Fire Marshal

  1. Clarifications on Stay Home-Stay Healthy Pertaining to Construction

    Whatcom County Planning and Development Services outlines clarifications to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order and appendix as it pertains to construction, identifying nearly all construction as nonessential. Read on...
  2. Planning & Development & Public Works Engineering Change In Service

    Planning and Development & Public Works Engineering Departments will temporarily close for "in person" services effective Wednesday March 18th. We will still be "open for business" but providing services via telephone, email and video conferencing. Read on...
  3. New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

    Whatcom County announces a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical area buffers. Read on...
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The Fire Marshal’s Office team works as part of the Building Services Division and in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office and the county fire districts to provide a wide spectrum of fire prevention and building safety services.

The Fire Marshal’s Office:
  • Conducts annual fire and life safety inspections
  • Conducts fire and arson investigations
  • Issues permits for sprinkler and alarm systems, above ground and underground fuel tank removal / installation / repair, firework displays, fireworks stands, open burning, and special events
  • Provides plan review for land use and commercial construction
Fire Marshal's Guide to Recreational Fires and Outdoor Fireplaces.
 For current outdoor burning information please call the Outdoor Burning Information Line at (360) 778-5903.
See our Outdoor Burning Regulations page for information on outdoor burning. 

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level