Is there a minimum size requirement for a single family residence (SFR)?
There is no "minimum" size requirement in unincorporated Whatcom County in areas zoned to allow the building of an SFR. Any SFR built is required to meet the International Building Codes and Washington State Energy Codes. The SFR must have water availability approved by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD), cooking facilities and bathroom facilities. The SFR will need to have sewer hook-up or a septic system approved by WCHD. The structure cannot be on wheels and must be fixed to the ground. The building footprint has to meet the setbacks and any restrictions based on the presence of Critical Areas.

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1. How do I start the process of applying for a residential building permit?
2. Is there a minimum size requirement for a single family residence (SFR)?
3. Where do I apply for an electrical permit?
4. How do I apply for a mechanical permit?
5. Is a permit required for tearing down a structure on my property?
6. Whom do I contact about asbestos removal?
7. How do I find out if an existing structure has a building permit?
8. If I buy a piece of property and find out that the previous owner did work without permits, what do I do?
9. How do I apply for a residential building permit and how long does it take to get one?
10. When applying for a permit to build a single family residence (SFR), is there a minimum square foot size requirement for the SFR?
11. How long is a residential building permit good for?
12. How do I determine the building permit fees?
13. Are inspections required after permits have been obtained for residential projects?
14. How and when do I call for a building inspection?
15. What types of building inspections do I need to request?
16. Do I have to be present when the inspector arrives?
17. Who do I contact if I have questions about building codes?
18. When can I "occupy" or use my house / structure?
19. Do you have a copy of my building plans?
20. What projects are exempt from the permitting / review process?
21. Do I need a permit to build a storage shed or deck?
22. How do I verify if a contractor is licensed?
23. Where can I learn more information on Green Building?