Application forms are available at:
Washington State Department of Revenue website:
Whatcom County Planning and Development Services
Whatcom County Assessor's Office
Public Benefit Rating System
Applications for Open Space Land and its sub-classification Farm and Agricultural Conservation Land are evaluated with the Whatcom County Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS), click here to view the PBRS.
Applications may be made for classification at any time during the year from January 1 through December 31. If approved, current use valuation assessment begins January 1 of the year following the year the application was filed.
Where to Apply
Applications for the Open Space Land classification and sub-classification, Farm and Agricultural Conservation Land are filed with the Long Range Planning Division at Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department (PDS).
Applications for the Farm and Agricultural Land classification are filed with the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office located at the County Courthouse.
The current application fee is $575. Fees are established according to the Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule.