As of July 1st, 2010, the City of Bellingham
will enforce the following International Codes, Washington State Amendments,
Washington Administrative Code (WAC), and Structural Criteria, all as
adopted in the Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 17.
View a complete list (PDF).
International Building Code became effective in all Washington State
cities and counties in July of 2004, and was adopted by reference into the
Bellingham Municipal Code. To purchase code books, see the
Additionally, it is important to also check the Washington State Building
Code site for amendments to the building codes. See
www.sbcc.wa.gov for complete details.
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 indentifies 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BMC Chapter 16.50 Wetlands and Streams has been repealed and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Preservation has been repealed and replaced by Chapter 17.90 Historic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.