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This page provides information regarding permit process news and updates. Examples of updates posted on this page include new services or changes to existing processes.  

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Downtown and BelRed development showcased at March 26 event

Mobility project, community planning and business resource information featured at March 26 BelRed Transformation “Coffee and Conversation” event

The BelRed area is changing rapidly, and it’s not just East Link light rail construction. To help residents and others keep track, the city is hosting “BelRed Transformation: Coffee and Conversation.”

The informative event will take place Tuesday, March 26, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Global Innovation Exchange building, 12280 NE District Way in the Spring District, Bellevue’s newest neighborhood.

Attendees are encouraged to register beforehand at AccessBellevue.eventbrite.com by 5 p.m. Friday, March 22.

On hand will be city staff from the Transportation, Community Development and Development Services departments, as well as representatives from Sound Transit, the state Department of Transportation, King County Parks and Choose Your Way Bellevue, which provides commute services to residents, employees and employers.

Attendees can interact with experts on a variety of topics:

  • Transportation: In addition to East Link, improvements are being made to Northeast Spring Boulevard, 124th and 130th avenues northeast; the Eastside Rail Corridor trail; and the SR 520/124th Avenue Northeast interchange.
  • Community planning: Projects include BelRed Look Back, the BelRed arts district, 130th Avenue Northeast public art, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, the Grand Connection and the Wilburton commercial area study.
  • Business resources: Includes the city’s economic development program, Small Business Development Center, Startup 425 and Sound Transit’s Business Relations Program.

Spring District walking tour: Staff from the city, Sound Transit and developer Wright Runstad will lead two walking tours of the Spring District, beginning at 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Free, but limited parking is available; the garage entrance is on the east side of the GIX building. A transit option is via Metro’s RapidRide B line, with a bus stop at Northeast Eighth Street and 124th Avenue Northeast. Another alternative is to rent an electric-assist Lime bike; download the app at li.me.

More information on the BelRed area and its evolution is available at BellevueWA.gov/accessbellevue.

We're aiming for 100% paperless permitting in 2019!

Eight years after we launched paperless permitting, we're aiming for all customers to apply for permits online by the end of 2019. The number of permits processed electronically has been steadily rising, from just 36 percent of permit applications submitted electronically in 2011 to 85 percent in 2018.

The first wave of changes is coming our way soon. Beginning March 1, 2019 all building, fire, utilities, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sign, right of way, wireless and clearing & grading permit applications must be submitted online at MyBuildingPermit.comPaper applications and plans for these permit types will no longer be accepted after this date. 

Land use and shoreline permit applications must be submitted in person with paper applications; these permit applications will go online later this year.

Using the regional portal MyBuildingPermit.com, customers can:

  • apply and pay for permits;
  • request and cancel inspections;
  • check permit status and history; and
  • find construction tip sheets and inspection checklists.

Understanding that some customers may need assistance using online permitting services, we have provided links to how-to guides and videos on our website and will provide in-person assistance in the permit center at City Hall. We also plan to host workshops for our customers later this spring.

We began offering online permitting services in response to customer requests for it. The Paperless Permitting Initiative transforms not only the way customers access permitting information and services, but also how we do our work, enabling beginning-to-end electronic application processing, review and inspection.

For more information about the Paperless Permitting Initiative, contact Monica Brown at 425-452-6128 or mgbrown@BellevueWA.gov.

Permit Fees Increase Jan. 1, 2019

The following changes to Development Services permit fees are effective January 1, 2019 and reflect the:

  • Results of the Cost of Service Study (COSS) performed for Land Use, Fire, Transportation, and Utilities hourly rates
  • Updated building valuation data (BVD) table published by the International Code Council (ICC) to reflect the change in construction valuation from August 2017 to August 2018 with the Washington State modifier of 1.16 from July 2018.
  • 3.6% adjustment to building review and inspection fees by Consumer Price Index-W

Hourly Review and Inspection Rates

  • Land Use review: $179 (3.5% increase)
  • Transportation review & inspection: $188 (2.7% increase)
  • Fire review & inspection: $169 (3.0% increase)
  • Utilities review & inspection: $161 (2.5% increase)

School Impact Fees

  • Issaquah School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $15,276
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $4,399
  • Renton School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $6,877
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $2,455

Transportation Impact Fees

Price per single-family dwelling unit: $5,139

More information:

Visit the public records center and see Ordinance No. 6433 (School Impact Fees) and 6439 (Development Services Fees) as reviewed and approved by City Council on November 19 and December 3, 2018.

Visit our Fee and Payment Information web page for a complete list of our fees by permit type.


Previous Years


New Customer Dashboard on MyBuildingPermit coming Dec. 2

This weekend MyBuildingPermit, the City of Bellevue's online permitting portal, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 due to system upgrades.

If you use MyBuildingPermit to apply for permits online, please note that one major upgrade will be a new and improved customer dashboard with enhanced features.

Here are two opportunities to catch a sneak peek at the upgraded customer dashboard:

  1. Four-minute video showing what’s new!
  2. Live demo via Skype – Thursday, Nov. 29 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Visit the “What’s Happening” section of the MyBuildingPermit homepage to find a link to the live demo.

Paperless Permitting Workshops Thursday, Dec. 6

Paperless Permitting Workshops

  • Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. – Bellevue City Hall
  • Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. – Bellevue City Hall

Seven years after Development Services launched paperless permitting, the city aims for all customers to apply for permits online by the end of 2019. The number of permits processed electronically has been steadily rising, from just 36 percent of permit applications submitted electronically in 2011 to 85 percent so far this year.

Using the regional portal MyBuildingPermit.com, customers can:

  • apply and pay for permits;
  • request and cancel inspections;
  • check permit status and history; and
  • find construction tip sheets and inspection checklists.

