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    City Scaling Back Inspections

    Update: March 26, 2020

    The City of Bellevue is scaling back inspection service in response to the governor’s March 23 Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) and the governor’s March 25 memo providing construction guidance. Consistent with the governor’s directive and guidance, the city will continue to provide inspections for essential projects and emergency conditions as described in the governor’s proclamation and memo.

    Protecting the health and safety of our inspectors and the public is the city’s highest priority in the delivery of inspection services. City inspectors have been directed to not enter areas where required social distancing and the protection of public health and safety requirements of the governor’s order cannot be achieved, including areas where any parties display symptoms of COVID-19-like illnesses. Inspections will be cancelled where this directive cannot be achieved.

    Contractors or owners who request inspections for emergency or essential work are asked to notify the city in advance if anyone on the job site or in the building area where the inspection will occur has experienced any symptoms of concern relative to COVID-19. Based on this information, city management will determine if the City can perform the inspection and will ensure inspectors are prepared to use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    To implement the governor’s order, city staff from the Development Services, Fire, Transportation and Utilities departments will perform inspections for construction projects for non-residential (i.e. commercial) facilities or services that are identified as essential in the Governor’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list. In addition, the City will be performing inspections for any work that is emergency repair, or ensures structural integrity, including replacement or maintenance. Other inspections of single-family and multi-family residential construction will not be performed, including but not limited to inspections of new construction, additions, and remodels.

    Examples of projects for which the city will provide inspections include the following:


    We will provide inspections for the following emergency-related activities for both residential construction (single-family and multi-family) and non-residential construction:

    Water service, sewer, storm drainage and flood prevention, furnace, heat pump, electrical systems (service, etc.), water heater, fire sprinkler, fire alarm, plumbing, weather protection, structural, and utility disconnections from essential public works facilities, such as the public water, sewer, or drainage systems. Exception: If the inspection requires entry into an occupied dwelling, please note the occupancy in your inspection request and contact the inspector between 7 and 8 a.m. for a determination on whether the inspection can and should be performed or postponed to a later date.

    COMMERCIAL (not including multi-family)

    The following are broad categories of possible essential projects. The city will screen requests for inspection to determine if they meet the specific criteria of the Governor’s order.


    Drug stores & grocery stores

    Retail supplying essential sectors

    Schools (public & private childcare through college)

    Government operations (state & local)

    Emergency services

    Food and agriculture

    Energy (e.g. vehicle fueling, PSE projects)

    Data and telecommunication systems

    Water, wastewater, stormwater

    Transportation / mass transit


    Permit Center Temporarily Closed at City Hall

    Release Date: March 13, 2020

    In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimize infections, the Development Services Permit Center has been closed to walk in customers until further notice. This is a proactive measure to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our customers, community members, and employees.

    Development Services will continue to provide services electronically. Staff will still be available by phone and email to assist customers and answer questions. Staff will be monitoring email and voice mail messages during regular business hours. A response to your voice mail or email message will be returned within 24 hours. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership in protecting our community from further spread of the novel coronavirus.


    Development Services Department Contacts

    For assistance with application submittal and payment please contact permit processing 425-452-4898 | permits@bellevuewa.gov

    24/7 Online Permitting Services: http://mybuildingpermit.com

    Public Records Center: Submit a Request

    Development Services offers one-stop permit shopping for land and building development in Bellevue and the surrounding service areas. We review plans, inspect projects and investigate code violations. These services ensure that projects are safe and aligned with federal, state and city codes.


    Our permitting process is 100% paperless. All permit applications and plans will be submitted online at MyBuildingPermit.com.

    For information about Bellevue's Comprehensive Plan and long-range planning projects, see Community Development.

    Our Mission:

    Facilitate appropriate and timely development by:

    • Delivering a process that is predictable, efficient, and understandable to the people who use it.
    • Acting as a single organization – “One City” – in the delivery of development services, not separate departments working independently.
    • Ensuring that we protect the quality of the public and private infrastructure, the safety and integrity of the built environment, and the livability of the city.


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

    Business Hours
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays

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