Planning & Community Development

PCD Celebrates Building Safety Month

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims May "Building Safety Month" and PCD celebrates all month long.  More information on ways to join in may be found here.

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:

Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new process to improve our services.  Sign up with the City’s Notify Me® for future building notifications.


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. Appointments are available for building permits but not required.  Electronic and paper documents of submittal items are required at the time of submitting an application.  

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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