-IMPORTANT NOTICE-

Island County staff is in the process of updating all Development Information Bulletins. This page will be updated as soon as this process is completed.

Development Information Bulletins (DIBs) provide general information and answer commonly asked questions regarding permits, procedures, and regulations. Regulations are often written in a style difficult to comprehend, interpret, and apply to specific situations. DIBs are an attempt to translate the legalese of regulations into clear and common language. In the DIBs, excerpts from regulations are combined with plain-language explanations, rewording of complex passages, and some interpretation by staff. While the hope is that use of the DIBs will reduce expense and effort, reading the regulations in some cases may be required.

Click on the category you are interested in and you will be directed there:

DIB #

Topic

Description

 100 General Information

 102 Contacting Island County Planning and Community Development Phone #s, directions to our offices, and other contact information
 105 Langley Urban Growth Area Describes permit application procedures and requirements in the Langley UGA
 106 Community Meetings Describes when community meetings are required and how to run them
 107 Langley Joint Planning Area Describes permit application procedures and requirements in areas near Langley
 111 Type I Decision Process This describes the type I decision process for permits
 112 Type II Decision Process This describes the type II decision process for permits
 113 Type III Decision Process This describes the type III decision process for permits
 200  Building Permits
 203 Mobile/Manufactured Home Permits Explains installation, replacement and alteration requirements
 300 Zoning and Land Use
 304 Home Industry What it is and how and where it may be approved
 305 Home Occupation What it is and how and where it may be approved
 308 Bed and Breakfast Definition and siting requirements
 312 Signs and Lighting Standards for outdoor advertisement signs and exterior lighting
 319 Water System Review Process to amend or expand a Water System Service Area       
 400 Subdivisions, Short Plats, and Boundary Line Adjustments
 405 Unregulated Segregations When a division of land is exempt from subdivision regulations, certain requirements still apply
 500 Site Development and Environmental Protection 
 501 Clearing and Grading Basic requirements if soil and vegetation is to be disturbed
 502 Drainage Requirements for Single-Family Residences Explains impervious surface areas and other criteria to keep in mind prior to development of a home or accessory structures
 503 Critical Drainage Areas Special requirements apply in areas with identified flooding or water quality problems
 505 Drainage Narratives Description and required contents
 507 Critical Areas General descriptions and purpose for wetlands, streams, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas
 508-A Wetlands - A What is a Wetland?
 508-B Wetlands - B Residential Development
 508-C Wetlands - C Mitigation
 508-D Wetlands - D Preliminary Critical Areas Determination
 509 Streams Definition and requirements
 510 Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas Definition and requirements for protection of protected species and habitats
 511 Geologically Hazardous Areas Definition and requirements for development near bluffs or landslides
 512 Timber Harvest and Forest Practices Permits Permit requirements for harvesting timber
 513 Development on the Shoreline Setback requirements and permits
 514 [intentionally left blank]  
 515 Bulkheads Permit requirements for new construction and repair of existing shoreline protection structures
 517 SEPA State Environmental Policy Act requirements
 518 Archaeological Sites General locations and requirements
 519 Floodplains Permit and construction requirements
 520 Development on Steep Slopes Definition and requirements for development on steep slopes
 521 Geologically Hazardous Areas Covenant Explains what the Covenant is and when it is required
 522 Washington Natural Heritage Program Sites Definition and requirements for protection of protected species and habitats
 523 Habitats of Local Importance Definition and requirements for protection of protected species and habitats
 524 Overwater Structures Requirements for New/Expansion of overwater Structures. Eelgrass Habitat Guidelines Qualified Divers
 600 Open Space Tax Programs  
 602 Open Timber Tax deferred program for lands that are managed for timber production (Managed by the Island County Assessor's Office)


IMPORTANT NOTE - "Development Information Bulletins" (DIBs) are intended to assist the general public in understanding the effect of codes and regulations. DIBs are not complete statements of the laws and rules and should not be used as a substitute for them. If conflicts and questions arise, the code and regulations are the final authority. Because these regulations may be revised or amended at any time, consult Island County staff to be sure you understand all current requirements before beginning any work. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the project meets requirements of all current codes and regulations.