Building Departments in Whatcom County, Washington

There are 5 Building Departments in Whatcom County, Washington, serving a population of 212,738 people in an area of 2,107 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 42,547 people, and 1 Building Department per 421 square miles.

In Washington, Whatcom County is ranked 26th of 39 counties in Building Departments per capita, and 15th of 39 counties in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Whatcom County Building Departments

Find Whatcom County, Washington building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Bellingham Building Department 210 Lottie Street Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Planning Department 210 Lottie Street Bellingham, WA

Ferndale Planning Department 2095 Main St Ferndale, WA

Lynden Planning and Zoning Department 323 Front Street Lynden, WA

Whatcom County Planning Department 5280 Northwest Drive Bellingham, WA

About the Whatcom County Building Department

Building Departments in Whatcom County, WA are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Whatcom County DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Whatcom County, Washington building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Whatcom County building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Whatcom County, WA zoning laws and requirements

Whatcom County Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Whatcom County Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Whatcom County Residential Housing Units
 Whatcom CountyWashington
Total Housing Units95,5673,064,381
Occupied Housing Units85,008 (89.0%)2,800,423 (91.4%)
Whatcom County Occupied Residential Buildings
 Whatcom CountyWashington
Single-Family Detached Homes54,428 (64.0%)1,782,051 (63.6%)
Single-Family Attached Homes2,339 (2.8%)110,844 (4.0%)
2 Apartments2,885 (3.4%)66,245 (2.4%)
3 or 4 Apartments3,976 (4.7%)100,527 (3.6%)
5 to 9 Apartments3,670 (4.3%)127,774 (4.6%)
10 or More Apartments11,860 (14.0%)435,497 (15.6%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing5,850 (6.9%)177,485 (6.3%)
Whatcom County Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 Whatcom CountyWashington
2014 or Later1,950 (2.3%)62,312 (2.2%)
2010 to 20132,344 (2.8%)99,185 (3.5%)
2000 to 200914,711 (17.3%)440,508 (15.7%)
1980 to 199927,968 (32.9%)852,224 (30.4%)
1960 to 197920,267 (23.8%)712,540 (25.4%)
1940 to 19596,461 (6,461.0%)349,181 (349,181.0%)
1939 or Earlier11,307 (13.3%)284,473 (10.2%)
Whatcom County Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 Whatcom CountyWashington
1 Room2,768 (3.3%)74,460 (2.7%)
2 or 3 Rooms58,202 (68.5%)1,757,506 (62.8%)
4 or 5 Rooms29,639 (34.9%)909,467 (32.5%)
6 or 7 Rooms25,532 (30.0%)811,744 (29.0%)
8 or More Rooms16,099 (18.9%)650,359 (23.2%)
Whatcom County Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 Whatcom CountyWashington
No Bedroom3,101 (3.6%)85,244 (3.0%)
1 Bedroom7,671 (9.0%)307,033 (11.0%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms58,202 (68.5%)1,757,506 (62.8%)
4 or More Bedrooms16,034 (18.9%)650,640 (23.2%)
Whatcom County Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 Whatcom CountyWashington
With Complete Plumbing Facilities84,618 (99.5%)2,788,509 (99.6%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities83,777 (98.6%)2,771,941 (99.0%)