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Q:  Is there an ATM in the Courthouse?
A:  Yes, on the first floor by the County Council Office.

Q:  I live in the County.  Where can I get an address for my new house?
A:  Public Works/Engineering

Q:  Where can I get a County Council agenda or find out when their meetings are?
A:  County Council Office

Q:  Where can I get bid information on County projects?
A:  Administrative Services/Finance/Purchasing

Q:  Where do I get a copy of my birth certificate?
A:  Health Department, Vital Records

Q:  Where do I get a building permit or schedule an inspection?
A:  Planning and Development Services

Q:  Where can I found out if there is a burn ban on today?
A:  Whatcom County Fire Marshal

Q:  I live in the County.  Where can I get a concealed weapon permit?
A:  Sheriff's Office

Q:  Where do I file child custody papers?
A:  Clerk's Office

Q:  Where can I find the County Coroner?
A:  Medical Examiner's Office

Q:  Where can I get a copy of a death certificate?
A:  Health Department, Vital Records

Q:  Where do I file for divorce or legal separation?
A:  Clerk's Office

Q:  Where can I get a copy of my driving record?
A:  WA State Department of Motor Vehicles, 1904-B Humbolt St., Bellingham

Q:  Where do I pay excise tax on a land transfer?
A:  Treasurer's Office

Q:  Where can I get a flood map?
A:  Public Works/River Flood

Q:  Where can I get a food handler's permit?
A:  Health Department, Environmental Health

Q:  Where would I find information about 4-H?
A:  Cooperative Extension

Q:  Where do I get a garbage exemption?
A:  Public Works/Solid Waste

Q:  Where is Juvenile Hall?
A:  Juvenile Detention, 6th Floor

Q:  Where are the weekly land auctions held?
A:  Usually in the Rotunda of the Courthouse on Fridays at 10 a.m.

Q:  Where would I file a landlord tenant eviction?
A:  Clerk's Office

Q:  Where do I file a lien?
A:  Auditor's Office/Recording

Q:  Where can I get a Lummi Island Ferry schedule or pass?
A:  Public Works Ferry

Q:  Where do I apply for a marriage license?
A:  Auditor's Office/Recording

Q:  Where can I get help with divorce/child support modification papers?
A:  Clerk's Office/Family Law

Q:  Is Municipal Court located in the Courthouse?|
A:  No, Municipal Court is located at 2014 C Street, at the North end of Grand Avenue.   
     District Court and Superior Court are located in the Courthouse.

Q:  Can I get something notarized at the Courthouse?
A:  No, the County does not have a public notary. 
     Check the yellow pages of the phonebook or your bank.

Q:  Where would I find information about nutrition or canning?
A:  Cooperative Extension

Q:  Where do I find information on open space?
A:  Assessor's Office

Q:  How do I find out who owns the land next to me?
A:  Assessor's Office

Q:  Where do I find information on County parks?
A:  Parks Department

Q:  Can I get a passport at the Courthouse?
A:  Yes, the Whatcom County Treasurer's Office is an approved passport acceptance facility.

Q:  Where do I apply for a pawn shop license?
A:  Sheriff's Office

Q:  Where do I pay my land or personal property taxes?
A:  Treasurer's Office

Q:  Where do I apply for a public defender?
A:  Clerk's Office/Assigned Counsel

Q:  Where can I find a copy of the RCWs?
A:  Law Library or online RCW and WAC

Q:  Where do I record land documents?
A:  Auditor's Office/Recording

Q:  Where do I apply for a restraining order?
A:  Clerk's Office/Assigned Counsel

Q:  Where do I call about County road maintenance issues?
A:  Public Works/Maintenance and Operations

Q:  Where can I get a Whatcom County road map?
A:  Public Works/Engineering

Q:  Where can I find information on the Roeder Home?
A:  Parks Department/Roeder Home

Q:  Where do I find out the section-township-range for my property?
A:  Assessor's Office

Q:  Where do I find information on senior exemption on my taxes?
A:  Assessor's Office

Q:  Where do I find small claims court?
A:  District Court

Q:  Where do I get a septic tank permit?
A:  Health Department/Environmental Health

Q:  Is the Social Security Office located in the Courthouse?
A:  No, it is located at 710 Alabama Street, Bellingham WA 98225.

Q:  Where do I call to report that the stop sign on my road has been knocked down?
A:  Public Works/Maintenance and Operations

Q:  Where do I pay my traffic fine?
A:  District Court

Q:  Where can I renew my vehicle license tabs?
A:  Renew online or visit Auditor's Office/Licensing

Q:  Where do I find out where to vote?
A:  Auditor's Office/Elections

Q:  Where do I call about water issues?
A:  Public Works/Stormwater Division

Q:  Where do I go to file a will?
A:  Clerk's Office