Finance & Administrative Services

COVID-19 & Customer Payment Options


City Hall cannot accept in-person payments at this time.  Finance & Administrative Services has worked with City Departments to ensure payments are received.

Court Fines, Moorage, Right-of-Way Permits, Planning/Building Permits**, and Other Directed Miscellaneous Payments (for  payment questions call 206-842-7633, Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm):

  • By Mail: Mail your payment with payment information to:

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  • Debit/Credit Card Payments - Call the City at (206) 842-7633, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Payment Drop Box - Drop your payment at our payment drop box located at City Hall (located across from the Town Square off Henshaw Way NE).

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** Only certain planning/building permits can be paid online. For questions regarding available payment options for your permit, contact Planning & Community Development at (206) 780-3750.

Utility Payments (for utility billing questions, email finance@bainbridgewa.gov or call 206-780-8603, Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm):

  • By Mail: Mail your payment with payment coupon or account information to:

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  • Debit/Credit Card Payments: Call 24-hours a day at (206) 521-5127.
  • Online - https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/211/PaymentOptions
  • Payment Drop Box - Drop your payment at our payment drop box located at City Hall (located across from the Town Square off Henshaw Way NE).


COVID-19 & Business Assistance


The Washington State Department of Commerce announced March 22, 2020, disaster assistance to Washington small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  For information, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOC/bulletins/2829660


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The Department of Finance and Administrative Services supports the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments, and the community, providing a wide range of support for administration and general financial reporting. Finance also supports services to citizens such as business licensing and utility billing, as well as administrative central support to the City’s five operating departments. The department has three primary functions: Accounting and Audit, Budget and Operations, and citywide Financial Planning. 

Accounting and Audit

The Accounting group completes all required financial report and audit functions. Accounting manages and maintains financial records conforming to generally accepted accounting principles and complying with federal, state, and local laws. This group prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which is subject to the annual audit, and administers investment of public funds, cash management, and the issuance of debt. This group also provides front desk reception and cashiering services, as well as oversees business licensing and accounts payable.

Budget and Operations

The Budget group collects money on behalf of the City through revenue and receivables via utility billing and accounts receivable. This group monitors finance performance throughout the year, and prepares adjustments as needed for Council consideration and approval. The Budget group is responsible for the preparation, monitoring, and reporting on the City’s budget. This group also manages payroll, performs periodic reporting, and maintains the information on the City’s financial transparency web portal.  

Financial Planning

Financial Planning staff works with both budget and accounting functions. The primary focus for these staff is to forecast revenue, and monitor capital and operating spending. Forecasting is done both for same-year analysis and two- to six-year outlook.