Land Use Permits

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Information on land use permit applications and submittal requirements. Land Use permits can be required by the City's Land Use Code to ensure proposed use and improvement of property meets zoning and other requirements found in the code. Essentially, land use permits aren’t actually permits for construction; they are approvals for land development, designs and uses for future building construction.

The following list is separated by category of need; however, depending on the project, multiple approvals across categories may be required.

Online Permitting Services at MyBuildingPermit.com

Please note that land use permits that require public notice and allow for comment are not available for online submittal and review at this time. (Visit our Permit News page to see a complete list of the land use permits that require an in-person, paper submittal.)

Request Information or Preliminary Review:

Current Zoning Status of Property

  Email Link To This Zoning Status Permit

Request for a letter confirming zoning classification and other minor information for a specific property. (DG)

 

 

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Fees

Timelines

Preapplication Conference

  Email Link To This Preapplication Conference Permit

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 the Bellevue’s codes and policies for specific land use permits.

The conference occurs at the preliminary-development phase, before you submit a formal application of the proposed project. Learn more on our Preapplication Getting Started page. (DB)

Preapplication conferences are required for and limited to:

  • Design Reviews
  • Master Development Plans
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Preliminary Plats (subdivision)
  • Conditional Uses (including certain Wireless Communication Facilities)
  • Shoreline Conditional Uses

Online Permitting Services

Learn more about our online permitting services.

Submittal Requirements

Choose the applicable submittal checklist for your project proposal:

Fees

  • No Fee

Timelines

Predevelopment Services

   Email Link To This Predevelopment Services Permit

Miscellaneous review and consulting services performed by staff prior to submittal of a permit application. Requests can include permit application guidance, plan review, review of environmental information, answering questions, or providing requested assistance. An applicant may request services from any divisions of Development Services that include: Land Use, Building, Fire, Clearing and Grading, Utilities, Transportation/Right-of-Way. This application is also required for wireless communication facilities proposed under section 6409(a) and for hiring the on-call environmental consultant. (DC) Learn more.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Change a Prior Land Use Approval:

Land Use Approval Amendment

  Email Link To This Land Use Approval Amendment

To amend prior conditional use (including shoreline), preliminary plat and planned unit development approvals when an exemption is not allowed by code or the project scope exceeds an exemption. (LI)

To apply for this permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Design a Building in a Design District:

Design Review

   Email Link To This Design Review Permit

Review of a proposed project to ensure that site development, structures, and signs conform to the design criteria and requirements for properties in design districts or transition area. (LD)

To apply for this permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Master Development Plan

   Email Link To This Master Development Plan Permit

Review the site development and building envelope components of a phased development proposal to ensure conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, consistency with the design guideline, and compliance with the development standards and requirements. (LP)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Determine and Review Environmental Impacts:

Critical Areas Land Use Permit

   Email Link To This Critical Areas Permit

Authorization to disturb, develop or otherwise modify a critical area, critical area buffer, or critical area structure setback. (LO)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Environmental Impact Statement

Email Link To This Environmental Impact Statement Permit

Following a Determination of Significance, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) informs the public and decision makers about proposed actions, alternatives, impacts, and mitigation measures to avoid or minimize adverse impacts. (LE)

Online Permitting Services

 

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

 

Fees

 

Timelines

  • Target Processing Timeline Negotiable
  • Actual Processing Timeline (updated weekly) Environmental Impact Statement (LE)  

Preliminary SEPA

   Email Link To This Preliminary SEPA Permit

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) threshold determination when not associated with a project action or another permit, as determined by the environmental coordinator. (LM)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Shoreline Exemption with or without SEPA

   Email Link To This Shoreline Exemption Permit

Certain development and repair proposals are exempted from a Substantial Shoreline Development Permit requirement by the Bellevue Shoreline Master Program. The City must still review the proposal and issue an exemption to ensure consistency with the Shoreline Master Program. (With SEPA: WE)
(Without SEPA: WD)

To Apply for a Shoreline Exemption with SEPA:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Shoreline Management Conditional Use

   Email Link To This Shoreline Management Conditional Use Permit

Development or use of land in an area regulated by the Shoreline Master Program and Shoreline Management Act, where the Bellevue Land Use Code requires a conditional use permit for that use. A conditional use requires a separate shoreline substantial development permit. (WA)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Variance

Email Link To This Shoreline Variance Permit

Permission to vary from the Bellevue City Code or the Land Use Code pertaining to requirements of the Bellevue Shoreline Master Program. (LS)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Substantial Shoreline Development

   Email Link To This Substantial Shoreline Development Permit

Any development in a shoreline area or within 200 feet that exceeds exempted thresholds specified in the Bellevue Shoreline Master Program. (WG)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Subdivide Property or Adjust Boundaries:

