Plans, Drafting & Design


How can we help you in Point Roberts?

THE small HOUSE CATALOG is located in Point Roberts, Washington. We offer a variety of services to our design-clients, local builders, homeowners and Canadian/US architects seeking drafting & design, lot feasibility and permitting. No matter what size or style project we can help with,

  • Drafting & design

  • Permitting

  • Feasibility studies

  • and more…

Download our Permitting in Point Roberts PDF to learn more about all our services in Point Roberts.

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2019 Service & Fee Schedule

Drafting & Design Services: $1.00-$3.00 per square foot

We do projects of all sizes, small and large, and have done projects throughout Point Roberts. All new house plans are $3.00/SQ FT. Certain decks and smaller structures may be assessed at $1.00-$2.00/SQ FT.

What’s in a set of building plans? Read more here.

Natural Resource Assessments: $299.00 flat fee

Includes preliminary digital site plan, paperwork and required trip to the WCPDS building department. This service is offered to anyone who is purchasing a lot in Point Roberts (strongly recommended).

On site assessments & consultations: $100.00

One hour visit and consultation at your building site. Additional time, if required, is assessed at $100.00 per hour in 1/4 hour increments.

Permitting for (any) Building Plan $799.00

Flat rate permitting is available for any project and includes standard paperwork processing plus three required visits to the building department for pre-screening, intake and issuance. We permit our clients and homeowners, builders and architects with their own plans.

This package includes,

  • Building Permit Applications and typical associated paperwork

  • Encroachment Forms

  • Water Availability Permits (includes trip to Health Department for filing)

  • County required Pre-screening for plans (includes trip to building department)

  • Intake appointments for plans (includes trip to building department)

  • Issuance pick-ups for permits (includes trip to building department)

Additional paperwork is assessed at $100.00 per hour. Additional trips to Bellingham require over a one hundred 100 mile roundtrip.

Feasibility Studies $149.00

Includes one required trip to the building department in Bellingham. Recommended for all projects in Point Roberts to determine which, if any, county and/or state studies will be required for permitting. If you are purchasing land for development you should not purchase land until you have this report completed. Results are available same-day in most cases.

The Land Use Checklist checks for:

  • Archaeology

  • Habitat Conservation

  • Fire (Title 15)

  • Flood (WCC 17)

  • Geohazards (WCC 16.16)

  • Shoreline (WCC 23)

  • Watershed

  • Wetlands (WCC 16.16)

  • Land Disturbance

  • Forest Conversions (Washington State EPA - SEPA) & Tree Removal

  • Tree Retention

We also pull reports from the Health Department & Point Roberts Water District for:

  • Septic System Permit & ROSS

  • Sewer Connection (where applicable in town)

  • Water Availability

Studies must be done in person at the WCBDS office in Bellingham. We do these every two weeks. If you need a study done outside our time-frame there is an additional $50.00 rush fee (so $199.00 total) for same-day service.

Enhanced site plans (required for permitting) $499.00

Flat rate for scaled 24” x 36” site plans for residential building projects. Required for permitting.

Plan modifications (custom & stock requests) $100.00 per hour

Hourly rate for existing plan modifications for online customers and additional non-standard paperwork processing (e.g. Shoreline Exemption, DAHP, Washington State EPA, et al). Note: custom post-plan modifications for design-clients are discount 25% to $75.00 per hour.

Additional Trip fees $149.00

Flat rate trip fee for additional visits to the building department, auditor’s office, health department, engineering offices, or any other office located in Bellingham (or Whatcom County) that are required for permitting. These trips are atypical but can occur on certain projects and are difficult because of the over 100-mile roundtrip drive. I make these trips every two weeks. If you need faster service there is a surcharge of $50.00 per trip ($199.00 per rush trip).

Referrals (Free)

Point Roberts has a unique set of challenges and we offer recommendations on local contractors, US & Canadian suppliers and products to our clients.