Whatcom County has been approved to enter into Phase 2, and the Governor’s office has provided some information on COVID-19 Job Site Requirements (Phase II), more information on what this means for the City of Bellingham construction projects can be found here.
Due to COVID-19 and in compliance with City and Health Department guidance we are reducing in-person interaction by closing the Permit Center to walk-in customers effective Monday, March 16th until further notice. For your safety, please utilize the Permit Center’s online resources via https://www.cob.org/services/permits.
Choose the type of permit application/form that is relevant to your project:
Many “Bellingham” addresses are for properties that are actually in unincorporated areas – not within city limits. Please use City IQ to make sure the property you are interested in actually falls within the City of Bellingham.
Building Applications and Forms
- Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Water Heater Replacement, Re-Roof and Sign & Awning.
Alternate Methods or Materials
Use of alternate methods or materials, not prescriptive to adopted codes, requires that the proponent demonstrate that the alternate is at least equivalent to the methods in the adopted codes. Persons wishing to use alternate methods or materials must complete each of the following:
- Complete the Alternative Methods and Materials application
- Provide adequate evidence that the proposed method is equal to or better than what is prescribed in adopted codes;
- Provide all of the documentation in the first two bullets along with a completed permit application.
Failure to follow the steps above will result in the proposed alternate method or material being denied. Please remember that if you wish to use the proposed alternate on multiple projects, you must provide all of the bulleted documents with the permit application for each project.
These examples shown herein are demonstration of drainage system equivalency between the two nationally recognized plumbing codes. Other documentation may also be proposed.
- ASPE Sanitary Drainage Design Report (May 2012)
- ASPE Vent Systems Report (July 2012)
- Heriot Watt University Report (January 2007)
- Planning and Community Development Department
- Bellingham Municipal Code
- 2018 Code Effective Date extension repealed- Effective Date is February 1, 2021 | SBCC (wa.gov)
- Electronic Submittal Requirements
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- Permit Fees
- Permit Timelines and Criteria
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