Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for working with community members, elected officials, project applicants, and others to establish a collective vision for the community. The department is tasked with establishing and enforcing regulations that will result in the realization of this vision.

Still have questions? Give us a call at (360) 685-2379.

What’s Being Built in My Neighborhood?

Public Notices, Tips for Effective Public Comments, Planning Commission and more

Long Range Planning

Public Notices, Comprehensive Plan, Hearing Examiner, Floodplain Management, Park Planning, Environmental Review, Long Range Transportation, Affordable Housing, Annexation/Urban Growth.

Annexations and Urban Growth Area

The City of Ferndale over time grows by bringing more land into City limit boundaries. This process is known as annexation, and it is done at the request and approval of property owners outside of the City limits in what is known as the Urban Growth Area.

Comprehensive Plan

Access the 2016 update of our Comprehensive Plan complete with graphics, visuals and video.

Mapping & GIS

Online Map Viewer, Documents, Survey Information

Online Permit Center

The Online Permit Center also provides public access to the current status of permits, permit reports, inspection requests and activity, as well as access to reference material and documentation.

Code Enforcement

Recent Issues, Municipal Code, HOAs, Nuisance Enforcement, Community Engagement

City Regulations & Codes

City Code, Development Standards, Design Standards, Development Standards, Nuisance Reporting

Upcoming Changes to the Energy Code

The Washington State Building Code Council has set the adoption of the updated 2018 Washington State Energy Code for Nov. 1st, 2020.

Learn more about what changes are in store with this presentation from Mike Lubliner, Building Science Specialist with the Washington State University Energy Program hotline.

Shoreline Management Program

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires each city and county to review, and, if necessary, revise their Shoreline Management Program (SMP) at least once every eight years. The legislature set a schedule that requires the City of Ferndale to complete this review by June 30, 2020.

Starting a Project? 

Whether you are making a renovation to your home or developing a subdivision, we have the information you need to get started. Click here to explore our permitting process, fee information, development resources and more.

WWU Urban Planning Partnership

In 2019, the City worked with the WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership Program to develop a plan for Ferndale’s downtown.

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