On October 25, 2016 Whatcom County Council adopted a 60 day Emergency Ordinance 2016-048 placing a moratorium on acceptance and processing of new applications and permits that rely on permit-exempt wells for water supply in closed basins. Read on...
It is busy season in the PDS Permit Center. Below are a couple of helpful reminders about the permit process:
All building permits large and small need to go through a prescreen (residential) or preapplication (commercial--by appointment)
For residential prescreens you do not need an appointment--you can walk in Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm. You will need your parcel number; scaled site plan with all structures, water source, septic system & set back from property lines; construction plans. (if your plans are not complete--you can do an initial prescreen and then come back in to have them reviewed.)
During the prescreen Planning, Natural Resources & Plans Examining staff will determine what specific requirements may be applicable to your project and give you a checklist of items to complete and applications needed.
When your checklist and all items requiring reviews are complete you can schedule your building permit intake appointment.