All About Annexation

Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges and taxing authority to new territory. Through annexation, the City of Bremerton pursues the long-term financial health of the City by expanding the City's existing tax base, while providing additional land for future residential, commercial and industrial development that will sustain economic growth and maintain reasonable tax rates. Planning for future annexations allows the City of Bremerton to focus infrastructure and resources on areas that can be annexed successfully and cooperatively. The City attempts to use logical boundaries that utilize recognizable physical features such as streets, bodies of water and land contours while adjusting for irregular borders. For any proposed annexation, the property must be in an adopted Urban Growth Area (UGA), must be contiguous to the City of Bremerton and must be designated in the City's Comprehensive Plan as a potential annexation area.

The City strives to build strong, positive relationships with the community and urban service providers, and facilitate a smooth transition of land from the unincorporated urban growth area into the City.  Please feel free to contact Staff with any questions. Staff will try to update this website with more tools and information as it comes available. These tools will include an Informational Handouts on the cost/benefits to the property owner for each UGA, an online annexation calculator, and other such items. 
Annexation Map

What is the procedure for annexation?

Washington State law governs the annexation procedures. The most frequently used method of annexation is the petition which begins with petitioners submitting a Notice of Intent to Annex that represents either 
     a) not less than 10% of the residents of the area to be annexed, or
     b) the owners of not less than 10% in value, according to the assessed valuation.

If the City Council determines that the proposed annexation is in the public interest, it may "initiate" a public process to analyze the annexation proposal. In which case, the proponents must use the official petition forms to collect the signatures of property owners that represent not less than 60% of the total assessed valuation of the acreage in the area requested for annexation.

At the conclusion of the public process, the City Council votes to approve or deny the annexation. There is no guarantee of success for simply filing a petition and application for annexation to the City. 

Recent Annexation Action

The City of Bremerton is required to consider all Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) as potential areas that could be annexed into the City within the planning timeframe, typically 20-years horizon. Kitsap County identifies and establishes the UGAs. Within the UGAs, the City is seeking annexation proposals by Petitions to Annex from property owners, or for properties that have signed annexation agreements with the City. The City will be providing the public more information to consider the impacts of annexation, and will be working on educational outreach tools for the property owners of the UGAs. These tools will provide more information to the UGAs so the property owners can make an informed decision on requesting to annex or not. 

As of April 13, 2017, there is no request or plans for annexation of the Rocky Point UGA, except for 24.5 acres along Corbet Drive which was a request of Petition to Annex from a property owner (map included below).  
 Name Acres & Urban Growth Area Approved Pending Not-Initiated or Denied
Corbet Drive 24.5AC. Rocky Point
Click here for a proposed map

SKIA North 150AC. PSIC (formerly SKIA) 3/1/2009 Ordinance 5053
SKIA South 73AC. PSIC (formerly SKIA) 4/1/2009 Ordinance 5057
SKIA: Paije, Palmer, Alpine, Esslinger  87AC. PSIC (formerly SKIA)  8/1/2009  Ordinance 5084
SKIA: Sylvan Products Inc.  7AC. PSIC (formerly SKIA)  2/1/2007  Ordinance 5083 
Tracyton  84AC. East Bremerton  2/1/2007  Ordinance 4997 
West Hills  172AC. West Hills     X
Racus  6AC. East Bremerton  1/8/2005 Ordinance 4922

Informational Handouts (Cost/Benefit Analysis) for Property Owners

Please note that these handouts will be made for each of the City’s UGAs.

Annexation Fiscal Analysis Studies


In you are interested in receiving additional information regarding recent annexations or the annexation process please contact the City Planner at the main line 360-473-5287 or Allison Satter, 360-473-5845 or