Multifamily Exterior Alteration

What is it?

You need a Multifamily Exterior Alteration Permit to make any exterior changes to an existing multifamily building. This permit can also include interior tenant or remodeling work. If the valuation of construction is over $50,000, you may be required to obtain an Administrative Modification. For more information, please visit the Administrative Modification webpage.

Examples of common exterior alterations include installation of windows, doors, or replacing the facade of a building.  

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the value of your project. You pay a plan review fee when you submit your plans and the rest when you pick up your permit. Use our fee estimator to estimate how much your permit will cost.  See the Fee Schedule (A-Z) page to download the Commercial/Multi-Family Fee Schedule for fee related information. 

How Long Does It Take?

We try to finish our initial review of new and additions permit in 28 calendar days from submittal. How long it takes to get the final permit depends on how complex your project is and how many corrections, if any, you need to make.

Steps to Get Your Permit

1. Research
Get your property information. Find property information to help you plan your project. Property Viewer Interactive Map

Determine restrictions to your project. Research our codes to determine what occupancies are allowed in the building and what land uses are allowed in that zoning area. Redmond Zoning Code
Find incentives for your project. Research the City’s different incentives that might apply to your project. Green Building Incentives

2. Start Permit Application

Request a Pre-Application Meeting (optional). We recommend pre-application meeting for very complex projects, including buildings with unusual structural systems, substantial alterations, or work in environmentally critical areas or shorelines. Pre-application meetings are scheduled on Thursdays. For more information see the Pre-Application Conference Tip Sheet.
Prepare your plans. Plans should be electronic and should be to scale and easy to read.
Fill out forms:
Multi-Family Exterior Alteration Packet
 3. Submit Plans
To schedule an in person intake appointment you can go online, click Schedule an Appointment below or call 425-556-2473.

Tips for a Successful Intake Appointment
Pay fee. Plan Reviews fees are due at permit application. The fees are calculated based on your project value.
Make corrections and resubmit your plans. Your project reviewer will send you a correction letter if changes are needed and instruction on how to upload new plans through the E-Track Portal.
4. Get Permit
Pick up or print permit. You will be contacted when your plans are approved. You can pick up your permit and approved plans at the Development Service Center with a blank USB drive or log into the E-Track Portal, you can print your permit and approved plans.
Pay fees. You will need to pay all outstanding fees to pick up or print your permit.
Get related permits. You may need to get additional permits or approvals from other departments.
5. Schedule Inspection
Request an inspection. See the E-Track Portal page to schedule an inspection online or phone at 425-556-2435 and the pin number on the permit to request an inspection. A Final inspection needs to be requested and approved to complete the inspection process.
6. Complete Project
Close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.