Planning & Development Services

  1. PDS Watershed Closure

    The *seasonal closure in Lake Whatcom, Samish & Padden watersheds begins October 1, 2016. It is prohibited to issue permits within two weeks of the seasonal closure per WCC 20.51.410 (3) & 20.80.735(2) therefore no permits will be issued after Sept. 16th. Additional Info...
  2. Fire Marshal Stage 1 Burn Ban In Effect

    Effective Wednesday, September 14, 2016 , a Stage 1 Burn Ban has been enacted for unincorporated Whatcom County. Read on...
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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.