Whatcom County Hearing Examiner

The Hearing Examiner serves as a quasi-judicial officer to decide on land use and development proposals, including:
  • Zoning
  • Shoreline conditional use permits;
  • Variances
  • Shoreline substantial development permits
  • Preliminary plats
  • Appeals from county determinations of whether a project requires an environmental impact statement
  • Appeals of county administrative determinations involving the various land use regulatory codes and policies of the county, including the Shoreline Management Program.