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311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA  98225
Telephone:  (360) 676-6650

Time of Operation:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed weekends and all government holidays.

 
The Eviction Process

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is not involved in the beginning stages of the eviction process.  The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office can only become involved with the eviction process after the court procedure is completed & a Whatcom County Superior Court Judge has issued a Writ of Restitution.  This is the point in which the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office can serve & enforce the court order if the tenants do not comply.



The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Cannot Give Legal Advice and Does Not Generate Paperwork.

The public can obtain information regarding the eviction process and/or assistance in preparing the necessary paperwork to begin the eviction process from the following resources:

  • A Private Attorney
  • The Office of the Attorney General’s Website (Consumer Protection Division) http://www.atg.wa.gov/LandlordTenant/default.aspx and click on the Safeguarding Consumers link and then on the Landlord Tenant link. 
  • The Whatcom Opportunity Council, 1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C, Bellingham, Washington (360-734-5121, ext. 370 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday).  This office will provide information only.  They do not have eviction forms and they do not generate paperwork.
  • The Attorney General’s Consumer Line Information Service: 1-800-692-5082
  • Preliminary eviction forms and Unlawful Detainer Packets can be purchased at Grigg’s Stationers Inc., 102 W. Champion St., Bellingham, Washington


The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office must serve the Writ of Restitution, but DOES NOT serve any other type of eviction paperwork

Eviction paperwork needing to be served can be served by process servers, such as the following:

4th Corner Network
110 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 671-2455
Security Sepcialists Plus
6044 Portal Way #104, Ferndale, WA
(360) 656-5103

The Sheriff's Office Role in Evictions