State of Washington





County of Whatcom





City of Bellingham










We, the undersigned, Freeholders of the City of Bellingham elected on the 2nd day of November, 1971, pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington, for the purpose of preparing a new Charter for the City, do hereby certify that the foregoing Charter has been prepared by us and is hereby submitted as the Charter for the City of Bellingham.






In Witness Whereof, we have here unto set our hands this 12th day of May, 1972.






Jeanne Beacom

Eldridge Carr

John Graham

Arne Hanna

Ronald Jepson

Nate Knuzmann

Glenn Larson

Alfred Loop

Jack Ludwigson

Laura McBeath

Michael Mischaikow

Ed O’Connor

Gerald O. Rhea

Al Swift

Fred Veroske






Subscribed and Sworn to before me this 12th day of May, 1972.









Charles Olson





Notary Public in and for the State





of Washington, residing at Bellingham.







Approved as to form:




Charles Olson




Of Olson & Olson




Attorney for Freeholders









Sections 2.01, 2.03, 2.07, 3.04 and 10.07 of the 1973 Charter were amended by vote of the people pursuant to Article XIII of this Charter at the November 3, 1981, General Municipal Election.










(Bellingham 10-82)


of the


Published by Authority of the City Council 1973

As Amended in 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2004 and 2006


We, the citizens of the City of Bellingham, wishing to establish a government more responsive to the people, more efficient in its operation and more open to that essential ingredient, the concerned participation of citizens, do hereby adopt the following Charter.