Planning & Community Development

The Planning & Community Development Department will be closed for process improvements on December 13, 2018.

Effective October 1, 2018

The following permits may be applied for online:

An appointment may be scheduled for all other building and land use permits. Scheduled submittal appointments will take priority over walk-in submittals.

Walk-in building permit submittals are still accepted.

Appointments may be made:

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Bainbridge Island Imposes Temporary Emergency Moratorium


The Department of Planning and Community Development's aim is to coordinate and manage land use activity. This includes:

  • Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Administration of building, shoreline, environmental, and subdivision regulations
  • Development review
  • Code compliance
  • Support for a variety of citizen committees, including the Planning Commission


The department's intent on behalf of the City of Bainbridge Island is to keep its citizens fully informed of development activities, changes to regulations, and planning projects. In order to accomplish this, the department engages the public through a variety of notification processes.

Citizen Groups

The department works with a number of citizen groups as part of its baseline public services. Citizen volunteers bring a range of expertise and experience to city committees and commissions. Department staff also coordinate activities with nonprofit community organizations.

Visiting the Department

Counter service is provided between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and between 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesday and Thursday. City Hall is open during the hours of noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and planning staff is available for previously arranged appointments.

Building Permit Plans

Building permit plan resubmissions and revisions are accepted Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m and 9 a.m. An appointment is required for the submission of any planning permit (excluding building permits).

Copies of Building Permit Plans
Copies of approved building plans requested by anyone other than the person/ firm that created the plans go through a third-party notification process and will take longer to process.

Development Process Review

Planning and Community Development recently hired The Latimore Company, LLC, to perform a development process review. You may read their final report online (PDF).

The Latimore Company LLC presented their findings to a joint meeting of the City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board on June 20, 2017. You may view the presentation online (PDF).

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