Planning & Development Services

  1. Stage 1 Burn Ban Effective 8:00am Saturday, July, 16 2022

    Due to warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office will be enacting Stage 1 Burn restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 8:00am on Saturday July 16, 2022. Read on...
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Permit Center Lobby Open for Walk-Ins:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
 **Permit Lobby Closed:
Tuesday & Thursday

** Virtual Appointments available for residential projects Tuesday & Thursday.

We are continuing to take a phased approach to reopening in-person Planning services. Some staff continue to work remotely. We will continue to assist customers in this capacity including virtual meetings for residential projects on Tuesday (9am to 3pm) and Thursday (afternoon only-1pm to 3pm) (online via Zoom) during the phased reopening. 

Limited In-Person Services

  • General property, permitting and zoning information (M, W, F 9am-4pm)
  • Assistance and direction on how to submit and apply online.
  • Records Research (capacity for records research shall be limited to one customer at a time). Records research will be available Monday, Wed and Friday from 9-4 pm.

Online Services and Resources