Planning & Community Development



City facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Police Station, will remain closed to the public through at least April 8 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).

Appointments for submitting building and land use permits are no longer required. All building and land use permits should be submitted at Additionally, planners and inspectors can continue to be reached by email and phone (see staff directory).

Emergency building inspections can be scheduled by calling 206-780-3789.

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  2. Hours & Fees
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  4. Citizen Self Service

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

Follow these easy steps and submit with success:

  • Combine plan sets into one PDF
  • Indicate what each document is by its file name
    Example: Floor Plans, Site Plan, Narrative, etc. 
  • When resubmitting plans, submit entire corrected set, do not extract and submit single pages
  • Email submittal items to
  • Subject line should read PERMIT APPLICATION
  • Upon receipt of all submittals, an invoice will be delivered via email

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

  • By phone: 206-780-8591
  • Pay box: Put a check or envelope 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