Bellevue's hearing examiners conduct hearings and make decisions by applying city code policies and regulations adopted by City Council. Hearing Examiners have jurisdiction over a wide range of matters, including land-use applications and challenges to administrative directors' decisions.
Hearing examiners are not city staff, but private attorneys who serve as impartial third parties. Hearing examiners ensure fairness and due process by making independent fact-finding decisions in a public forum. Bellevue City Code Chapter 3.68 establishes the office and the authority of hearing examiners.