Prior to filing for a shoreline permit, applicants should contact the county to schedule a preapplication conference. The Shoreline Administrator may waive the requirement for a preapplication conference if it is determined to be unnecessary for review of an application.
The purpose of the preapplication conference is to review and discuss the application requirements with the prospective applicant and provide initial comments on the development proposal.
Costs associated with shoreline permits can be found on the applicable shoreline application.
State Environmental Policy Act
Most developments requiring a permit under this Program will also require review for compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Whatcom County SEPA Official can advise applicants whether a SEPA checklist will be required. If the checklist is required, it must be submitted at the same time as the shoreline permit application.