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The State of Washington will be adopting the 2018 International Building and Fire Codes on July 1, 2020.

Building Division and Fire Department staff hosted three stakeholder workshops this fall to provide information regarding the code adoption process. We highlighted significant code changes at the national, state and local level, and were able to collect input on potential changes to our adopted Building and Fire codes.

If you were unable to attend our workshops, you can still provide input on theses code changes. Please view the stakeholder presentation and provide your feedback at

Latest Update

On October 1, 2018, City Council adopted the conformance amendments. See Ordinance 6425 for more information.

Previous Update

There was a public hearing June 13 before the Planning Commission for a proposed Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) necessary to achieve consistency with the new Downtown, Part 20.25A of the Land Use Code (LUC) and Eastgate LUC amendments, and for general clean-up to correct omissions and/or internal conflicts within the LUC and between the LUC and the Bellevue City Code (BCC).

For additional information, please see:

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 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; and adding a new Part 20.25A LUC to add new Downtown definitions, departures, and tower requirements; and amending Downtown provisions regarding nonconformities, 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.

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 – now under construction at the intersection of Main Street and 112th Avenue.

Learn more about the East Main Transit-Oriented District.

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

  • Location: Citywide
  • File Number: 17-118783 AD

For More Information

Please visit Planning for the Eastside Men's Shelter, Citywide LUCA for Shelter Use and Ordinance 6419 for more information.

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.

The City Council is interested in considering a quasi-judicial land use code amendment as a way to improve communication with residents.

Procedures in the Land Use Code currently allow appeals of Hearing Examiner actions to the City Council. However, these appeals must rely on information presented to the Hearing Examiner, and the City Council may only overturn the action if the Hearing Examiner makes a mistake.

Learn more about the proposed quasi-judicial land use code amendment.

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.

On July 23, 2018, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Bellevue’s Shoreline Master Program comprehensive update. The updated SMP took effect August 6, 2018 — 14 days after the DOE notified the city our SMP was approved.

Visit our Shoreline Master Program Update page for more information.

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