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Community Development


Community Development
Located at:
720 Prospect Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Mailing Address:
216 Prospect Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366
8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday
Closed all Washington State holidays

Development Activity Presentation

Click here to view the City of Port Orchard  Development Activity and City Projects Presentation held during the February 13, 2024, City Council meeting.

Washington State Building Codes

On September 15, 2023, the State Building Code Council (SBCC) voted to delay the effective date of the 2021 Washington State Building Codes to March 15, 2024. Please visit the Washington State Building Code Council website for information on the adoption process and progress on statewide amendments. https://www.sbcc.wa.gov/

The City’s current Building and Construction Standards may be found in Port Orchard Municipal Code Title 20: 20.200 – 20.212.

NEW! Community Development Interactive Zoning Map

Check out the newest interactive tool to access property information!

The Community Development Department has a new feature that will allow users to view zoning and parcel data using an interactive map.

Are you interested in zoning information on your property? How about property you are looking to purchase or parcel data from Kitsap County? View the instructions below and click the icon to start viewing properties.

NEW! Project Status Update

Click here to view projects currently under land use review, projects approved for land use (not under construction), projects under construction, and pre-application/permit applications not submitted.


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 Building Codes as adopted in Port Orchard Municipal Code (POMC) 20. 200
  • Performs plan reviews and approves building permits
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