After issuance of a permit, all related work is subject to inspections by the appropriate county staff. View a full list of inspection requirements (PDF) online. You request your building inspection using our online Inspection Request Form or leave a message on our inspection hotline at 360-778-5902.


Building inspectors are available by cell phone during the day. Contact the office by calling 360-778-5900, after 9:30 a.m., to inquire who your inspector will be.

Staff Directory for Current Building Services Staff

Plan Review & Construction Guide

For helpful information regarding residential building and plumbing codes, as well as specific requirements related to residential projects, a Plan Review and Construction Guide booklet is available for purchase at the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Office.

Residential Buildings

Residential building inspections assure minimum requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC) are met. Requirements include foundation, framing, plumbing, mechanical, and life safety.

Commercial Buildings

Commercial building inspections assure minimum requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) are met. Requirements include public safety, accessibility, fire code requirements and occupancy loads.

Other Inspections

Other inspections Planning and Development Services staff perform a variety of other required inspections associated with building, mechanical, mobile home, and land disturbance permits.