Resident Resources

Welcome to Sudden Valley

We are thrilled that you have decided to make Sudden Valley your home; we believe the Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the Northwest. Sudden Valley was conceived in the late 1960’s and is now the home to over 7,000 residents, plus an abundance of wildlife. While the animals may look gentle, please remember that they are wild – we discourage feeding deer or any other wildlife.


Sudden Valley is proud of its community and offers activities for all ages and abilities. There are eleven neighborhood parks, some with basketball courts and playground equipment for children. For a list of our amenities, click here. There are miles of hiking trails along the water’s edge and the upper woodlands. We also have an 18 hole golf course designed by the renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson, which offers the golfer two distinct nines. The front nine plays along the shore of the lake while the back nine is an adventure through the tree-lined hills.

Many of the recreational amenities, such as the Family Pool and Quiet Pool  have fees associated with their use for non-members. You can find the current rate sheet attached to many of these featured amenities on the website.

The Community Center, located inside Gate 2, is our recreation hub. It hosts a state of the art fitness center, coffee shop, free WiFi, a small reading center, and multiple activity rooms for kids of all ages.  The Family Pool, located adjacent to the Community Center, is an Olympic-size swimming pool perfect for the entire family. The Quiet Pool, located behind the Adult Center, and accessed through the gate next to the parking lot, is for the enjoyment of all SVCA members, but is intended for more mature users and has specific rules of conduct. Please visit the Recreation page for more information on this pool. Sudden Valley also has five tennis courts, a basketball court, a marina, a library, and miles of trails. There are reading clubs, card clubs, knitting clubs, and several other similar opportunities available.


Being that Sudden Valley is a homeowners association, there are covenants, rules, and restrictions (CC & R’s) that govern property within the Community. A few examples of these include (but are not limited to) restrictions on cutting or trimming trees and making changes to the exterior appearance of one’s property and fencing. Such activities require prior approval from our Architectural Committee. Check out our Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for more information. This may seem like an inconvenience, however such actions require review in order to preserve property values, wildlife safety, protection of soil stability, water quality and related aspects of drainage, and adherence to the overall concept of Sudden Valley.


Dues are due the first day of the month with a 30 day grace period, and thereafter interest and late fees will accrue. Payment books are mailed each year to owners.  Monthly dues payments can be set up through automatic withdrawal (ACH).

Click here for ACH enrollment for dues payments

For more information on ACH or questions on payments please contact our Accounts Receivable department at 734-6430 ext. 214.

Community Docs

The Sudden Valley Governing Documents consist of several documents which outline and describe the fundamental practices by which the land, the membership, the Board of Directors, the committee members and the staff members are governed.

The following links can be used to view sections of the 2014 Governing Documents by themselves; explanations of the various sections are also provided below.


Public Assistance

SVCA recognizes that from time to time our neighbors need a little help.  If you ever find yourself in need of assistance with your dues payments, we are here to help.  Please contact our Collections Specialist at (360) 746-8435 and we’ll be happy to work with you.  Additionally, please click HERE for other avenues of public assistance should the need arise.

Articles of Incorporation

Registered with the State of Washington Corporation Commission, the Articles establish the legal entity under which Sudden Valley operates. The Articles:

  • Identify the name of the corporation
  • Defines Sudden Valley as a non profit established under Section 24.03.35 RCW
  • Designates governance of the Association by a Board of Directors
  • Defines the responsibilities of the members to the Corporation

Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants are applicable to all Sudden Valley platted lots.

  • For the mutual and reciprocal benefit of each lot
  • The owner of the lots operate as covenants for the benefit of each lot
  • All plans and specifications for any structure or improvement whatsoever to be erected on any lot, and the proposed location thereof on any lot or lots, the construction material, the roofs and exterior color schemes, any later changes or additions after initial approval thereof, and any remodeling, reconstruction, alterations or additions thereto on any lot shall be subject to and shall require the approval in writing before any such work is commenced of the Architectural Control Committee (herein called “Committee”), as the same is from time to time composed


Are the standing rules governing the regulations of the internal affairs of Sudden Valley

  • Associations standards by which the meetings, voting, duties and audits will be conducted

Board Resolutions, Rules & Regulations

The resolutions, rules & regulations governing the Association’s operations are adopted by resolution by the Board of Directors and must be consistent with restrictions and powers contained in federal and state laws as well as the Association’s Deed, Articles of Incorporation, and Bylaws. They also must reasonably relate to the Association’s purposes and policies and, their enforcement must be reasonable and fair.

Architectural Control Committee Policies

In this section you will find the entire set of Architectural Control Committee Policies as revised periodically by the SVCA Board of Directors. The guidelines are administered by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), and enforced by the ACC, Security staff, and the Board of Directors.  The Fines schedule for violations is approved by the Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please contact ACC staff at 360-746-8531.

ACC Helpful Information

Listed here is helpful information from the ACC, including a comprehensive overview of things that are allowed without prior ACC approval.

ACC Request Forms

Please print the appropriate form below, fill it out, and drop it off at the Admin Office. You can use the night drop box below the Admin window to submit your request after business hours. 

Audited Financial Statements

Lake Whatcom Watershed – Tree Removal

Tree Removal Resources

Additional Info:

Contact Info:

  • Belinda Burk –
  • Michael Kershner –


Marina Resources

      • Contact Information for Marine Salvage Companies:
Company Name Contact Number Email Remarks
Global Diving & Salvage 800-441-3483
Top to Bottom Diving 360-671-7022
Vessel Assist (Seattle) 425-344-3056
Whatcom Waterfront Construction 360-920-8159

M/G Shipwright                                   360-371-3119                                                      Alternate number: 360-961-0613

Global Environmental                         206-623-0621                                                      DOE approved as primary response contractor
Ballard Diving and Salvage                 206-782-6750