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The State of Washington will be adopting the 2018 International Building and Fire Codes on July 1, 2020. Customers who submit complete permit applications prior to July 1, 2020, will remain vested under the current 2015 code requirements. Permit applications submitted after that date will need to comply with the new 2018 updated codes.

During the fall and winter of 2019, Bellevue staff held three stakeholder meetings to present the upcoming code changes and provide an opportunity for feedback. A presentation of that information is available to view.

The following changes to Development Services permit fees are effective January 1, 2020, and reflect the:

  • Results of the Cost of Service Study (COSS) performed for Land Use, Fire, Transportation, and Utilities hourly rates
  • Updated building valuation data (BVD) table published by the International Code Council (ICC) to reflect the change in construction valuation from August 2018 to August 2019 with the Washington State modifier of 1.15 from July 2019.
  • 1.7% adjustment to building review and inspection fees by Consumer Price Index-W.

Hourly Review and Inspection Rates

  • Land Use review: $184 (2.8% increase)
  • Transportation review & inspection: $193 (2.7% increase)
  • Fire review & inspection: $173 (2.4% increase)
  • Utilities review & inspection: $165 (2.5% increase)

School Impact Fees

  • Issaquah School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit:  $14,501
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit:  $9,583
  • Renton School District are established as follows:
    • Impact fees per single-family dwelling unit:  $6,862
    • Impact fees per multifamily dwelling unit:  $3,582

Transportation Impact Fees

  • Price per single-family dwelling unit:  $6,854

More information: 

See Ordinance No. 6488 (School Impact Fees) and 6489 (Development Services Fees) as reviewed and approved by City Council on November 4 and December 2, 2019. 

Visit our Fee and Payment Information web page for a complete list of our fees by permit type.

Eight years after we launched our Paperless Permitting Initiative, we have reached our goal of having all customers apply for permits online.

Since we started this process, the number of permits processed electronically rose steadily over the years, from just 36 percent of permit applications submitted electronically in 2011 to 85 percent in 2018.

As of September 6, 2019, we are now 100% paperless. All permit applications and plans must be submitted online at MyBuildingPermit.com. We no longer accept paper applications or plans.

Using the regional portal MyBuildingPermit.com, customers can:

  • apply and pay for permits
  • request and cancel inspections
  • check permit status and history
  • find construction tip sheets and inspection checklists.

For assistance with online permitting services, customers can find step-by-step user guides on the MyBuildingPermit Help page. We also provide in-person assistance in the permit center at City Hall. 

We began offering online permitting services in response to customer requests for it. The Paperless Permitting Initiative transforms not only the way customers access permitting information and services, but also how we do our work, enabling beginning-to-end electronic application processing, review and inspection. 

For more information about the Paperless Permitting Initiative, contact Monica Brown at 425-452-6128 or mgbrown@BellevueWA.gov.

Development Services now has an online permit fee estimator, which allows you to calculate estimated permit submittal and issuance fees.

The permit fee estimator is a quick and easy tool that provides general information about permits and their potential cost. It is not the actual permit fee or a quote, just an estimate of what cost you may incur based on the information you provide.

The process for most estimates should be two to five steps.

Bellevue’s permitting data (1998 to present) is now available on our city’s Open Data portal.

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