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Below are frequently asked permitting questions with brief answers and links to learn more. 

Contact Permit Processing if you have additional questions or need more information.

First and foremost, it’s a health and safety issue.

  • Permit review allows code experts to reduce potential hazards from unsafe construction.
  • Mandatory inspections act as a system of checks and balances focused on complying with city codes.

It’s also a money issue—on several fronts.

  • Proper permitting helps protect property values.
  • More and more, property insurers aren’t covering damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
  • Disclosure of any improvements or repairs is required at sale whether permits and inspection were obtained.
  • Many financial institutions won’t finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection.
  • Without a permit, work may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.

So before a project is started, see if a permit is required.

In general, new construction and alterations or repairs to existing structures or systems require a permit.

Other projects that may require a permit include: removing trees, replacing a water heater or furnace, working in the right of way, and modifying or changing a tenant space. 

Review our requirements for commercial and residential building permits.

Visit our Tree Rules page for information on permit requirements for tree removal.

Contact us via email or phone (425-452-4898) to determine if your project requires a permit.

Visit our Getting Started page to:

  • Learn about the different types of permits we review and inspect.
  • Understand the paperless permitting process.
  • Find out about the resources available in the permit center at city hall.
  • Explore out predevelopment services.

Permit fees depend on your project's scope of work. Some permit fees are flat rates while other permit fees are deposits.

Building, electrical and some mechanical permit fees are based on fair market value of the work.

Access our permit fee schedules and learn more about our billing process. 

Review our Permit Processing Timelines report for average processing days by permit type.

All permit applications will be submitted online at MyBuildingPermit.com. This regional portal offers 24/7 online permitting services where you can:

  • Apply for your permit
  • Upload plans and documents
  • Pay online
  • Check your permit status
  • Request and cancel inspections

Submitting the required application is the first step in the permitting process. The goal for Development Services staff is to complete our work within timeline targets and decide whether or not the application can be approved.

We have expiration and cancellation code provisions to ensure that applications actively progress through the permitting process.

It is important for you to know that a submitted application has a limited life.

Learn more about expired and cancelled permits.

Your project's scope and complexity will determine which permit (or permits) you need and what type of plans and documents are required for that scope of work.

Please visit our Plan Requirements section on the Forms and Publications page for specific information to include on a variety of plan types.

Under state law, the City of Bellevue is obligated to provide written notification to all homeowners regarding the contractor registration requirements set forth in the Revised Codes of Washington (RCW), Chapter 18.27 and to advise homeowners of the risks associated with using an unregistered contractor.

Any contractor conducting business in the city must be licensed by the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

Learn more about contractor registration requirements. You may wish to read the noted sections in RCW Chapter 18.27 for the exact language.

Under the Bellevue City Code, noise emanating from construction sites that exceeds allowed noise levels is prohibited outside of the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. No construction site noise is permitted on Sundays and legal holidays.

If after-hours sounds from a construction site are clearly audible across a real property boundary or at least 75 feet from their source, it will be considered a noise disturbance (BCC 9.18.040.A.4).

Learn more about construction noise guidelines.

Right of way – all public streets and property dedicated to public use for streets, together with public property reserved for public utilities, transmission lines and extensions, walkways, sidewalks, bikeways, or equestrian trails.

Learn more about property boundaries and find answers to more questions about right of way.

Our Inspections page provides an overview of the inspections process and outlines your responsibilities regarding inspections and re-inspections. Inspections can be scheduled online at MyBuildingPermit or via phone by calling 425-452-6875.

Explore interactive maps as well as PDF maps in our map and GIS gallery.

We keep a copy of all approved plans and project documents for the lifetime of a building plus six years.

To request copies of the plans and project documents, submit a public records request online to the City Clerk's Office.

A landscape assurance device provides the city with monetary recourse in case all landscaping work required under a permit or land use approval is not satisfactorily completed in accordance with the conditions of the approval. The most common type of assurance device accepted by the city is an assignment of savings. An assignment of savings gives the city permission to access a special account set up at your bank in your name containing the required amount of the landscape assurance device. The city can accept other types of assurance devices—letters of credit, bonds, or other accessible sources of funds—on a case-by-case basis.

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P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
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