Public Works Advisory Board


The Board shall advise the Mayor and City Council regarding Public Works development standards and policies relating to public and private construction.

Typical Decisions

The Board may provide input into the development of Capital Improvement Plans and advise on City plans for street, water, sewer and stormwater management. The Board may be requested by the Mayor or Council to review capital construction projects and advise concerning the Public Works Department consultant qualification and selection process. The Board may provide assistance and recommendation on technical matters relating to Public Works decisions and issues involving City of Bellingham development standards or construction practices.

Time Requirements

Meetings are typically held quarterly, the second Tuesday of January, April, July, and October, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Board Room at City Hall. Additional sub-committee meetings may be scheduled as needed.  See Meetings and Events for currently scheduled meetings.


The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor with the confirmation of City Council. The initial term of four of the Board's initial members shall be for two years, and the term of the three other initial members shall be four years. Subsequent terms of all members shall be for four years. Initial members serving for two years may be reappointed by the Mayor. Six members shall be selected from the following professions: Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture, Land Surveying, General Contracting, and Home Building. In addition, one at-large member who has working knowledge of public works, design, building and construction shall be selected. All members must have also lived in Bellingham for at least two years.


Main Office

Public Works Advisory Board
Public Works Department
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: (360) 778-7900