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 planners (both current-use and long-range), development coordinators, building inspectors, permit managers, administrative assistants, and a code enforcement officer, all of whom work under the direction of the department head. We review 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), we encourage you to contact our department to help ensure you obtain all necessary permits.


Department of Planning & Community Development
PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

Telephone: 360-679-7339
Fax: 360-679-7306