It turned out to be a busy 2014 in terms of building permits in Bellingham and unincorporated Whatcom County.
Last year Bellingham issued permits on projects that totaled $188.5 million, the highest annual since 2007. The county issued permits for projects valued at $124.7 million last year, a 16 percent increase compared to 2013.
After a very busy 2012 and 2013, Ferndale issued permits for $23.5 million, the lowest annual total since 2010.
Here are the trends: