Planning & Community Development


Planning & Community Development Closed for Process Improvements on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

We appreciate your patience as we seek to improve our services.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Planning & Community Development rolls out new phase in electronic permitting process:  Applicant Uploaded Submittals.  


In an effort to provide better service in processing permits, starting Monday, April 26, 2021, permit applicants will begin uploading their own submittals documents via our Online Permit Center after their Permit Intake Appointment.  We are asking applicants to upload their documents using new naming conventions. Steps for applying and uploading documents are found on our Submitting a Permit Application webpage.  All documents must be provided in PDF format (necessary for electronic review) and each submittal type must be contained in one document (i.e., all structural plan sheets must be in one PDF document named Structural Plan Set).

To see the most commonly required submittal documents for each permit type, please click one of the links below:

Land Use Permits

Commercial Building Permits

Residential Building Permits


  • The Planning & Community Development department is closed the third Thursday of each month for Process Improvement and Staff Training.
  • We now only accept electronic documents.
  • City facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Police Station, will remain closed to the public until further notice pursuant to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. 
  • Planning and Community Development (PCD) now requires appointments for consultations as well as the submittal of building and land use permits. Appointments may be made at https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/1110/Planning-and-Building-Submittal-Appointm 
  1. Main
  2. Pay an Invoice
  3. Appointments & Inspections
  4. Online Permit Center

All permit applications and revision requests now require an appointment to submit.


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