Current Planning

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 must be submitted digitally to epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us —we will not be taking paper submissions for applications and permit intake. 

We are accepting all applications digitally. To submit an application or permit--email epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us with your application materials. A Current Planning staff member will be assigned to your project and provide you with a project number and applicable fees. 

  • Pay for my permit--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:
    • Credit or Debit Card. Call 360-778-5930 please leave a message for the cashier  to arrange payment.  Be sure to leave your name, phone number, permit/application number and site address on your message--they will get back to you ASAP to process the payment. (there is a 2.35% transaction fee on credit cards, $1.00 for debit cards.)
    • Mail a check payable to Whatcom County Planning to 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham WA 98226. (please include your permit number on the check)
Responsibilities
The Current Planning Section processes applications to manage land development for upcoming projects in conjunction with federal, state, and county regulations as they relate to the physical and economic health of our county.

Tasks include zoning verification and administration of the Whatcom County Zoning Ordinance (Title 20) and the Whatcom County Land Division Ordinance (Title 21) and other related actions affecting land division.