New Lobby Hours Effective September 6th8/29/2022

​The DCD Lobby will be CLOSED for in-person services on Mondays and Fridays, effective September 6th.

We will continue to focus on processing and reviewing your permit applications during this time.

The lobby will remain open for in-person services Tuesday-Thursday from 9 am-Noon.

Live Chat with Permit Technicians, Land Use, Building, and 
Environmental Staff will still be available, Monday - Thursday, 9 am - Noon.

Virtual and phone appointments will still be available, Tuesday-Friday.

DCD Public Records Resources8/24/2022

The Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD) is always looking for ways to improve the transparency and accessibility of public information for our community. We have recently completed a new website intended to help you navigate the process of gathering information from public records. 

Please use this page as your first resource for gathering your DCD public record information. Should you still require our assistance please contact us and we will be glad to further assist.

Partial Ban on Outdoor Burning Begins August 5th8/3/2022

​(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces a Stage One ban on outdoor burning starting midnight, Friday, August 5.

Check the burn ban web page for more information.

Building Safety Month - May 20225/1/2022

​Local events to support Building Safety Month include:

Olympic College Job Fair
Wednesday, May 4th
12pm - 3pm
Olympic College, Bremerton

Peninsula Home & Garden Show
Friday, May 13th through Sunday, May 15th
Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Port Orchard Farmer's Market
Saturday, May 28th
9am - 2pm

Kitsap Kids' Day
Saturday, June 4th
10am - 2:30pm
Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Help us celebrate Building Safety Month 2022 by joining the building safety conversation, coming by to say hello at any of our events, and showing us how you are participating using #kitsapbuildingsafetymonth22 on social media.

Where Is My Permit In Line? Interactive Dashboard9/27/2021

​(Port Orchard, WA) At the beginning of the year, DCD began a project with the UW Student Consulting Lab, where we worked with four graduate students completing their master's in public administration. The students were tasked with evaluating data analytics mechanisms in the department and developing PowerBI Dashboards to increase transparency on our permitting review metrics. The project team met with internal and external stakeholder groups to gain the "voice of the customer" perspective. Those stakeholder groups included DCD Leadership, DCD review staff, KBA/DAG members, and local builders and developers. The students developed three dashboards based on their interviews, two internal and one external. Over the last few months, DCD has been working on syncing the data for automatic and frequent data refreshes and fine-tuning the foundational work the UW students provided. We are proud to be launching the first dashboard the students created – Our NEW Where's My Permit in Line? Dashboard!
Customers identified understanding where a permit is within the review queue as critical. The intuitive dashboard provides permit applicants with an overview of the status, including permit review steps, current days in review, review cycle information, position in the review queue, and helpful links for quick access to other resources.
Our NEW Where's My Permit in Line? Dashboard will be published on our Permit Timeframes & Statistics webpage. All you need to do is enter your permit number and your information will be displayed on your page. There is a quick tutorial video available on using this dashboard.

Buildable Lands Program Update9/7/2021

Provide Comments on a review of Kitsap County's growth trends and future land supply. 

To Learn More, Click Here.

Kitsap Countywide Planning Policies Proposed Revisions8/18/2021

Kitsap County is accepting comments on the proposed revisions to the Kitsap Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs).

To Learn More, Click Here.

DCD Celebrates Building Safety Month - Join Us!4/30/2021

In acknowledgment of Building Safety Month, DCD will host the

Meet The Experts Zoom Series. DCD and industry experts will share their perspectives on the topics listed below. 

Pathways to Careers & Job Outlook  - May 7th, 1-2p

Designing to Mitigate Risks - May 14th, 1-2p 

Water Safety - May 21st, 1-2p

Permitting and the Code  - May 28th, 1-2p

Visit our Facebook page to test your skills at Building Safety Trivia.

Download to learn about and enter the Children's Coloring Contest! 2021 BSM Coloring.pdf

DCD Fee Schedule Changes Proposed4/8/2021

There will be a public hearing held on 4/26/21 regarding changes to the DCD fee schedule, fee policy, and Title 14 Code. Please review the following documents regarding the changes:

DCD Fee Schedule Changes 2021.pdf
DCD Fee Policy Changes 2021.pdf
Title 14 Code Changes.pdf

DCD Announcement Permit Intakes Increase by 625%2/26/2021

As required by law (RCW 19.27), Kitsap County adopted the updated International Code Council's 2018 Building Code on 2/1/2021. Prior to the adoption of the new code, the Department of Community Development (DCD) received a record number of permit applications from customers desiring to apply under the previously published code.

New Building Code Announcement1/9/2021

Kitsap County will adopt a building code change to the 2018 edition published by the International Code Council. Building permit applicants wanting to vest under the current 2015 code edition must have completed permit applications submitted to DCD by January 31, 2021. 

Click here to learn more!

Climate Change Resiliency Assessment10/19/2020

DCD recently completed a Climate Change

Resiliency Assessment in partnership with the cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard. 

Click to learn more!

DCD Permit Application Portal10/19/2020

Coming Soon: 

The DCD Permit Application Portal!
2020 Fire Prevention Week Oct 4-10th10/5/2020

2020 Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10th 

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. Your Kitsap County DCD/Building & Fire Safety division is joining this focus on fire safety. We invite you to visit our website and Facebook page to learn about this year's theme: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen. Stay tuned for more! 

Tips To Save Lives
Press Release Announcement
Tip One: Sprinklers Save Lives - South Kitsap Fire Prevention Video
Tip Two:  I Spy Fire Safety In The Kitchen Video
Tip Three: Cooking Safety - National Fire Protection Association Video
Tip Four: Kitchen Grease Fire Safety Video
Tip Five: Lessons from History - The Chicago Fire of 1871 Video

DCD Performance Statistics Report - September9/25/2020

The DCD Performance Statistics Report is an abridged, quarterly view of DCD Permit Activities. The report provides an accumulative view of Title 21, residential, commercial, and fire permit processing times. The report also provides monthly news and updates from the DCD department. You can find the report HERE.  

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