Whatcom County Government are temporarily closed to public “in person” services. (Our lobby/Permit Centers will be closed to the public.) However, we are still very much “open for business”. We will continue to provide services for permit processing and staff will be available to assist customers and the public via telephone, email and video conferencing options. We encourage our customers to utilize the following online and telephone options:
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: project narrative (what do you want to do?), site plan and preliminary structural plans to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: We will perform inspections on projects consistent with the Governor’s Phase 2 Construction Requirements.
Please use the online form to request your inspection request online or call 360-778-5902.
If an inspection is scheduled, our inspectors will be following strict protocols when on site. Please review this protocol document to ensure compliance.
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 This policy will be in effect until the situation improves and the policy is rescinded.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.