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Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Whatcom County Public Works Reopening Guidance for Citizens and Customers

Public Works offices have reopend to the public by appointment only. Please arrange appointments directly with the employee or division you are working with. If you do not have a contact person, you can call our main number for assistance at 360-778-6200. For in-person meetings, County government offices will still follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and will follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks. Proof of vaccination will not be required. The department will continue to accommodate remote interactions with our customers and citizens whenever possible.

Public Works' receptions and lobbies will be limited to deliveries and connecting customers with pre-scheduled appointments. Transactions like ferry ticket sales, addressing, and encroachment permits will continue to be managed remotely whenever possible, and the Ferry Division will continue to offer a monthly on-island sale for all types of ferry punch cards. Islanders should not make unscheduled visits to the Civic Center for ferry tickets. Also, ongoing construction at the Civic Center location has reduced free public parking in front of the building. Ample paid parking is available on the street. 

Public Works offices were closed to the public in March of 2010 to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. As essential workers, department employees never stopped doing their jobs. They found new and creative ways to do the necessary work of paving roads, approving permits, managing stormwater, removing noxious weeds, monitoring water quality, and so many other necessary jobs that generally go unnoticed.  All while following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our public reopening will be done gradually, and this is the first step in that process. Thank you in advance for your patience during the reopening. 

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