Sheriff's Office

It is the mission of the Island County Sheriff's Office to provide unbiased, community-oriented police services in order to maintain and enhance Island County's reputation as a safe, thriving community where residents and visitors can safely live, work and visit..

Core Values

  • Service - We are committed to the concept that our primary purpose is to provide excellence in public safety and community service.
  • Professionalism - We are committed to adhering to the highest professional standards in all aspects of our chosen profession.
  • Accountability - All of our actions will be measured with the rule of our mission statement, core values, policy and the law. We will hold ourselves accountable to these principles at all times.

Island County Burn Ban lifted as of 7 AM Tuesday, Sept 26, 2023

Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns, the Fire Marshal will lift the ban on outdoor burning in Island County as of 7:00 a.m. September 26, 2023.

It is important to remember that residential yard debris and land-clearing burning are permanently banned in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley, and Oak Harbor (and their urban growth areas).

All yard debris and land-clearing burning will require a permit where open burning is allowed.  All written burn permits will be issued through the Island County Health Department.  

  • Recreational fires less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high do not require a permit.
  • To obtain a verbal permit for residential fires less than 4 feet in diameter, call either 360-240-5526 and listen to the required conditions or call Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617, Ext 4.  
  • To obtain a written permit for fires over 4 feet in diameter, call 360-679-7350 (North and Central Whidbey), 360-321-5111 Ext. 7350 (South Whidbey) or 360.387.3443 Ext 228 (Camano Island).
  • Visit  Public Health's webpage for additional permit information.

As always, burning garbage and the use of burn barrels is illegal STATE WIDE and subject to fines that can exceed $1,000.00.

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call 360-856-3500 for burn permit information.

For air quality issues call the Northwest Clean Air Agency at 360-428-1617.

Island County Tip Line

The Island County Tip email is an effort to receive information from concerned citizens about illegal activity occurring within Island County. The line allows citizens to share information confidentially. Please include as much precise information as possible such as city, date/time, address, what is occurring, and attachments such as photographs. If you are willing to identify yourself, the information will remain confidential¹ and not available to anyone except restricted sheriff's investigators assigned to this email.

Tip emails are used to disseminate information to sheriff's investigators and local police agencies in an attempt to make our communities a safer place to live.

Email tips are gathered during regular business hours. If you are reporting a crime in progress, call 911

Drug Take Back

In lieu of a single day for drug take-backs, Island County maintains a drop box in the lobby of the Annex Building at 1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville, WA. Drop-off hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

  • No sharps, no liquids - Please empty pills into a ziplock bag before disposal

Protection Orders

For information and assistance on how to file for a protection order, see How to File for a Protection Order. The Northwest Justice Project has a printable form to help guide you through the process. The Island County Sheriff's Office cannot offer legal advice.

Registered Sex Offenders

If you are new to the county and need to register, you must email Sgt. Peabody or call 360-679-7320 within three days of moving into the county. He will instruct you on when you can come to the office to finish your processing.

If you are moving inside the county and need to update your change of address, please fill out this form and mail it to:

Island County Sheriff's Office
Attention Sergeant Peabody
1 NE 7th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239.

If you are transient, continue to report every Tuesday at the jail.

If you do not comply with the modified registration procedures, you could be arrested or charged with a crime for failing to register.

Notification of Sex Offenders

Sign up for free email notifications of when  sex offender registers with the Island County Sheriff's Office.


To pick up property from our evidence technician,  email her or call 360-678-4422 between 8 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday for an appointment.

Concealed Pistol Licenses

Click here for information and forms you need to apply for a concealed pistol license in Island County.

Washington Requests for Electronic Collision Reports

Click here for information and forms you need to obtain a collision report.

Island County Sheriff's Office Documents