On May 2, the city of Bellingham will launch a Class B Electrical Permit Program for low-voltage projects — the permits are offered at a reduced rate and will give electrical contractors the option to purchase permits in advance and in bulk.
Permits are submitted by the contractor as the work is completed and monitored by random periodic inspections.
“We tailored the program after the method used by the State Department of Labor & Industries,” Jim Tinner, city building official, said in a press release. “This program will save contractors and their customers time and money, as well as reducing vehicle trips to City Hall.”
The city’s permit center will also continue its Bin-Bump-Up program this year. The program encourages green building projects by reducing building permit review time for certified green projects.
The Bin-Bump-Up program decreases standard permit review timelines for eligible projects by one “bump-up.” For example, a project that typically would be eligible for a 28-day review will be bumped-up to a seven-day review if it meets all applicable requirements, Tinner said.
Those projects also are eligible to schedule one integrated design meeting with the city’s new green project review team to identify potential code conflicts between the project’s concepts and city building codes.
“This program promotes green building projects by providing incentives at the permitting stage,” Tinner said in the release, adding that it has been coordinated with the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s (BIAWC) Built Green Program with support from Sustainable Connections.
For more information on the Class B program, call Tinner at (360) 778-8300 and for information on the Bin-Bump-Up program, call Steve Sundin at (360) 778-8359 or visit the city’s website.