Public Works Services

The City of Bellingham Public Works Department works to enhance Bellingham’s quality of life; protect public health, safety, and natural resources; and provide neighborhoods, businesses, and visitors with a wide range of services, including (in alphabetical order):

Internal Services

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) CoordinationSupport for citizens and employees with disabilities to access city services, programs and activities.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act – Annual UpdatesAnnual reporting for Title VI Program including the non-discrimination agreement and standard assurances, complaint procedure and notice to the public
Natural Resources ServicesDevelop and deliver environmental policy, stormwater management, ecology and restoration services, Lake Whatcom management, and environmental education and outreach.
Real Property Acquisition and Management Real estate services, including property acquisition for engineering projects and watershed protection, as well as leasing and management of commercial properties.
Engineering Services Design, review, and coordinate construction for all public improvements within city limits to ensure environmental, safety, and health standards.
Inspection Services Monitor project costs and quality of construction in conformance with designs.
Development / Permit Review Services Provide right-of-way, sewer and water permits, private project engineering review, transportation planning, and transportation options coordination.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services Provide maps and data to city staff for tasks such as planning, crime analysis, utility management, and customer support.
Fleet ServicesCoordinate and perform vehicle and equipment support activities for all city departments.
FacilitiesProvide maintenance and custodial services to city government buildings and structures.
Materials ManagementControl and coordinate movement of supplies including receiving, inspecting, tracking, and inventorying items as needed.
Communications InfrastructureProvide installation and maintenance for radios, fiber optic networks, and other communication systems for all city departments.


Public Works Contacts
Public Works Department Information
Public Works Development Guidelines and Improvement Standards
Public Works Document Request Forms and Exhibit Standards