The Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) lobby continues to be closed to public walk-in traffic, however, we are open for appointments. (starting July 1st) The most efficient way to assist our customers and the public continues to be via telephone, email and video conferencing options; and our application and permit intake processes will continue to be done digitally.
However, if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with staff we have appointment times available for general permitting, building and land use inquiries. Please complete this appointment request form or call 360-778-5900 to make an appointment. If you have already applied for a building permit--do not use this appointment scheduling option--please contact the permit center staff to schedule a meeting.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE TABS BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT APPLICATION AND PAYMENT OF BUILDING PERMITS.
The first step or all building permits is a Prescreen - please see the instructions below on how to submit and request a prescreen.
Submit a Residential Building Permit Prescreen: complete this fillable form and email it along with at a minimum the following:
Get a Commercial Building Permit Prescreen - please send an email request and information email@example.com.
You must complete a building prescreen and get approval before submitting your permit application.
To pay for your permit or application you will receive an email from staff with the permit balance due. Once you have received this information you can pay for your permit by the following options:
Get a building permit extension--we have approved a policy related to permit extensions during this difficult time. When your building permit comes close to the expiration date, our staff will be granting you an automatic 6 month extension. (this may happen more than once) We hope this allows you extra time to make progress on your project. This policy will be in effect until the situation improves and the policy is rescinded.
If you are required to submit Energy Code forms for your permit submittal--here is a link to the forms and information: WA Energy Program Information and Forms
For more information about the Energy Code legislation for Washington State--you can review the Washington State Energy Code Progress Toward 2030 Report.