• Land Use Development

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    Land use development in Bellevue includes property division, site development and protection of environmental and critical areas, in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan and governed by land use regulations and codes. These regulations can include:

    • Allowed uses and improvements
    • Requirements on the location, size and coverage of structures and improvements
    • Design specifications for particular uses, improvements and types of development
    • Environmental protections
    • Procedural requirements

    Land use planners in the Development Services Department are responsible for applying these regulations to all land use and permit application requests, and work to ensure compliance with the city's Comprehensive Plan.


    Bellevue is divided into land use districts, also called zones, established to geographically distribute land uses across the city. Zoning and land use regulation is conceived to allow:

    • Harmonious groupings of uses possessing compatible characteristics and levels of activity
    • An efficient and compatible relationship of land uses and land use districts
    • Planning for public services, systems and facilities