In 1999, the City adopted the Harbor Master Plan of the Comprehensive Plan. To manage the plan, the City created the Harbor Commission as the official body of the city empowered to act on all matters pertaining to the harbors and waters.
It was the Harbor Commission's responsibility to develop and implement the harbor management rules and regulations adopted by the city council and to govern all harbors and waters within the city's jurisdiction.
To assist the Harbor Commission, the position of a harbormaster was created under the Office of the Mayor in 2002. The purpose of the harbormaster is to work in concert with the harbor commission to implement the harbor management plan and manage and protect the waters of Bainbridge Island.