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Planning & Community Development

   Office Hours: 

Camano Island Annex:    8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Land Use Application submittals by appointment only. For details see the land use permit page.

Click on Planning Commission in the left menu bar to see the current Planning Commission information.



 Code Update Options for Wineries & Events

The preliminary draft (version 1.0) of potential regulatory updates related to Wineries, Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries and Events (special events, rural event centers, etc.) is available for review.  The County is seeking comments from business owners and neighbors of these uses to help refine the options before we begin to draft code updates.  View the documents online at:



 Draft Freeland Development Regulations

The preliminary draft (version 1.0) of the new Freeland Development Regulations are available for review. The adoption of this code will shift properties within the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area (NMUGA) from Rural to Urban standards, with incremental development provisions until sewer becomes available.



 New Process for Lot Combinations

Planning & Community Development Department is now the lead department for review of Lot Combination applications.  Applications should be submitted at the front counter of Planning & Community Development.  When accepted as complete, the applications will be routed to the Island County Assessor's Department for review and comment.  Once approved by Planning & Community Development, the stamped/approved application and map must be recorded at the office of the Island County Auditor.  For questions about the review process please contact Planning Technician Cindy White at 360-678-7818 or Permit Manager Kelly Whitney at 360-678-7820.


 New Web App Showing Building Permit Locations (map)

A new web app has been added to show where the open building permits are located in Island County.  Click here to view this permit activity. (Once the permit is closed it will fall off the map).

​Frequently Requested Items


2018 Work Plan

Planning Commission Materials - Agendas and Minutes

Public Notices - Land Use Applications

Public Notices - Meetings and Hearings

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Learn more about Low Impact Development LID)

Interactive Land Use / Zoning Web Map

Shoreline Designations Map

 Airport Land Use Capatability Tools - Island County


​The Latest Adopted Ordinances & Resolutions

  • C-110-17signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 11/7/17 establishing the Island County Annual Update Docket.
  • C-87-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioenrs 8/15/17 adopting the Island County Surface Water Quality Monitoring Plan as a part of the Critical Areas Ordinance Periodic Review.
  • C-86-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 8/15/17 repealing Chapters 17.02 and 17.02A ICC, and amending Chapter 17.02B ICC, other related code provisions, and agricultural Best Management Practices for Existing and Ongoing Agriculture as a part of the Critical Areas Ordinance Periodic Review.
  • C-73-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 7/11/17 adopting amended Countywide Planning Policies (CWPPs) for the purpose of coordinating the GMA planning activities of the governments of Island County.
  • C-67-17signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 6/13/17 detailing the County's substantial progress towards fullfillment of the requirements of the state mandated periodic update of the Critical Areas Ordinance.
  • C-49-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/23/17 amending Chapter 16.26 relating to the Island County Code to update the Comprehensive Plan Annual Docket Process    
  • C-12-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 2/7/17, regarding amending Island County Code to address Code clean-up items identified as part of an effort undertaken to improve County Code.
  • C-02-17, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 01/24/17, regarding Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas.
  • C-47-16, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/24/16, regarding the appeal process for certain land use decisions.
  • C-44-16, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/3/16, regarding Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas.
  • C-43-16, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/3/16, regarding minor housekeeping amendments to Island County Code.
  • New Shoreline Regulations, C-107-15, went into effect 1/19/16.
  • C-106-15, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 10/20/15, amending Development Regulations which apply to preexisting agricultural activities within Critical Area Overlay Zones. 

​Public Records

Records must be requested from the Department that holds the record.

The Island County Public Records Disclosure Contact Sheet identifies records held by each department in Island County. This will help identify which department to request a record from. The department that holds the record is the only one can ensure it is the latest version of that record and therefor the department that can release the record.

For Planning  or Building records, mail a completed records request form to: 
Records Officer, Planning & Community Development, P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. 

 Public Records Request Form                                  Fees for Public Records


Annex Bldg.
1 NE 6th St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

Mailing Address:
Planning Dept.
PO BOX 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

Phone: (360) 679-7339
Fax: (360) 679-7306

Toll Free from Camano: (360) 629-4522

Toll free from S. Whidbey: (360) 321-5111


CAMANO OFFICE Location & Mailing:

121 N East Camano Dr.
Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone:  (360) 387-3443

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Whidbey Office
1 NE 7th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239

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121 N East Camano Dr
Camano Island, WA 98282

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