Community Development Services

Department Overview

The Community Development Services Department's functions include:
  • Guiding and regulating community growth and development in a manner that protects environmental resources;
  • Enhancing quality of life;
  • Promoting distinctive neighborhoods and a healthy downtown;
  • Involving citizens in the decisions that affect them;
  • Community planning;
  • Development regulations;
  • Construction regulation;
  • Parks and recreation management.

Sign Up to Receive Notices of Development Projects

Sign up to our listserve to receive notices of applications for major development permits here

Sign Up to Receive Notices of SEPA Determinations

If you would like to be notified of SEPA determinations, sign up to our listserve for SEPA determinations here

Planning and Building Permits

Looking to build something or start a business in Blaine? The Community Development Services Department oversees the use and development of properties within the city to ensure public safety and compliance with local codes and regulations.

What Permits are Needed?

Depending on the scope of your project, you may need different permits from Planning and Zoning and/or Building Services. Check on permit requirements before you start the work to save yourself time and money.

Apply Now

Ready to get started?

APPLY VIA E-MAIL: Effective July 12, 2021, all new permit applications must now be submitted electronically.

E-mail Your Application Materials* to

* READ: Electronic Permit Submittal Instructions

Please be sure to submit a complete application, including all relevant forms and required documentation. We cannot process an incomplete application. Failure to provide all of the required information will delay the processing of your application. 

You may contact the Community Development Services staff by email or by phone at 360-332-8311 where our knowledgeable staff can determine the types of permits, documents, forms, and other project-specific information that will be required.