Building Permits - Commercial

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Commercial building permits cover projects such as adding on to an existing office building, remodeling a tenant space, as well as construction work for multifamily-residential buildings that contain more than two residential units.

See Residential Building Permits for projects involving one and two-family dwellings.

Also, you will need separate permits for any work that alters or adds to the fire, plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems, or adds or replaces fixtures or appliances may require a separate permit.

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 MyBuildingPermit.com. Paper applications and plans for these permit types are no longer accepted. Land use and shoreline permit applications will go online later this year

Explore our commercial building permits:

Demolition

Email Link To This Demolition Permit

Demolition of the whole or part of any permanent structure, including a single-family house, multifamily or commercial structure, garage or storage shed. Includes clearing & grading if the foundation is being removed. Not required if the structure to be demolished is currently exempt from the requirement for a building permit under Bellevue City Code 23.05.090. May or may not include SEPA review. (BE)

Note: Some projects may qualify for a demolition permit without plan review.

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Detention Vault for Stormwater

Email Link To This Detention Vault Permit

Stormwater detention structure. (BH)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Major Project - 4,000 square feet or more

Email Link To This Major Project Permit

New commercial or multifamily building or addition, 4,000 square feet or more, which does not require SEPA review or SEPA review has been done under a prior land use approval. Includes demolition work when appropriate. (BB)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Medium Project - Over 1,000 and less than 4,000 square feet

Email Link To This Medium Project Permit

New commercial or multifamily building, addition or pool/spa, over 1,000 and less than 4,000 gross square feet. Includes clearing & grading, Land Use Exemption and/or demolition work when appropriate. (BM)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Minor Project - 1,000 square feet or less

Email Link To This Minor Project Permit

Additions or structures up to and including 1,000 gross square feet—such as a pool/spa, canopies, porticos, retaining walls, bulkheads, mechanical equipment screening, fences over 8 feet, kiosks, ramps, trams, flagpoles, etc. Includes clearing & grading, Land Use Exemption and/or demolition work when appropriate. (BW)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Portable Building Foundation

Email Link To This Portable Building Foundatiion Permit

Commercial construction of a foundation support for a pre-manufactured building. (BQ)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Shoring

Email Link To This Shoring Permit

Excavation and shoring of property adjacent to the City of Bellevue right of way. (BV)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

  • Preapplication Conference Letter 

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Tenant Improvement

Email Link To This Tenant Improvement Permit

Changes to the interior of a new or existing building. Includes a Land Use Exemption when appropriate. (Some projects may qualify for a quick review, see Tenant Improvement Checklist for more information). (BZ)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Project Specific Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Tenant Improvement - New Use/Change of Use

Email Link To This Tenant Improvement Permit

Initial build out of a new tenant space or change of use of an existing tenant space. Includes a Land Use Exemption when appropriate. (BY)

Online Permitting Services

You must apply for this permit online through MyBuildingPermit. We will not accept paper applications or plans.

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Required Documents

Submittal and Plan Requirements

Submittal Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Inspections

Commercial Building Permit Overview

The purpose of a building permit is to ensure that construction projects are aligned with local, state, and federal codes, ultimately ensuring that minimum safeguards for public and private health, safety and welfare are met.

Before you begin any construction project, check to see if a permit is required. In general, construction projects where a building or structure is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished require a permit.

Examples of projects that require a building permit include:

  • Adding on to an existing commercial building.
  • Demolishing a structure.
  • Building a multifamily residential tower.
  • Remodeling a tenant space or changing the use of an existing tenant space.

Examples of projects that do not require a building permit:

  • Installing a single-story job shack on a permitted job site during construction.
  • Replacing roofing that does not affect the roof sheathing or structure.
  • Installing movable cases, counters, and partitions under 5 feet 9 inches.


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