make the process more efficient for staff and applicants. Appointments for consultations and submitting building and land use permits can be made HERE. 

Planners and inspectors can continue to be reached by email and phone (see staff directory).

Building inspections can be scheduled by calling 206-780-3789.

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  2. Hours & Fees
  3. Appointments & Inspections
  4. Citizen Self Service

All permit applications and revision requests are now being accepted via email!

Follow these easy steps and submit with success:

  • Make an appointment via the online calendar
  • Email submittal documents within 48 hours of appointment
  • Permit Specialists will review application materials and call the applicant with next steps (i.e. describe revisions needed or additional documents required or how to pay permit fees)
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Tips for success when submitting an application: 

  • All documents are required to be in PDF format.
  • Plan sets should be split by type (ie. Plans - Architectural, Plans - Structural, Plans - Drainage)
  • Indicate what each document is by its file name (ie. Floor Plans, Site Plan, Narrative, etc.)
  • When resubmitting plans, submit entire corrected set, do not extract and submit single pages
  • Subject line should read PERMIT APPLICATION

To make a payment on an invoice received while City Hall is closed, we have several options available:

  • Online - CLICK HERE
  • By phone: 206-842-7633
  • By mail: Send a check to 280 Madison Ave N., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • At pay box: Insert check in the pay box located near the disable parking area on the east end of City Hall.

Applicants will not pay credit card service fees for any City services, including permits, while City Hall is closed.  The City will pay the fees charged by the third-party vendor.


What We Do 

The Planning and Community Development (PCD) department coordinates and manages land use activity on Bainbridge Island, WA. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan 
  • Development Review
  • Building permits & inspections
  • Code Compliance
  • Administration of Building, Shoreline, Environmental, and Subdivision regulations