The Planning & Community Development Department is a division of Island County government. We are responsible for overseeing, managing and regulating land-use and development within unincorporated Island County in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of County residents.
Our department consists of permit managers, permit technicians, building inspectors, planners (both current-use and long-range), development coordinators, administrative assistants and a code enforcement officer, all of whom work under the direction of the department head and the building official. We review building permits and development proposals by land owners to ensure they are consistent with Federal, State, and County regulations.
We work with other government departments, agencies, and municipalities; the general public; land-owners; special interest groups; and businesses in our responsibility to oversee development in unincorporated Island County both now and in the future. Additionally, we work to balance these competing development interests in order to protect the individual property owner and the collective community.
Before you establish a use on or develop your property (e.g. construct a building, clear a building site or expend money for future plans), we encourage you to contact our department to help ensure you obtain all necessary permits and that your plan is allowed under the current regulations. We will do our best to help you reach your goal.