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Community Planning

Comprehensive Plan

20-Year Vision and Roadmap for Bellingham's Future.

Development Codes & Incentives

Regulations that guide how and where development may occur

District Banners

For tourists and residents throughout Downtown, Arts District, Old Town and Fairhaven

Downtown Bellingham

Downtown Plan, development regulations and incentives, and projects that are underway

Historic Preservation

Photos, maps and resources for Bellingham's historic districts and landmarks

Housing and Human Services

Strategic planning for housing, human services and community development

Housing Statistics

New interactive story map detailing the housing statistics of Bellingham.

Housing FAQs

Why is housing so expensive, and what can the City do about it? Learn why here.

Multi-family Zoning: Achieving Intended Densities

Identify necessary changes to facilitate intended development patterns in RM zones.


Neighborhood plans, zoning tables, current amendment, rezone requests...

Opportunity Zones

Read about the possibilities in the Downtown and Waterfront Districts, as well as the Samish Way Urban Village.

Short-Term Rental Regulations

Learn more about this popular lodging choice and the rules related to them in Bellingham.

Surplus Lands Assessment

Methodology, Annual Reports and Action Plans

Transportation Planning

Bicycle Master Planning, safety programs, and six-year strategic planning

Urban Villages

Sub-area plans and development regulations for Bellingham

Utility Planning

Long-range plans for Bellingham's water, sewer and stormwater utilities

Waterfront District

Joint partnership with the Port of Bellingham for redevelopment of Bellingham's waterfront

Welcome to Bellingham!

A guide to local resources for new Bellingham residents