Community Development, MS-36  
614 Division St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Phone:(360) 337-5777 * Fax:(360) 337-4925
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9:00AM - 4:00PM (M - TH)
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9:00AM - 12:00PM (M - F)
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Enable the development of quality, affordable, structurally safe, and environmentally sound communities.

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DCD News

County-wide Stage 1 Burn Ban declared
Due to the recent heat wave and dry conditions, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal in coordination with area Fire Chiefs has declared, effective 8:00AM Monday, 14 July 2014, a Stage 1 Burn Ban for Kitsap County which cancels all previously issued burn permits.  Contact your local fire district for info on allowed recreational burning... click here
Director's Administrative Interpretation of Code relative to Medical Marijuana dispensary activities in the Rural Industrial (RI) Zone
The Director determines that medical marijuana dispensaries and dispensary-like activities are not permitted in the RI zone.  The intent of the RI zone is to provide for small-scale light industrial, light manufacturing, recycling, mineral processing and resource-based goods production uses that are compatible with rural character.  The dispensary activities, currently engaged by Washington Jade, is subject to the linked Director's here

Operational Shooting Range Ordinance
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting and a Public Hearing on July 30, 2014, beginning at the hour of 3 PM, at the Silverdale Beach Hotel’s East and West Bay Room located at 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road Silverdale for the Review Committee’s proposed Operational Shooting Permit here

Sign Code Update
Kitsap County is updating its sign code (Title 17 KCC) in a cooperative planning effort with countywide interest groups and individuals.  The purpose of this effort is to create a new sign code resulting in a predictable and flexible sign application process.  We anticipate that during the months of May, June and possibly July 2014, Kitsap County will be conducting work studies and hearings for the Planning Commission and Board of County here

Public Hearing on Stormwater Code Revisions
Proposed stormwater code revisions are the subject of a Public Hearing hosted by the Kitsap County Planning Commission.  The public hearing is Tuesday, May 6 at the Kitsap County Administration Building (619 Division Street) in Port Orchard at here

DCD Provides Online Permit Center Training
DCD is hosting a series of training opportunities for customers using the Online Permit Center.  The first training will be held in Kitsap County Administration Building - Commissioners Chambers on Friday, February 21st at 2pm.  This session includes how to schedule and inquire about inspections, obtain general permit information, and register to access you own permits. View the flyer for details. Customers can also submit residential mechanical/plumbing and emergency repair applications online. To visit the Online Permit Center go to and click the Permit Center link in the right section.

Residential Mechanical/Plumbing Applications Accepted Online
DCD is testing the online permit submittal option for customers. This first phase of deployment allows customers to submit Residential Mechanical/Plumbing applications by using the Online Permit here

Kitsap County Implementation of Initiative 502
The Board of County Commissioners adopted adding new Chapter 17.465 "Marijuana Regulations" to Kitsap County Code for the adoption of restrictions on the production, processing and retailing of recreational marijuana to comply with the passage of Washington Initiative here

DCD Featured in Washington State Auditor's Lean Academy
This video shows how the Washington State Auditor is working with local governments to streamline complex processes to better serve residents and here

Director's Administrative Interpretation of Code relative to Kingston Lumber Preliminary Short Plat Application
A preliminary short plat application was received for the Kingston Lumber site in November 2012, and subsequently declared incomplete in December 2012. The applicant requested a code interpretation that the application can be approved under current code.  The linked letter provides the Director’s here

County Receives Two National Awards for Innovative Programs
Kitsap County was recently recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for implementing innovative county government programs to better serve area here
Draft Gorst Watershed Planning
The City of Bremerton and Kitsap County, in partnership with other state, federal, and tribal agencies, has developed a 20-year plan for the future of Gorst. The purpose of this cooperative planning effort has been to develop a land use plan that is based on the ecological values and functions of the Gorst Creek here

Director's Administrative Interpretation on Postponement of Issuing Decisions, KCC 21.04.200(G)
In June 2012, the Board of County Commissioners adopted amendments to Title 21 KCC ‘Land Use and Development Procedures’ outlining timeframes for permit application review.  KCC 21.04.200.G is ambiguous as to whether a request under this section can only be requested just prior to the issuance of a decision or at some point earlier and whether this section can be invoked if an applicant had already received an extension under the other sections of KCC 21.04.200. The linked memo clarifies the application of this section.

Community Development (DCD) is open for limited services on Fridays starting May 10
Beginning May 10, 2013 DCD is open to the public for limited services on Fridays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Services available include building permit submittal and issuance, Planner-of-the-Day (general inquiries), and building review questions and inspection coordination. The department is open for normal services at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and closes at 4:00 pm.

DCD Hours of Operation – Effective May 6, 2013
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Board of County Commissioner's Adopt Agricultural Signage Pilot Program
Kitsap County's agricultural community requested sign code flexibility to allow placement of off-premise signs advertising seasonal agricultural products that are currently not allowed.  For more information, please here

Director's Interpretation regarding Vacation Rentals clarifies how they may be used
DCD has provided a Director's Interpretation to clarify how 'vacation rentals' are limited in use.  The interpretation makes it clear that other uses (non-vacation rental uses) are further provided for or regulated by Kitsap County Code Title 17 'Zoning.  If there are questions about the interpretation, please contact Scott Diener, Manager, Development Services at (360) 337-5777 here


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Larry Keeton
Director, Community Development
(360) 337-5777
If you have any difficulties using the DCD website please email:
Kitsap One or call (360) 337-5777.

Last Updated:  July 17, 2014

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