Permit Process Overview

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

All building, fire, utilities, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sign, right of way, wireless and clearing & grading permit applications must be submitted online at Paper applications and plans for these permit types are no longer accepted. 

We are on track with our goal of 100% paperless permitting! The final piece will fall into place on September 6, 2019, when all land use and shoreline permit applications must be submitted online. As of this date, we will no longer accept paper applications or plans for any permit type.

In Development Services, we review and issue permits for construction projects, like new houses, kitchen remodels or furnace installations, and land uses, like placing a school in a neighborhood or dividing a property into multiple parcels.

All permits fall into two basic categories: Those that require plan review and those that do not require plan review.

What's the difference? The distinction depends on your project's scope of work and complexity.

No Plan Review Permits

We issue the permit the same day you apply. You do not need to submit plans or drawings with your application. We will inspect the work permitted when you request your inspection.

Apply and pay for your permit online through MyBuildingPermit.

Plan Review Permits

We need to review plans for your project, which means you must submit plans along with your application. Examples of plan review permits include projects for new construction and land use approvals.

  • If you apply in person at City Hall (Land Use permits only), you will submit your application and multiple sets of your plans to a permit technician and pay submittal fees for plan review. It is unlikely you will receive your permit the same day you apply. See our target timeline report to determine average review timelines by permit type.
  • If you apply online through MyBuildingPermit, you will upload PDFs of your plans and be billed for your submittal fees, which you can pay online with a Visa or MasterCard through MyBuildingPermit.

Permit Process Flowchart

This flowchart shows the basic permit process steps for plan review and no-plan review permits. The process begins with applying for a permit.

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Explore more about our permit process by clicking each of the topics listed below.


You have two options to apply for your permit:

  1. Online at Bellevue's permitting portal, MyBuildingPermit.

    Note: All permit applications except Land Use permits must now be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

  2. In person at City Hall (Land Use permits only).

Submit Plans

  • Online at MyBuildingPermit
    • Submit PDFs of your plans and project documents
    • Pay a portion of your permit fees

      Note: All permit applications except Land Use will submit pdfs of plans and documents online. Paper plans will not be accepted.

  • In person at City Hall (Land Use permits only)
    • Submit paper plans and project documents.
    • Note: When submitting paper plans, you are required to submit multiple copies of your plans and documents; review the submittal checklist for your permit to determine the correct number of required copies.

Review Plans

  • We review your plans and project documents to ensure that your project is aligned to our codes.
  • We may ask for additional information or revisions to your plans if we determine they are not aligned to code.
  • See our target timeline report.

Submit Revised Plans

If you change the scope or design of your project or receive notification from us that your plans need to be revised, then you will submit revisions to us the same way you applied.

  • Online at My Building Permit: Upload your revised plans and project documents through your My Building Permit plan review dashboard.
  • In person at City Hall: Submit the same number of plans and project documents as you originally submitted. For example, if you originally submitted three copies of your site plan and made changes to the site plan, then please submit three copies of the revised site plan.

Issue Permit

Once we determine your plans and project documents are aligned with the codes, we will issue you a permit and copy of the approved plans (for construction permits) or we will issue you a decision (for land use permits).

For construction permits, you will need to provide your contractor's Washington State contractor license and Bellevue business license prior to issuance.

  • Online at My Building Permit:
    • We will send you an invoice via email and ask that you pay online through My Building Permit. (Note: You may also pay in person at City Hall, via mail or by phone, but your permit will be issued electronically online.)
    • Once we receive your payment, we will upload a PDF of your permit and approved plans or decision to your My Building Permit plan review dashboard.
  • In person at City Hall:
    • We will inform you via email that your permit is ready for pick up and indicate the balance due.
    • When you are ready to pick up your permit, please visit Permit Processing at City Hall. Remember to bring your payment with you; we accept Visa, MasterCard, cash or check.

Inspect Project

Inspections are the next step in ensuring that your project is constructed to life and safety standards and codes.

Project Changes During Construction

If the scope or design of your project changes during construction, submit your revised plans to us for review.

  • We will review the changes to ensure they are aligned to codes and then issue those changed plans to you. Be sure to submit your revised plans either online or in person, depending on how you originally submitted.

Archive Plans

Check Permit Status

Throughout the permit process, you can check your permit status at My Building Permit. Permit history at property locations is also available on the status site. Learn more.


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