Commercial TI: Expedited / OTC

What is it?

The Expedited or Over-The-Counter (OTC) Commercial Tenant Improvement application is for minor work done within an existing commercial building. Tenant improvements do not include new construction, change of use, exterior alterations, or additions.

Examples of common change of use projects are; constructing an interior wall, demo of existing walls, etc. Refer to the application packets for examples of work that qualify for either an OTC TI building permit or an Expedited Review TI building permit.

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the value of your project. All plan review and permit fees will be paid at intake and no refunds will be issued. See the Fee Schedule (A-Z) page to download the Commercial Fee Schedule for fee related information. For an estimate on your fees, e-mail a scope of work and valuation of construction.

How Long Does It Take?

Expedited permit applications will be reviewed with 7-10 business days of date of application. Over-The-Counter permits will be issued during your intake appointment.

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

2. Start Permit Application
Prepare your plans. Plans should be electronic and should be to scale and easy to read.

Fill out forms:
Expedited Commercial TI Packet (Contains all forms for Expedited)
Expedited Permit Form
OTC Commercial TI Packet (Contains all forms for OTC)
OTC Permit Form
Cover Sheet (Required for both Expedited and OTC)

Coordinate with other agencies. You may need permits or approvals from other agencies. These are the most common agencies you may need to work with for your permit type:
  • King County Public Health – Food Handling
  • King County DSC – Medical Facility
3. Submit Plans
To schedule an in-person intake appointment you can go online, click Schedule an Appointment below or call 425-556-2473.

You can also apply online by requesting a permit number, uploading your plans remotely once instructions and permit number are sent and pay intake fees through our portal.

Tips for a Successful Intake Appointment

4. Pay fee. With Expedited and OTC Commercial Tenant Improvement permits, all plan review and permit fees are due at intake.

5. Plan Review
For expedited permits, your assigned plans examiner will send you a correction letter if changes are needed and instructions on how to upload new plans through the E-Track Portal. For OTC permits, the plan review will occur during your appointment.

6. Get Permit
The applicant will be contacted when the 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.

Get related permits. You may need to get additional permits or approvals from other departments.

7. Schedule Inspection
Request an inspection. See the E-Track Portal page to schedule an inspection online or call 425-556-2435 and the use the pin number on the permit to request an inspection. A Final inspection needs to be called in for and approved to complete the inspection process.

8. Complete Project
Close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.