Welcome to the Whatcom County Permit Center, a one-stop location, where staff is readily available to coordinate and assist with questions regarding:
County land use regulations
Natural resource regulations
Any other land use or building questions
Permit Center staff can provide assistance in researching, planning, and reviewing construction projects proposed in unincorporated Whatcom County.
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.