The mission of Planning and Development Services (PDS) is to ensure growth and development occurs in a manner that protects public health, safety and welfare, preserves the natural environment, and ensures the quality of life enjoyed by citizens and visitors in Whatcom County is preserved and enhanced. An important aspect of what PDS does is to review, issue and inspect building projects, our numbers have been on a slow increase over the last few years. Building permits are only a portion of what we do at PDS on our website you can view all of our permit activity reports.
The valuation on building projects is determined by Plans Examining staff during the Building Permit review process. The square footage of the structure is used as a multiplier and the per square foot rate is dependent on the type of project. For example a new single family residence per square foot rate is higher than the rate used for a detached garage. This valuation factors into the fees charged for the permit. You can get more information about how to determine valuation and the permit fees by visiting our permit fee page on our website where you will find a fee estimate worksheet.For Supporting Data Click Here: Excel or PDF
Moving goods and services by road in a county as watery as Whatcom means bridges - 159 of them to be exact. Our bridges must be maintained structurally safe and functionally adequate to accommodate a rapidly growing number of passenger vehicles and heavier freight traffic than ever before. Our bridges are inspected every year for structural integrity and periodically evaluated for their capacity to meet the demands of a growing community. Click here for more information.
Reducing accidents on our roadways is one of Whatcom County government’s biggest concerns. We do that by enforcing traffic laws, responding rapidly to road emergencies, and improving road infrastructure to safely accommodate the modern mix of cars, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians. Notable road safety improvements include the use of roundabouts instead of four-way stops, improving poorly functioning intersections, and properly locating crosswalks and bike lanes. Whatcom County has seen a reduction in fatal and serious injury vehicle accidents in recent years.
What is APMVM? APMVM is accidents per million vehicle miles traveled.
What is a serious injury? In Washington State, a serious injury is defined as an injury which prevents the injured person from walking, driving, or continuing normal activities at the time of the collision.
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