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Departments Community Development
Department of Community Development

The City’s Department of Community Development is responsible for Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. To meet these responsibilities, there is a City Development Director, Associate Planners, a Building Inspector,a Code Enforcement Officer and Administrative staff. The Department also administers the City’s Shoreline Management Program. The City Development Director is the SEPA Official for environmental review of projects and is the Building Official.

Planning Responsibilities:

Advanced Planning:

  • Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Coordinated planning with Kitsap County and the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council.
  • Annexations

Current Planning:

  • Land Use Reclassification (Rezones)
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Temporary Use Permits
  • Subdivision Applications
  • Variance applications
  • Short Plat Applications
  • Boundary Line Adjustments


Building Responsibilities:

  • Enforces the 2015 International Building Code and the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • Performs plan reviews and approved building permits
  • Conducts site inspections
  • Coordinates with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue for Fire Marshall services

Use the link below for a fee estimate for residential building permit


Code Enforcement responsibilities:

  • Zoning Code
  • Public Nuisances
  • Sign code


Important Links
List of Issued Building Permits (Last two months)
Residential Building Permit Fee Estimate - EXAMPLE ONLY
Puget Sound Regional Council Website
City of Port Orchard FAQ's on Marijuana Initiative 502
Port Orchard Final Logo Concept Design Review
Web Presentation Oct. 28, 2014  (28 MB)
Preview site