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J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907

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After issuance of a permit, all related work is subject to inspections by the appropriate county staff. Click here for more information: Inspection Requirements.

Residential building inspections assure minimum requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC) are met. Requirements include foundation, framing, plumbing, mechanical and life safety.

Commercial building inspections assure minimum requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) are met. Requirements include public safety, accessibility, fire code requirements and occupancy loads.

Other inspections Planning and Development Services staff perform a variety of other required inspections associated with building, mechanical, mobile home and land disturbance permits.

Building inspectors are available by phone in the office, weekdays between 8:30 am and 9:30 am at (360) 676-6907 or by cell phone during the day. Contact the office at (360) 676-6907 to obtain your inspector's cell phone number.

Inspectors: Carl Bertapelle, Senior Inspector
  Gina DeVries
  Brett Griffith
  Ron Booth
  Frank Proctor

For helpful information regarding residential building and plumbing codes, as well as specific requirements related to residential projects, a Plan Review & Construction Guide booklet is available for purchase at the Whatcom County Planning & Development Services office, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham.