Planning & Development Services

  1. Whatcom County Council Adopts Emergency Ordinance

    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...
  2. Stormwater Regulation Change

    On October 11, 2016, the Whatcom County Council adopted new regulation regarding stormwater management. Read on...
  3. Whatcom County Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Permit Exempt Wells

    On October 6, 2016, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Whatcom County v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. Additional Info...
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Permit Tips:

  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.