What is an administrative use permit?

An administrative use permit is a land use permit that authorizes an applicant to establish or conduct a specific activity or use on a property. The proposed use, as stated within the administrative approval uses section of that zone district, is reviewed by staff for conformance to all applicable development regulations, standards, adopted plans, programs and policies of Whatcom County.

If the proposed use conforms to the approval criteria then administrative approval for that specific use may be granted by staff subject to conditions. Some common uses that require an Administrative Approval Permit may include secondary dwellings (temporary medical and permanent), cottage industries, wireless communication facilities and wind energy systems.

Administrative Approval Permit (PDF)

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3. How can I find the building setbacks for my property?
4. What is the difference between a legal lot of record and a taxable lot?
5. Can my property be subdivided?
6. Can I have a second home on my property?
7. What is an administrative use permit?
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