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Engineering Services
5280 Northwest Drive
Suite C
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6730
Fax: (360) 676-6558

Design & Construction and
Bridge & Hydraulic
322 N Commercial St
Suite 301
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-7450
Fax: (360) 715-7451


Traffic - Encroachment Permits Engineer

Public Works Engineering through Traffic Encroachment Permits provides the ability of individuals and entities to use county right of way (ROW).  The service includes determination of issues and conditions, issuance of the permit with general and specific conditions, and the inspection of the permit activity.

There are approximately 1,100 permits issued each year in Whatcom County that require administration and procedural guidance and, applicability of WCC title 12.16 for the use of county right-of-way by individuals and entities. 

There is a statutory responsibility to provide determinations of public authority and responsibility with the right-of-way.  This ensures the integrity of the public transportation infrastructure is maintained and that no special hazards are created affecting the motoring public.  It also guarantees compliance with the best management practices for drainage and environmental concerns.  The protection of public and private rights and resources through the encroachment permit process saves money spent on maintenance and future legal defense.

Generally, the activities involved with an encroachment permit include: driveways and improvements to existing driveways, storm drain installations, utility connections and installations, new road construction, temporary access, sidewalks, miscellaneous roadway installation, fences, retaining walls, and landscaping.  Both private citizens and commercial contractors use these services.

Activities include a review and inspection of work within county right-of-way.