Land-Clearing / Commercial

  1. Natural Resource News

    The 2021 Natural Resource Newsletter was recently mailed to rural landowners in Whatcom County. Read on...
  2. Launch of Whatcom County C-PACER Program

    On July 13, 2021 Whatcom County Council adopted Ordinance 2021-041 establishing the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACER) Program in Whatcom County (WCC 16.50). Read on...
  3. Burn Restrictions Lifted in Whatcom County Effective Monday September 20, 2021

    Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain, the Fire Marshal’s Office will lift the burn ban for outdoor burning. The burn ban will be lifted at 8:00 AM on Monday, September 20th, 2021 for the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. Read on...
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Regulations


  • Size: Up to 25 feet by 25 feet pile, fill out our Burn Permit Application Form (PDF) 
    • Submit an application or permit--email epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us. with your application materials and our staff will review and get back to you with instructions and questions
    • Bring application directly to: (NOT APPLICABLE DURING COVID-19 STAY HOME STAY HEALTHY ORDER)
      • 5280 NW Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
  • Information Line: Call 360-778-5900 for inspections and permits
  • Fee: $120 per day (plus $3.60 Technology Fee)
  • 1 pile burning at a time unless permitted otherwise
  • 50 feet from structures, timber, combustibles, and power lines
  • 350 gallon of water, 1.5 inch hose, and pump required at fire
  • Excavator required with operator while burning
  • Fan required to start fire
  • Firebreak between piles must equal size of pile
  • 24 hours a day burning allowed as permitted
  • Must have landowner permission to light all fires