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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.

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  October 8th Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

The October 8th Planning Commission meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum. All items on the October 8th agenda will be discussed at the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, on Monday, October 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


  Event Regulations Draft 2.0 Now Available for Review

With the adoption of the new regulations for wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries, the first phase of the Rural Lands Regulatory Updates is complete. The second phase consists of updating Island County Code provisions regarding events held in the rural area. 

After the Planning Commission reviewed the first draft of the new regulations for events at their meeting on Monday, September 24th, staff incorporated their comments into a second draft of the regulations. To view the regulations, pelase click the following link: 

For a general timeline and more information about this update process, please visit the Rural Lands Project Webpage.  Comments on the Draft Regulations can be sent to CompPlan@co.island.wa.us
  Recently Adopted - Updated Housing Element

The Board of Island County Commissioners adopted the updated Housing Element at a public hearing October 2, 2018. This update replaces the current Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan in its entirety and will serve as a guiding document and resource for the County’s approach to housing.

The complete Ordinance C-97-18 can be viewed here: C-97-18  

  Recently Adopted - Code Updates for Wineries, Breweries, Cideries, and Distilleries

Regulatory updates related to Wineries, Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries were adopted September 4, 2018, during a Board of Island County Commissioners public hearing. To view the final adopted code, please visit the project page at:  www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Pages/D17_RuralLands.aspx

Further code changes related to commercial activities in the rural area, specifically events and home industries regulations are in the very early stages and will be coming to the Planning Commission for discussion soon.

   Draft Freeland Development Regulations

The draft (version 2.0) of the new Freeland Zoning Code is available for review.  The adoption of this code is anticipated for this summer and will include a rezone for all properties within the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area (NMUGA).  For a map of the impacted area and draft code documents, workshops and opens house materials, visit our project page:



​Frequently Requested Items

Public Notices - Land Use Applications

Public Notices - Meetings, Hearing, & Notices

2018 Work Plan  (Current Projects) 

Planning Commission - Materials, Agendas, & Minutes

Events Calendar - Public engagement & community collaboration opportunities
       for Planning projects

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-55-18, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/08/18 clarifying certain county processes with regards to forest practices, surface water quality monitoring, and farm management plans
  • C-27-18, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 3/20/18 improving the Island County Code's alignment with State Forest Practices requirements.
  • 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


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1 NE 6th St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

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PO BOX 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

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

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CAMANO OFFICE Location & Mailing:

121 N East Camano Dr.
Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone:  (360) 387-3443

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