Building in Ferndale
The City of Ferndale strives to maintain a predictable, efficient development review process. Due to the variety of developments that may be proposed, the City has established several permit processes that are intended to generally relate to the overall complexity or type of the project – but are not necessarily related to the project’s overall size. Please note that the City’s zoning regulations control what types of projects are allowed in different areas of the City.
Step 1: What is Being Proposed
The size and scope of your project determines how we process your application.
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- Building a house in an existing subdivision
- Starting a business in a commercial area
- Adjusting lot lines
- Remodeling (commercial or residential)
- Subdivisions of four lots or less
These uses are typically considered “Permitted” or “Administrative” uses that are reviewed and approved by professional City Staff. Click the link above to get the details.
- Variance Requests
- Conditional Use Permits
- Home Occupations with outside employees, multiple clients per day
- Appeals of Administrative Decisions
These uses require a decision by the Ferndale Hearing Examiner, and may include a public hearing. Click the link above to get the details.
- Subdivisions of five lots or more
- Planned Unit Developments
Major projects such as Planned Unit Developments require a recommendation by the Ferndale Hearing Examiner and final approval of the Ferndale City Council. Click the link above to get the details.
- Property Rezones
- Changing City code
- Comprehensive Plan Amendments
These actions alter City policy and typically require a decision by the City Council based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission. Click the link above to get the details.