Land Disturbance

Land disturbance permits regulate clearing and removal or destruction of trees and other vegetation, excavation, filling, grading, deposition of organic debris or other debris, and earthwork construction within unincorporated Whatcom County. By minimizing stormwater impacts generated by the removal of vegetation and alteration of landforms, these regulations protect public health, safety, and welfare, as well as aquatic and wildlife habitat, water quality, neighboring property, and other goals and policies of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.

Eligible Activities
The thresholds that, when exceeded, require that a land disturbance permit be submitted are located in Whatcom County Code 20.80.734.

See the Planning and Development Services current fee schedule for land disturbance (PDF) for fee estimates.

  • Refer to the Land Disturbance Permit Form (PDF) online
  • Pick up an application packet from the Permit Center office, located at:
    5280 NW Drive
    Suite B
    Bellingham, WA 98226
Applications may be submitted at the Permit Center.