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Department of Community Development - (360) 378-2354 | Building - (360) 378-2116
135 Rhone St | PO Box 947 | Friday Harbor, WA 98250 | Staff Contacts

Our Mission . . .

“To support healthy, diverse, sustainable island communities, and a high quality of life through effective planning, administration, and enforcement of building and land use codes that balance and accommodate appropriate development of the community while protecting the natural environment.”


Permitting Goals

  • To provide information to customers in a proactive manner, helping them to arrive at decisions consistent with the San Juan County Mission Statement (Page 9).
  • To provide permit applicants with sufficient information to make practical permit decisions.
  • To provide decision making bodies with sufficient information to make accurate permit decisions without continuances or delays.
  • To provide timely and accurate information to permit applicants and interested parties regarding actions taken and appeal rights.
  • To utilize new technologies to reduce the time and costs associated with providing the services of the Department.

Building Information

Land Use Information

Long Range Planning

Long-Range Planning approaches land-use planning by studying environmental conditions and the cultural landscape, then creating or changing County policy statements and development regulations that carry those policies out.

San Juan Economic Development

 Proactive economic development seeks out business development opportunities based on an area’s competitive advantages, market characteristics and community values – because those are the foundations of long range success.

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