210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
The mission of the Bellingham Municipal Court is to administer the operations of the judicial branch of City government in a neutral and effective manner and ensure access to justice for all citizens. ~ Judge Debra Lev
The most common criminal cases heard in the Bellingham Municipal Court include assault, malicious mischief, theft, driving under the influence of intoxicants (“DUI”), trespassing, violation of protective orders, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct, and minor in possession or consumption of alcohol. Many of the Court's cases involve domestic violence. The Court also hears thousands of civil infractions, primarily involving traffic and parking violations, each year.
Kelli Linville, a fourth-generation Whatcom County resident, small business owner, educator and former state legislator with more than four decades of community service, became the Mayor of Bellingham on January 1, 2012. She was elected to a second term in November 2015.
Mayor Linville is the City of Bellingham's first woman mayor. She brings to her position a great passion for community service and excellence in government and decades of experience as a public servant.
A lifetime of experience in our community
Mayor Linville was born and raised in Bellingham. She is a 1966 graduate of Bellingham High School and holds bachelor's (1974) and master's (1981) degrees in speech-language pathology from Western Washington University. She worked for 16 years as a speech pathologist in the Bellingham Public Schools and was active in the Bellingham Education Association, including serving as the organization's president in 1989.
She was elected in 1992 to represent the 42nd District in the Washington State House of Representatives, serving 1993-1994. She lost her bid for re-election, only to be appointed to fill a vacant seat in 1995. She won seven successive re-election bids for her 42nd District seat, serving through December 2010, for a total legislative service of 17 years.
We're Here to Help your Business Succeed
The City of Bellingham has a long history of partnering with businesses, and offering the help and guidance they need to be successful. We have assisted companies, like Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookies, expand in Bellingham, and companies, like Index Sensors relocate to our City. We're here to help Bellingham - and the people and businesses within it - thrive.
"Bellingham is a success story. We are home to some of the best innovators and collaborators on this planet"
- Bellingham Mayor, Kelli Linville
Why Do Business in Bellingham?
Ideally located between two large urban areas - Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA - Bellingham offers five higher-educational institutions, a myriad of business support agencies, special incentives, a supportive community and an unmatched lifestyle. The business properties stretch from our eclectic downtown, to port property along Bellingham Bay, to industrial property in the Irongate community, and beyond. While our community gets to enjoy the natural beauty of Mt. Baker and the Puget Sound, we also benefit from having nearly 6 million customers within a 90-mile radius.
The Most Robust Incentives in the State
Take advantage of tax reductions, expedited permitting, reduced fees and more. We offer special discounts and incentives for projects that reflect our community goals, including: sustainable development, affordable housing and historic preservation.
- Sustainable development : Green building projects are eligible for special support and expedited permitting. You can also get tax credits and free reductions for solar power installation.
- Urban villages : Get property tax reductions and reduced fees for construction projects located in dense, mixed-use areas. You could also qualify for reduced B&O taxes.
- Affordable housing : New housing developments that provide affordably-priced units can qualify for expedited permitting and fee reductions of up to 80%.
- Historic preservation : Projects that preserve and reuse historic buildings can qualify for a 10-year property tax reduction, among other incentives.