According to Bainbridge Island Municipal Code 2.14.030, the Hearing Examiner is responsible for conducting hearings on and adjudicating quasi-judicial cases involving a variety of complex land use and regulatory compliance issues, and other issues which the City Council may designate to the Hearing Examiner by ordinance. The hearing examiner shall issue decisions or recommendations based on relevant ordinances, regulations, policies, statutes, and other authorities.
In April 2003, the city passed, and the mayor approved, Resolution No. 2003-14 adopting Rules of Procedure for the Office of the Hearing Examiner. These Hearing Examiner Rules govern the conduct of hearings held by the Hearing Examiner. The rules are divided into three chapters:
Rules that apply to all matters
Rules for hearings on permit applications
Rules for hearings on appeals of administrative decisions
The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, in Chapters 2.14 and 2.16, establishes the hearing examiner review and appeal procedures. For more information, please read the Hearing Examiner Rules.