Preapplication Conferences

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What is a preapplication conference?

A preapplication conference is a free service that allows you to get early feedback and direction from us on your development concept. It is structured to help you develop a complete formal application and a project design that is consistent with Bellevue’s codes and policies. The conference occurs at the schematic design phase, before you submit a formal application the proposed project.

What kinds of projects require a preapplication conference?

A preapplication conference is required for projects that need one or more of the following:

Who attends the conference?

Representatives from our Building, Clearing & Grading, Land Use, Transportation, Utilities, and Fire review groups may attend.

You and/or your consultant team also attend. The team typically includes an architect, engineer, landscape architect, transportation engineer, and/or other specialists involved in your proposal.

What are the benefits of the preapplication conference?

  • It helps you identify regulatory opportunities and constraints before you commit a significant amount of time and resources toward a specific course of action.
  • It lets you know early in the process what permits and approvals are required for the proposal, avoiding unnecessary delays later.
  • You can find out typical application review and permitting schedules and fees, which will help you develop realistic financing and construction schedules.
  • It helps you identify the criteria by which your project will be reviewed, enabling you to present your proposal accurately in a formal application.
  • It identifies other projects or potential code and policy changes that can affect your proposal.

What will the conference cover?

The following information will be reviewed:

  • Required permits, approvals and fees
  • Typical project review timelines
  • Relevant Comprehensive Plan policies and design criteria
  • Guidance on the proposal's design direction
  • An overview of applicable regulations
  • Fatal flaws like obvious conflicts with codes, policies or city plans
  • Recently adopted or anticipated changes to codes and policies
  • Known site constraints
  • Known impact fees and connection charges
  • Known plans that may affect the project, such as road widening and trail construction
  • Utility districts, if your project is outside the city’s service boundaries

What are the limitations of the conference?

The depth of feedback from the city relates to the level of detail provided for discussion. Due to the early timing of the conference and the preliminary nature of your design, many relevant project details will not be known and cannot be anticipated at the time of the conference.

Accordingly, the conference cannot provide:

  • A detailed plan review. This will occur once a complete formal application is filed.
  • Final approval of a proposal
  • Training in city codes; you are responsible for getting code information from city sources, like publications and code publishing, and permit center staff and for employing specialists and consultants to act on your behalf.

How will the feedback be documented?

City comments will be documented in a written format and mailed to you within three weeks after the conference.

How do I schedule a conference?

You have two options to schedule your preapplication conference:

  1. By phone: Call us at (425) 452-4188.
  2. In person in the Permit Center at City Hall: Sign in at the Service First desk to speak with a land use representative.

Preapplication conference materials must be submitted online at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

When and where is the conference held?

Preapplication conferences are held on Wednesday afternoons in City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.

What materials do I provide, and when?

The required materials vary based on your project proposal. Refer to our preapplication permit section for submittal requirements. Submit your application materials online at at least 21 calendar days before the preapplication conference.

The required materials vary, depending on the nature of the proposal. For some projects we require you to provide fairly detailed information, such as a Critical Areas Report, to best serve you at the conference.