Building Services

The Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) lobby continues to be closed to public walk-in traffic, however, we are open for appointments. (starting July 1st)  The most efficient way to assist our customers and the public continues to be via telephone, email and video conferencing options; and our application and permit intake processes will continue to be done digitally.
However, if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with staff we have appointment times available for general permitting, building and land use inquiries. Please complete this appointment request form or call 360-778-5900 to make an appointment.  If you have already applied for a building permit--do not use this appointment scheduling option--please contact the permit center staff to schedule a meeting.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE TABS BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT APPLICATION AND PAYMENT OF BUILDING PERMITS.
The first step or all building permits is a Prescreen - please see the instructions below on how to submit and request a prescreen.

  1. Request a Prescreen
  2. Permit Submission & Issuance
  3. Request an Inspection
  4. Pay for my Permit
  5. Extend Permit
  6. WA Energy Code

Submit a Residential Building Permit Prescreen: complete this fillable form and email it along with at a minimum the following: 

Get a Commercial Building Permit Prescreen - please send an email request and information  epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us.