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This page provides information about proposed and adopted code amendments related to Development Services. Visit our Codes and Guidelines page for complete information on our city code, ordinances and resolutions.

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Proposed Amendments

We will be developing permanent regulations for reduced minimum residential parking near frequent transit that are consistent with the city’s Affordable Housing Strategy and recent State legislation. Staff will begin reviewing options for minimum residential parking standards and evaluating possible alternatives.

Learn more about the Reduced Minimum Residential Parking Standards.

We will be developing code amendments to the City’s floodplain development regulations in the Land Use Code (LUC). The proposed code changes are driven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which published updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and updated Flood Insurance Studies (FISs).

Learn more about the Floodplain Regulations Update.

The State of Washington will be adopting the 2018 International Building and Fire Code on November 1, 2020. Permit applications submitted after this date will need to comply with the new 2018 updated codes.

Our 2018 Code Updates presentation highlights the significant code changes at the national, state and local level. If you wish to provide input on the adoption of these new codes, send your feedback to 2018ICodes@Bellevuewa.gov.

We are working to integrate the East Link light rail station with the surrounding neighborhoods. With help from a resident advisory group, we developed a plan approved by the City Council in August, 2016, for the area around Sound Transit's station, which is now under construction at the intersection of Main Street and 112th Avenue.

Learn more about the East Main Transit-Oriented District.

Recent Amendments

Below are summaries of recently adopted code amendments and links to the adopted ordinances, beginning with the most recent.

Bellevue's critical areas ordinance has been updated to meet state Growth Management Act requirements. The amendments are narrow in scope, addressing changes in agency guidance or best available science, and are supported by the critical areas technical reports.

Go to our Critical Areas Ordinance Update page for more information.

On July 23, 2018, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Bellevue’s Shoreline Master Program comprehensive update.The updated Shoreline Master Program took effect August 6, 2018.

Visit our Shoreline Master Program Update page for more information.

Code Amendments Archive

On Oct. 16, 2017, the City Council adopted the Downtown Livability update and Downtown Livability legislative rezone, capping a four-year effort.

ORDINANCE NO. 6377 amending the Bellevue Land Use Code, Title 20 of the Bellevue City Code, to advance the Downtown Livability Initiative; repealing Part 20.25A LUC; adding a new Part 20.25A LUC to add new Downtown definitions, departures and tower requirements; and amending Downtown provisions regarding non-conformities, dimensions, the amenity incentive system, development standards and design guidelines.

ORDINANCE NO. 6378 amending the Bellevue Downtown Subarea and Ordinance Nos. 3013, 3014B, 3015B, 3016A, 3017, 3018, 3019 and 3020 for consistency with revisions to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, renaming certain districts in Downtown Bellevue, and revising the boundaries of certain districts in Downtown Bellevue for consistency with the revised Downtown Boundary; adding perimeter overlays and establishing an effective date.

Ordinance No. 6378 adopts a new land use map.

Learn more about the Downtown Livability Initiative.

Extension of Interim Official Control regarding the permit process required to establish a homeless shelter, and identifying the Land Use Districts where a homeless shelter may be permitted.

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Following the December 4, 2017 public hearing, City Council passed Ordinance No. 6390 approving the proposed on-street parking land use code amendment, which reconciles conflicts between the on-street parking requirements in LUC 20.25D.140.E and the transportation Capital Investment Program project designs for NE Spring Boulevard.

ORDINANCE NO. 6376 amending the Bellevue Land Use Code, Title 20 of the Bellevue City Code, to impose a prohibition on community health engagement locations, safe injection sites, and other uses or activities designed to provide a location for individuals to consume illicit drugs intravenously or by other means; adding Section 20.10.410 LUC to prohibit safe injection sites citywide; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.