Title VI Complaint Procedure

These procedures apply to all complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, or under Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, or under any related statutes and regulations, relating to any program or activity administered by the City of Bellingham or its sub-recipients, consultants, and/or contractors. The City of Bellingham Public Works is responsible for ensuring that all Title VI discrimination complaints occurring within the Federal-aid transportation program or its activities are investigated. If a complaint is against the Department of Public Works, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) will investigate the complaint.

Intimidation or retaliation of any kind is prohibited by law.

Instructions to Claimants

  1. Please submit your complaint within 180 calendar days of the alleged occurrence or from when the alleged discrimination became known to you.
  2. Please use the City of Bellingham Title VI Complaint Form and submit it to:

    City of Bellingham Department of Public Works
    Attention: Title VI Coordinator
    210 Lottie St.
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    OR via email at pw@cob.org

Processing of Complaints

  1. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Title VI Coordinator will determine whether the City of Bellingham has jurisdiction over the complaint, the acceptability of the complaint, whether additional information is needed, and the Title VI Coordinator may investigate the merit of the complaint.
  2. The Title VI Coordinator will send the Complainant a written notice of receipt of the complaint within five (5) working days from receipt of the complaint, and will forward a copy of the complaint to the Human Resources Department.