Chapter 4.82


4.82.010    Repealed.

4.82.020    Repealed.

4.82.040    Advertising expenses and nonpublic expenses.

4.82.060    Ambulance service rates.

4.82.010 Police department services – Fees.

Repealed by Ord. 2013-11-081. [Code 1980 at § 1.32.010].

4.82.020 Police department services – Recordkeeping and deposit.

Repealed by Ord. 2013-11-081. [Code 1980 at § 1.32.020].

4.82.040 Advertising expenses and nonpublic expenses.

The finance director shall charge and collect in advance the costs of advertising and all incidental expenses connected with any proceeding, resolution, or ordinance for franchise; vacation of streets, alleys, or plats; and all items of expense connected with any proceeding of the city and incurred on behalf of or at the request of individuals and not of a general public nature.

All such moneys so collected shall be paid into the city treasury in the manner provided by charter. [Code 1980 at § 1.32.040].

4.82.060 Ambulance service rates.

The following rates are established for ambulance service to users of the Bellingham fire department EMS service:

A. Base rates plus those charges described in subsections (B) and (C) of this section.


Emergency Medical:



Basic life support (BLS) transport



Advanced life support (ALS) no transport*



Advanced life support transport ALS 1*



Advanced life support transport ALS 2*



Specialty Care Transport*



Unsuccessful Resuscitation*

up to $950.00


The ambulance service fee for unsuccessful resuscitation is billed at the highest level of intervention provided, either BLS, ALS 1 or ALS 2.





Nonemergency Scheduled Transfers:



Basic life support



Advanced life support transport ALS 1*






Mileage per mile:


Calculated from the point at which the patient is accepted to the point of delivery



Basic life support transport



Advanced life support transport*






Multiple patients in one ambulance:



Billed in accordance with Medicare guidelines; bill full base rate; Medicare prorates for additional patients.

Current ALS* or BLS rate

The fees set forth above as ALS service fees and marked with an asterisk (“*”) shall be established by ordinance by the Whatcom County council. In the event that the Whatcom County council establishes an ALS service fee that differs from those set forth above, the ALS service fee established by the Whatcom County council shall govern.

The rates established in this section shall be effective the first of the month following approval by the Bellingham city council.

BLS ambulance fees will be adjusted annually, on January 1st, based on the previous 12-month average October to October CPI-U for greater Seattle area, but shall not be decreased. Rates will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

ALS ambulance fees will be adjusted in accordance with ALS fees adopted by Whatcom County council. [Ord. 2014-04-020 § 1; Ord. 2007-08-063; Ord. 2004-08-057; Ord. 2000-12-092; Ord. 10608, 1995; Ord. 10529, 1994; Ord. 10365, 1992; Ord. 10159 § 2, 1991; Ord. 9882, 1988; Ord. 9851 § 1, 1988; Ord. 9496 § 2, 1985; Ord. 9054 § 1, 1982; Ord. 8907 § 1, 1980; Ord. 8829 § 1, 1980; Ord. 8725 § 1, 1978; Ord. 8631 § 1, 1977].