Planning & Development Services

Fire Marshal Burn Ban

Effective 8:00 AM, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, a Stage 1 Burn Ban is in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County
Due to the hot weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on all open burning for unincorporated Whatcom County.

Permit Tips:

  It is busy season in the PDS Permit Center. Below are a couple of helpful reminders about the permit process:
  • All building permits large and small need to go through a prescreen (residential) or preapplication (commercial--by appointment)
  • For residential prescreens you do not need an appointment--you can walk in Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm. You will need your parcel number; scaled site plan with all structures, water source, septic system & set back from property lines; construction plans. (if your plans are not complete--you can do an initial prescreen and then come back in to have them reviewed.)
  • During the prescreen Planning, Natural Resources & Plans Examining staff will determine what specific requirements may be applicable to your project and give you a checklist of items to complete and applications needed.
  • When your checklist and all items requiring reviews are complete you can schedule your building permit intake appointment.