Final Plat

   Email Link To This Final Plat Permit

The approval and recording of the final plat to create ten or more lots once infrastructure construction is complete or bonded. (LG)

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Final Short Plat or Binding Site Plan

   Email Link To This Final Short Plat Permit

The approval and recording of the final short plat to create nine or fewer lots once infrastructure construction is complete or bonded. Applications for Binding Site Plan are also considered under this application. A Binding Site Plan is only allowed when part of other Land Use permits as specified in the Land Use Code. (LF)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Planned Unit Development

   Email Link To This PUD Permit

Review of proposed Planned Unit Developments (PUD) or substantial changes to an approved PUD that exceed an amendment or exemption. (LK)

To Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Preliminary Short Plat

  Email Link To This Preliminary Short Plat Permit

Review for proposals to divide land to create new lots. Nine or fewer lots are a short plat, 10 or more lots are a plat. (LN)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Establish a Conditional Use:

Administrative Conditional Use

   Email Link To This Administrative Conditional Use Permit

Review of certain uses or development to ensure compatibility within the land use district or with surrounding properties. (LA)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Conditional Use

   Email Link To This Conditional Use Permit

Review of certain uses or development to ensure compatibility within the land use district or surrounding properties. Requires a public hearing before the hearing examiner. (LB)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Request a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Rezone or Variance:

Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA)
with Concurrent Rezone

   Email Link To This CPA Permit

Amendment of the City’s Comprehensive Plan to change the underlying Land Use designation of properties. Applications will be accepted from December 1 through January 31 for the immediately following year. Amendment applications may be submitted with or without a rezone application. (AC)(LQ)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Rezone

   Email Link To This Rezone Permit

A rezone may not require amendment of the City’s Comprehensive plan. Rezones of land authorized by the Comprehensive Plan. Changes to conditions or concomitant agreements applicable to property. Institutional reclassification and master plan development which provides for the location of hospitals and government uses through flexible dimension standards and encourages comprehensive long-term master development planning. (LQ)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal Plan Information

Fees

Variance

   Email Link To This Variance Permit

Permission to vary from the Bellevue City Code or the Land Use Code. Required for noise exceptions where no other development permits exist. (LS)

See Shoreline Variance for requirements pertaining to the Bellevue Shoreline Master Program.

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Miscellaneous Requests:

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Email Link To This Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit

Registration of a separate dwelling unit within a single-family residence. See Land Use Code 20.20.120. (LX)

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 Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Child Care Registration

   Email Link To This Child Care Registration Permit

Child care located in other than a private residence. A day care center (includes mini day care center) located in a community facility or other facility. (LV)

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 Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Home Occupation

   Email Link To This Home Occupation Permit

Business conducted in a dwelling by a resident of that dwelling; the business must be largely incidental to use of the premises as a dwelling.

In a nonresidential land use district, a home occupation permit must be obtained or all commercial development standards must be met.

Exemption: A business which has no external indication of commercial activity—including no nonresident employees, no client visits, no business-related deliveries, and no vehicle signage—is exempt from a Home Occupation Permit but will require a City of Bellevue Business Registration. See Land Use Code 20.30N. (LH)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com.

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Land Use Code Interpretation

   Email Link To This Land Use Code Interpretation Permit

Specific request for written interpretation of the Land Use Code (DA)

Apply For This Permit:

Please submit paper plans and apply in person at City Hall. This permit is not available online through MyBuildingPermit.com

Online Permitting Services

Submittal Requirements

Fees

Timelines

Noise

Email Link To This Amplified Sound Permit

Required for the operation of sound amplification equipment. See Noise Control (BCC 9.18.020.0). (LY)

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 Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines

Request for Reasonable Accommodation

   Email Link To This Request for Reasonable Accommodation Permit

Request for exemption from an otherwise applicable requirement of the Bellevue Land Use Code pursuant to the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 or the Washington Law Against Discrimination. (DD)

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

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Temporary Encampment

   Email Link To This Temporary Encampment Permit

Required for all proposals to establish transient or interim gatherings of temporary enclosures except recreation encampment of less than 10 days. See Land Use Code. (LZ)

 

 

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

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Temporary Use

   Email Link To This Temporary Use Permit

Apply a minimum of 7 days prior to the event.

Seasonal or transient uses not otherwise permitted may be allowed on an interim basis without full compliance with the development standards.

See Land Use Code 20.30M. Temporary Use approval is not required for any event regulated by the City’s Special Events Code (BCC 14.50).(LR)

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.

Submittal Requirements

Submittal and Plan Information

Fees

Timelines

Vendor Cart Permit including Sign

Email Link To This Vendor Cart Permit

Required for all carts and trucks with functional wheels which are operated for the purpose of vending food, drink, or retail goods. See Land Use Code  20.30S. (LT)

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 Information and Forms

Fees

Timelines