The City of Bellingham enforces the International Codes, Washington State
Amendments and Washington Administrative Code (WAC), all as adopted in the
Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 17. The Construction Administrative
Code set forth in BMC 17.10.020 replaces the administrative chapters of the
View a complete list (PDF).
A free online version of the
International Codes is available. To
purchase code books, see the
WABO Bookstore. These versions
of the codes do not include the Washington State Amendments, so please also
check the Washington State Building Code site (www.sbcc.wa.gov)
for amendments to the building codes.
Recent Bellingham Municipal Code Changes - Construction and Development
Ordinance 2011-08-048 clarifies the comprehensive plan amendment
procedures, adds new docketing criteria a revises the decision criteria.
Ordinance 2011-08-044 identifies the changes to the setback
requirements for buildings, parking / loading areas; as well as the
amended landscaping / screening requirements within a Residential,
Planned and Industrial, Planned zones.
Ordinance 2011-07-036 discusses which structures and architectural
elements are allowed to encroach into a required yard setback, how the
averaged building setback has been modified and reformats setback
standards into a table format.
Ordinance 2011-07-035 clarifies the definition of Floor Area or
Space and Floor Area Ratio
Chapter 20.25 Design
New Design Standards and Review Process effective November 24, 2006.
Title 16 Environment
BMC Chapter 16.50 Wetlands and Streams has been repealed and
replaced by Chapter 16.55 Critical Areas effective December 6, 2005.
Chapter 17.90 Historic Preservation (PDF) BMC 17.80 Landmark
Preservation has been repealed and replaced by Chapter 17.90 Historic
Preservation effective December 20, 2005. Ordinance 2005-12-094.