Planning & Community Development
What We Do
The Planning and Community Development (PCD) department coordinates and manages land use activity on Bainbridge Island, WA.
The walk-in counter is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday to discuss a project with a permit specialist, planner or building representative or get answers to general questions about planning and development services. You can still submit permits during this time but are encouraged to make an appointment.
Permit specialist, planners and building inspectors are available in-person for general questions, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Staff is available by "appointment only" in the afternoon. Permit submittal and consultation appointments can be made online for either am or pm appointments. All other type of appointments must be made with the staff member directly.
Types of appointments available:
Building Permits: 8 am – 12 pm & 1 pm - 3 pm Monday through Friday
Solar, Roofing, Plumbing and Mechanical permits may be applied for online. All other building permits are accepted by appointment. Walk-in permit submittals are still accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Scheduled appointments take priority.
Land Use: 1 pm - 3 pm Tuesday & 9 am - 11 am Wednesday/Thursday
Appointments are required to submit for certain permit types. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of the land use permit required for your project.
Consultation: 8:30 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Meet with a city planner and a development engineer to discuss your project. The purpose of the Consultation is to discuss in general terms project permit application questions. Staff will not prepare for the consultation nor will they produce any written or electronic documentation of the discussion. It is the applicant's responsibility to take notes. As no project permit application will have been submitted at the time of such a meeting, the city will not make any binding commitments. The Director is authorized to deduct the consultation fee from the official land use permit fee if a subsequent pre-application meeting or land use permit is applied for by the applicant within one year of a consultation meeting. A fee of $180 will be due at the time of the meeting.
Inspections may also be requested by calling the Inspection Line at (206) 780-3789. Building inspections may be requested for AM (9 am - 12:30 pm) or PM (Noon to 3:30 PM) and will be assigned based on inspector availability. Specific time slots can not be guaranteed and may change based on demand.
Requesting an inspection for public works, electrical, fire and/or Kitsap County Health District or engineering? Instructions found here.
The Citizen Self Service Center allows you to do the following online:
- Check the status of a permit
- Apply for a permit (some restrictions apply)
- Schedule an inspection
- View inspection schedule
- Pay permit fees
Other items available online are:
- Request For Proposal - The City of Bainbridge Island is requesting proposals from qualified consultants for a Planning and Community Development 100% cost recovery fee study (i.e. fully burdened rate). In 2018, the City reviewed 285 planning permits, 774 building permits and conducted 5,021 inspections. Permit fees were last updated in 2006. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.
- 08/01/19 - REVISION FEE: The City will begin charging for revisions to submitted plan sets effective August 1, 2019. The revision plan review fee is $151.74 an hour with a minimum ½ hour ($75.87). The fee will be assessed and due when the revision is picked up. Revision Form (B107); 2 paper copies of the revision and an electronic copy of all submitted documents must be filled out and turned in. (BIMC 15.04.020, 15.04.040.A.4 and BIMC 15.04.050.B)