Permit Process Overview

In Development Services, we review and issue permits for construction projects, like new houses, kitchen remodels or furnace installations, and land uses, like placing a school in a neighborhood or dividing a property into multiple parcels.

All permits fall into two basic categories:  Those that require plan review and those that do not require plan review (also referred to as over-the-counter permits).

What's the difference? The distinction depends on your project's scope of work and complexity.

  1. No Plan Review Permits (Over-the-Counter-Permits)

  2. We issue the permit over-the-counter, which means you receive your permit the same day you apply. You do not need to submit plans or drawings with your application. We will inspect the work permitted when you request your inspection.

    • If you apply in person at City Hall, you will submit your application to a permit technician, pay for your permit, and receive your permit in one transaction.

    • If you apply online through MyBuildingPermit.com, the permit PDF will be emailed to you approximately 15 minutes after you apply.

  3. Plan Review Permits

  4. We need to review plans for your project, which means you must submit plans along with your application. Examples of plan review permits include projects for new construction and land use approvals.

    • If you apply in person at City Hall, you will submit your application and multiple sets of your plans to a permit technician and pay submittal fees for plan review. It is unlikely you will receive your permit the same day you apply. See our target timeline report to determine average review timelines by permit type.

    • If you apply online through MyBuildingPermit.com, you will upload PDFs of your plans and be billed for your submittal fees, which you can pay online with a Visa or MasterCard through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Permit Process Flowchart

This flowchart shows the basic permit process steps for plan review and no-plan review (i.e., over-the-counter) permits. The process begins with applying for a permit.  


Image of Bellevue's permit process flowchart, showing the process steps for plan review and no-plan review applications

Explore more about our permit process by clicking each of the topics listed below.

Apply

Apply

You have two options to apply for your permit:

  1. Online at Bellevue's permitting portal, My Building Permit

    Note:  Once you apply online, all transactions occur online through My Building Permit.

  2. In person at City Hall

Submit Plans

Submit Plans

  • Online at My Building Permit
    • Submit PDFs of your plans and project documents
    • Pay a portion of your permit fees

      Note: You will receive an invoice notification via email asking you to pay your fees if your submitted plans and documents are okay for us to begin our review.

  • In person at City Hall
    • Submit paper plans and project documents.
    • Note: When submitting paper plans, you are required to submit multiple copies of your plans and documents; review the submittal checklist for your permit to determine the correct number of required copies.

Review Plans

Review Plans

  • We review your plans and project documents to ensure that your project is aligned to our codes.
  • We may ask for additional information or revisions to your plans if we determine they are not aligned to code.
  • See our target timeline report

Submit Revised Plans

Submit Revised Plans

If you change the scope or design of your project or receive notification from us that your plans need to be revised, then you will submit revisions to us the same way you applied.

  • Online at My Building Permit:  Upload your revised plans and project documents through your My Building Permit plan review dashboard.

  • In person at City Hall:  Submit the same number of plans and project documents as you originally submitted.  For example, if you originally submitted three site plan and made changes to the site plan, then please submit three copies of the revised site plan.

Issue Permit

Issue Permit

Once we determine your plans and project documents are aligned with the codes, we will issue you a permit and copy of the approved plans (for construction permits) or we will issue you a decision (for land use permits).

For construction permits, we will need you to provide your contractor's Washington state's contractor license and Bellevue business license prior to issuance. 

  • Online at My Building Permit:
    • We will send you an invoice via email and ask that you pay online through My Building Permit.  (Note: You may also pay in person at City Hall, via mail, or by phone, but your permit will be issued electronically online.)
    • Once we receive your payment, we will upload a PDFs of your permit and approved plans or decision to your My Building Permit plan review dashboard.

  • In person at City Hall:
    • We will inform you via email that your permit is ready for pick up and what your permit balance is.
    • When you are ready to pick up your permit, please visit Permit Processing at City Hall. Remember to bring your payment with you; we accept Visa, MasterCard, cash or check.

Inspect Project

Inspect Project

Inspections are the next step in ensuring that your project is constructed to life and safety standards and codes.

Project Changes During Construction

Project Changes During Construction

If the scope or design of your project changes during construction, submit your revised plans to us for review. 

  • We will review the changes to ensure they are aligned to codes and then issue those changed plans to you.  Be sure to submit your revised plans through either online or in person, depending on how you originally submitted.

Archive Plans

Archive Plans

Check Permit Status

Check Permit Status

Throughout the permit process, you can check your permit status at My Building Permit. Permit history at property locations is also available on the status site. Learn more.


Online Permitting Services at MyBuildingPermit.com

Contact

Permit Processingfor Permit and Fee Information

Telephone

425-452-4898

Email

permits@bellevuewa.gov

Contact

Billing Customer Servicefor Monthly Invoices

Telephone

425-452-6860

Contact

Inspection Supportfor Inspection Information

Telephone

425-452-4570

Email

DS_Support@bellevuewa.gov
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