Building Services

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 and prescreens must be submitted digitally to epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us —we will not be taking paper submissions for prescreens, applications and permit intake. The most efficient way to assist our customers and the public continues to be via telephone, email and video conferencing options; and our application and permit intake processes will continue to be done digitally.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE TABS BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT APPLICATION AND PAYMENT OF BUILDING PERMITS.
The first step or all building permits is a Prescreen - please see the instructions below on how to submit and request a prescreen.

  1. Request a Prescreen
  2. Permit Submission & Issuance
  3. Request an Inspection
  4. Pay for my Permit
  5. Extend Permit
  6. WA Energy Code

Submit a Residential Building Permit Prescreen: complete this fillable form and email (to epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us) it along with at a minimum the following: 

Get a Commercial Building Permit Prescreen - please send an email request and information  epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us.