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Whatcom County Hearing Examiner
The Hearing Examiners Office will begin accepting walk-in requests for services July 1, 2021.
The Hearing Examiner serves as a quasi-judicial officer.
The Hearing Examiner decides land use issues, disputes, and development proposals.
Files are available for public review by appointment.
The Hearing Examiner has no legislative function – the Hearing Examiner applies laws and ordinances passed by the County Council.
Public hearings are generally held weekly, as needed. Please call for current schedule and hearing location.
A non-exclusive list of land use matters heard by the Hearing Examiner includes:
Shoreline conditional use permits
Shoreline substantial development permits
Appeals from county determinations regarding whether a project requires an environmental impact statement
Appeals of county administrative determinations involving the various land use regulatory codes and policies of the county, including the Shoreline Management Program
About the Hearing Examiner
Hearing Examiner Decisions 2009 - Current
Hearing Examiner Public Hearing Agendas
Appealing the Hearing Examiner's Decision
Hearing Examiner Process
Hearing Examiner Virtual Meetings
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