Before You Buy or Build





 Protect Your Investment and Research Before You Buy

Kitsap County has free resources and educational tools that can help you learn all about your property and the steps towards development.


Parcel Search

Parcel Search is a County tool that provides information of all Kitsap County Properties. The first step is to locate the lot or parcel in . Once you have the parcel located, you can answer questions like: 
  • What is the zoning of the parcel
  • Are there any critical areas (flood hazards, steep slopes, etc.)
  • Tax information
  • Size of the parcel
  • If the parcel uses an easement
  • Existing Permits

Is My Lot Buildable? 

Before you purchase the lot, make sure you are able to build what you want. You should find out:
  • Was the lot legally created?
  • Are there lot size requirements?
  • What other code requirements need to be met for your property?
  • Does the proposed building comply with any critical area/shoreline buffers and construction setbacks?

For more information, please see the Is A Lot Buildable Brochure 


Permitting

Permitting is not just about code requirements, but to also ensure the safety of your family and your property. Before you tackle any projects check to see if the project requires a permit.

Examples: removing trees, building a shed, addition to your home, may all require permits.

Some project questions may be answered here: Do I need a Building Permit?


Allowed Uses

Certain uses, or projects are allowed in some zones and not in others. Example, residential homes are not allowed in Commercial Districts. To find out allowed uses for your property call us (360) 337-5777, or visit the Kitsap County Code Chapter 17.410 Allowed Uses.


Start Here! Land Use and Building Development Basics

With the help of grant funding from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kitsap County DCD has put together a land use and development basics series intended to help you understand some of the steps involved in building or developing land. These have taken place in the form of webinars given by our DCD staff and are available for viewing on our Start Here! page. Also available on the page are brochures, and links to Start Here! Ambassadors, who are professionals that have participated in the program.


Need help locating information about a lot/parcel? We are here to help!