What is the tax parcel number and why do I need it?
The tax parcel number (aka geographic ID) contains the map coordinates for each piece of property in Whatcom County. Staff uses this number to find associated plats, surveys and other preliminary information about your property. The 16-digit tax parcel number is on your tax statement or can be obtained by using the Search Real Property tool.Search Real Property

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1. Where do I start?
2. What is the tax parcel number and why do I need it?
3. How do I apply for a building permit?
4. How do I make an appointment?
5. What do I need to bring to apply for a building permit?
6. How long will my permit take to review?
7. Will I need other permits, too?
8. Is an architect or engineer required?
9. How long before my permit expires?
10. Is there a deposit and how much will my permit cost?
11. What inspections will be needed?
12. How do I get a building inspection?
13. What if I have a building code question?