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Bellevue among Eastside cities to benefit from expanded online permit portal
Bellevue is among a handful of cities that will benefit from a newly expanded online portal to streamline the permitting process on the Eastside.
Developed by the eCityGov Alliance, which was formed in 2001 as an inter-local agency with web-based services, MyBuildingPermit.com allows for fewer trips to government offices, paper files and a more flexible review process.
“It is very exciting to be part of the new wave of plan review. The whole idea of online review is a win-win,” said Valerie Graber, a mechanical plans examiner for Bellevue. “Everything is at the reviewer’s fingertips to help in the review of an application—our digital code books, associated permits, archived plans, manufacturer’s information, and more...We are able to work with clients in a more team-like environment.”
MyBuildingPermit.com joins Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Newcastle, Renton, Sammamish, Snohomish County, Snoqualmie and Woodinville.
When it initially launched in 2002, the site offered simple mechanical, electrical, and plumbing permits that could be issued without plan review. The website expanded in 2011, allowing customers to submit mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and re-roof applications that require review by staff.
This latest enhancement enables customers to submit plans, pay fees, and receive approvals for all 10 types of applications: building, clearing & grading, electrical, fire, land use, mechanical, plumbing, right of way, sign, and utility.
“I like the convenience of applying anytime during the day, getting revision requests faster, and being able to send in responses or changes so quickly,” said Darla Doll of MacDonald Miller.
Services vary slightly depending on the jurisdiction and more are expected to be phased in with time.