The Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) lobby is opening for walk-in traffic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. Virtual appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To schedule a virtual appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday; please complete this appointment request form or call 360-778-5900 to make an appointment. All applications and prescreens must be submitted digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org —we will not be taking paper submissions for prescreens, applications and permit intake. 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.
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.
Submit a Residential Building Permit Prescreen: complete this fillable form and email (to email@example.com) it along with at a minimum the following:
Get a Commercial Building Permit Prescreen - please send an email request and information firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must complete a building prescreen and get approval before submitting your permit application.
To pay for your permit or application you will receive an email from staff with the permit balance due. Once you have received this information you can pay for your permit by the following options:
When your building permit comes close to the expiration date, you can request an extension for your expiration by completing our Building Permit Extension Request Form and submitting it to email@example.com. It will be reviewed by Building Services staff and you will be notified if the request has been granted and if there are any applicable fees.
If you are required to submit Energy Code forms for your permit submittal--here is a link to the forms and information: WA Energy Program Information and Forms
For more information about the Energy Code legislation for Washington State--you can review the Washington State Energy Code Progress Toward 2030 Report.