Electrical, Mechanical & Plumbing Permits


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Electrical Permits

Examples when you need an electrical permit:

Examples when you don't need an electrical permit:

  • Adding fewer than 10 telecommunication outlets
  • Replacing individual broken switches, outlets or circuit breakers
  • Installing speaker systems in a single-family residence

Explore our electrical permits below.

Electrical Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

Electrical Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

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Examples of projects that require you to submit plans with your electrical application: (BG / BF)

  • New non-residential building
  • New multifamily residential projects (three (3) or more dwelling units per building)
  • Installations or alterations over 2,500 square feet
  • Existing or new non-residential or multifamily residential projects including:
  • Increase in load of 100 amps or more
  • Any installation or alteration in a space with health or personal care, educational and institutional occupancy categories
  • Photovoltaic Systems and Wind Driven Generator System on non-residential, multifamily residential and single family residential properties
  • Where 60% or more of the lighting luminaries are new

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Electrical Permit - Residential

Electrical Permit - Residential

 Email Link To This Residential Electrical Permit

All residential electrical permits are issued the same day and do not require you to submit plans. (BF)

Examples of projects that require you to get a residential electrical permit:

  • Installing a new or replacing an electrical panel
  • Installing or replacing wiring and circuits

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Electrical Permit - Residential Solar Panels

Electrical Permit - Residential Solar Panels 

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All solar photovoltaic (PV) systems require an electrical permit and, in some cases, a building permit. Learn more about solar panels, also called solar photovoltaic systems.


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Mechanical Permits

Examples when you need a mechanical permit:

  • Replacing “like-for-like” HVAC equipment. All new equipment must meet current codes.
  • Installing piping and appliances that use natural and other fossil fuels
  • Installing a generator (fuel appliance).
  • condensate – usually designed by a plumber, this requires a mechanical permit 

Examples when you don't need a mechanical permit:

  • Self-contain refrigeration equipment less than 10 pounds of refrigerant and/or less than 1 HP (and no refrigerant line welding) are exempt.
  • Auto shops that install air and fluids for serving vehicles does not fall under the building codes.

Things you should know:

  • Town homes designed under the IRC do not require a plan review.
  • Walk-in coolers require a building permit.
  • Self-contained refrigeration (evaporator & condensing unit) might require a mechanical permit.
  • Site plans are required to verify intake and exhaust distances from property lines, roads, parking lots and other buildings. They are not needed if all work is inside the building.

Explore our mechanical permits below.

Mechanical Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

Mechanical Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

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Examples of projects that require you to submit plans with your mechanical application: (BL / BK)

  • New, additions, alterations and replacement to non-residential building
  • New, additions, alterations and replacement to multifamily residential projects (three or more dwelling units per building)
  • Townhomes over three stories
  • Relocation or addition of 15 or more diffusers or grilles
  • Relocation or addition of five or more VAV boxes
  • Penetration of fire-rated construction
  • Cooking equipment, commercial kitchen hoods (Type I and II)
  • Refrigeration
  • HVAC equipment
  • Fuel gas distribution piping and equipment, fuel gas-fired appliances, fuel gas-fired appliance venting and fuel tanks
  • Boiler venting and combustion air (Boilers are permitted thru L&I, a boiler is any water heater over 199 MBH)
  • Exterior work in a Design District
  • Rooftop installations: screening required
  • Generators

NOTE: Many buildings in Bellevue have Smoke Control systems. Any mechanical work in one of these buildings will require the applicant to verify the affects to the smoke control system.


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Mechanical Permit - Residential

Mechanical Permit - Residential

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All residential mechanical permits are issued the same day and do not require you to submit plans.

Examples of projects that require you to get a residential mechanical permit:

  • Installing a new or replacing an old water heater
  • Installing a new or replacing an old heat pump or furnace
  • Installing new equipment like fireplace inserts or laundry/bath fans

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Plumbing Permits

Examples when you need a plumbing permit:

  • Replace an electric water heater
  • Install water service from meter to house, including irrigation backflow preventer
  • Alter piping inside a wall, ceiling or beneath a floor (including removing and replacing a shower or bath tub)
  • Install new plumbing where it did not exist previously
  • Install or replace any fixture or valve in a commercial kitchen

Examples when you don't need a plumbing permit:

  • Repair or replace sinks, toilets or faucets not concealed in a wall in a code-compliant manner
  • Repair or replace countertops, shower heads, rain gutters or downspouts
  • Install a water feature or exterior hot tub that is filled by a hose

Explore our plumbing permits below.

Plumbing Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

Plumbing Permit - Commercial or Multifamily

 Email Link To This Plumbing Permit

Examples of projects that require you to submit plans with your plumbing application:

  • New non-residential building
  • New multifamily residential projects (three or more dwelling units per building)
  • Roof drains and overflow systems

Any work involving:

  • Medical gas piping
  • Commercial kitchens, Food preparation, Food service **King County Health Department approval required
  • Hazardous waste
  • Laboratory
  • Oil or sand interceptor, waste interceptor, grease interceptor or grease trap installation
  • Sumps (residential sump pumps need prior approval (mandatory job conference) but not plan review)
  • Underslab or footing drains within the building

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Plumbing Permit - Residential

Plumbing Permit - Residential

 Email Link To This Residential Plumbing Permit

All residential plumbing permits are issued the same day and do not require you to submit plans. (BN)

Examples of projects that require you to get a residential plumbing permit:

  • Installing a shower or bathtub.
  • Installing new bathroom and kitchen fixtures, such as toilets, sinks or laundry tubs

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Contact

450 110th Ave NEP.O. Box 90012Bellevue, WA 98009

Business Hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays

Telephone

425-452-4898

Hearing Impaired

711

Email

permits@bellevuewa.gov
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