Understanding that some customers may need assistance using online permitting services, Development Services is hosting two workshops at Bellevue City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

During the one-hour workshop, Development Services staff will show customers how to create an account and apply for a permit online using the city's online permitting portal, MyBuildingPermit.com. Customers are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet for one-on-one assistance.

To register for a workshop, contact Monica Brown at 425-452-6128 or mgbrown@BellevueWA.gov.

Check out our Permit Fee Estimator!

Development Services now has an online permit fee estimator, which allows you to calculate estimated permit submittal and issuance fees.

The permit fee estimator is a quick and easy tool that provides general information about permits and their potential cost. It is not the actual permit fee or a quote, just an estimate of what cost you may incur based on the information you provide.

The process for most estimates should be two to five steps.

Permit Data Now Available on Open Data Portal

Bellevue’s permitting data (1998 to present) is now available on our city’s Open Data portal.

Permit Fees Increase Jan. 1, 2018

The following changes to Development Services permit fees are effective January 1, 2018 and reflect the:

  • Results of the Cost of Service Study (COSS) performed for Land Use, Fire, Transportation, and Utilities hourly rates
  • Updated building valuation data (BVD) table published by the International Code Council (ICC) to reflect the change in construction valuation from August 2016 to July 2017 with the Washington State modifier of 1.15 from July 2017
  • 3.0% adjustment to building review and inspection fees by Consumer Price Index-W

Hourly Review and Inspection Rates

  • Land Use review:  $173 (3.6% increase)
  • Transportation review & inspection:   $183 (4.6% increase)
  • Fire review & inspection:  $164 (7.2% increase)
  • Utilities review & inspection:  $157 (6.8% increase)

School Impact Fees

  • Issaquah School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $ 8,762
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $ 3,461
  • Renton School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $ 7,772
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $ 1,570

Transportation Impact Fees

Price per single-family dwelling unit: $4,989

More information:

See Ordinance No. 6386 (School Impact Fees) and 6387 (Development Services Fees) as reviewed and approved by City Council on November 6 and 27, 2017.

Visit our Fee and Payment Information webpage for a complete list of our fees by permit type.

Feedback Wanted for Permit Status Site Redesign

The MyBuildingPermit.com permit status site is being redesigned. The permit status site is where you can find permit information (like project name, description, contacts, status) as well as permit history for an address.

If you use our permit status site, then please consider taking this short survey. We value your feedback and suggestions. Thank you!


Learn more about MyBuildingPermit.com and the regional eCityGovAlliance.

Online Applications for Land Use Permits

Online Applications for Land Use Permits

Effective Jan. 23, 2017, you can no longer apply for the following land use permits online through My Building Permit; you must submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall.

Permit Name—Type

  1. Administrative Conditional Use—LA
  2. Clearing & Grading in Critical Areas – GJ
  3. Conditional Use – Shoreline Management—WA
  4. Conditional Use—LB
  5. Critical Areas—LO
  6. Design Review—LD
  7. Final Short Plat—LF
  8. Home Occupation—LH
  9. Land Use Approval Amendment—LI
  10. Master Development Plan—LP
  11. Planned Unit Development—LK
  12. Preliminary Plat—LL
  13. Preliminary SEPA Review—LM
  14. Preliminary Short Plat—LN
  15. Shoreline Exemption with SEPA – WE
  16. Substantial Development with SEPA—WG
  17. Variance—LS

This temporary change is to allow staff time to streamline and improve processes. We do not have a date for when these land use permits will be available online through My Building Permit.

For permit submittal and fee questions, contact Permit Processing:

For code questions, contact Land Use:

Permit Fees Increase Jan. 1, 2017

The following changes to Development Services permit fees are effective January 1, 2017 and reflect the:

  • Results of the Cost of Service Study (COSS) performed for Land Use, Fire, Transportation, and Utilities hourly rates
  • Updated building valuation data (BVD) table published by the International Code Council (ICC) to reflect the change in construction valuation from August 2015 to July 2016 with the Washington State modifier of 1.14 from July 2016
  • 2.0% adjustment to building review and inspection fees by Consumer Price Index-W

2017 Hourly Review and Inspection Rates

  • Land Use review: $167 (3.1% increase)
  • Transportation review & inspection: $175 (3.6% increase)
  • Fire review & inspection: $153 (3.4% increase)
  • Utilities review & inspection: $147 (4.3% increase)

School Impact Fees

  • Issaquah School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $ 7,921
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $ 2,386
  • Renton School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit: $ 6,432
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit: $ 1,448

Transportation Impact Fees

  • Price per single-family dwelling unit: $4,844

Other fees:

A stormwater permit will be combined with a single-family residential building permit.

More information:

See Ordinance No. 6263 as reviewed and approved by City Council on 12/5, and 11/14 (School District).

2016 Customer Survey Results Are In!

Customer Survey Results Are In!

In 2016, we asked you how we are doing to deliver our services. The results of that survey are in! By providing your feedback, we are able to identify areas where things are going well and where we need to improve. 

View the survey results.

We greatly appreciate the time you took to provide feedback and will use the survey results to improve our services to you. We will publish future updates about our progress on this page.

Maximum Plan Set Page Size

Maximum Plan Set Page Size

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the maximum plan set page size for paper and electronic submittals will be 24" x 36".  

You may request a waiver to allow a larger page size if the plan view dimensions of your project exceed 140’ x 200’ (this includes new buildings, additions, and tenant improvements).

The dimensions in the schedule below may be used as a guideline to determine which paper size is appropriate for your project. If you need a page size larger than 24” x 36” and would like to request a waiver of this requirement, ask to meet with the plans examiner at the Building Desk in the Development Services Center prior to submitting your application.

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