Adult Family Home Requirements

If the adult family home will be a newly constructed residence or a residence converted to an adult family home during an addition or remodel, a separate permit will not be required.

If no work is being done to the building, a stand-alone adult family home permit will be required. Apply for this permit online at MyBuildingPermit. To select the correct permit type, make the following selections when prompted during the application:

  1. Jurisdiction: Bellevue
  2. Application Type: Building
  3. Project Type: Single Family Residential
  4. Activity Type: Adult Family Home Inspection Only

When asked for a valuation, enter $1000. This is the standard valuation for an adult family home with no work being done.

Increasing Capacity in an Existing Adult Family Home

If the addition of capacity to an adult family home (AFH) includes adding a bed in an existing, previously inspected, AFH sleeping room, and no construction work is occurring, then no building permits or inspections are required. If the increase in capacity includes creating a new AFH sleeping room, then that room must be inspected my city staff. This includes converting an existing bedroom that was not previously for AFH use. If no work is being done to the building, follow the instructions above for a stand-alone permit. If construction work is included in the project, the adult family home permitting and inspection can be included within that permit. For more information, refer to the Adult Family Home Capacity Increase code interpretation

Submittal Requirements

Upload the following files when prompted (these files are required for both a stand-alone permit and when adding an adult family home to a new residence, addition or remodel):

  • A floor plan of the dwelling (minimum sheet size is 11 x 17).
    • Identify means of egress and any components of the means of egress (stairways, ramps, etc.)
    • Clearly note the classification of each sleeping room. See IRC Section 325.3.
    • Identify the square footage of the floor area for all living space and garage/storage space
  • The DSHS checklist

Inspections are required

A final building inspection will be required for a stand-alone permit. Make sure to have the permit, approved floor plan and the DSHS inspection checklist available for the inspector.