Before You Buy or Build

Before you buy or build

Protect your investment and research before you buy! Below is information about Kitsap County's free resources that can help you learn all about your property.

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 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.

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

Contact Us! (360) 337-5777 

619 Division St. Port Orchard, WA 98366

In response to COVID-19, DCD hours of operation are modified as follows:  

Lobby Hours:                                

Closed Until Further Notice

Online Permit Application/Status Check/Inspection Scheduling & Results: Available 24/7

Live Chat with Permit Techs:

Monday - Thursday, 9am to 4pm, Friday, 9am to 1pm. 
Click "Chat Now" pop-up window

Live Chat with Land Use Staff

Monday-Friday, 9am - 12 Noon
Click "Chat Now" pop-up window

Live Chat with Stormwater and Environmental staff:

Monday - Thursday, 9:30am to 11am. 
Click "Chat Now" pop-up window

Need more assistance? We are here to help!

Related Links:

Is A Lot Buildable? [PDF Brochure]

Residential Setbacks Brochure [PDF Brochure]

Kitsap County Code

Meet with Staff

Do I need a building permit?

Kitsap County Code

Parcel Search (Interactive Map)

Parcel Details

Good to Know Terms

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