Site Help/Instructions

INFORMATION AVAILABLE

Parcels – owner, address, city/county, permit history, and links to King County Assessor information.

Permits – contractor information, permit history, fees, conditions, and status.

GENERAL HELP INFORMATION

Navigation Information

  • Click on SEARCH to execute a query or RESET to clear the form.
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Easy-to-use, Up-to-date Information

The information provided on this web site are public records and are therefore available to the general public.  Our goal is to provide easy-to-use services and make your local government more accessible--24 hours a day.  This information is provided by the participating municipalities and is provided twice a day meaning that the information is the most 12 hours late on the web site as you will find at city hall.

Which cities can you obtain this information from?

Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Sammamish, and Woodinville.  While information from the cities of Kenmore and Snoqualmie is not currently available, it will be soon.  If the property you are interested in is in Unincorporated King County, please visit www.MetroKC.gov.

On what permit types is permit status available?

Permit types will vary by city but range from simple over-the-counter permits to land use permits.  See the permit types available by city.  (link to “what is a permit” list by city)


What parcel information is available?


Parcel number
Owner
Site Address
Lot size
Zoning
Plat name
Division
Block
Lot
Assessor’s legal description


SEARCH INFORMATION

Search Overview

This section of the web site allows you to search for property information, applications, or permits based on different selection criteria.

You can retrieve information based on permit/application type, permit/application number, and/or address.  Options also include “Similar” or “Exact” matches, allowing you to define your search.  If you aren’t sure of the information (example: the address), you may enter partial information (in this case, a partial address).  The search engine will retrieve a list of permits.  “Power users” can also refine their searches using our Advanced Search option.

Which search option should you use?

You will likely find the Simple Search most helpful if you have a limited amount of information.  On the other hand, the Advanced Search allows users with detailed information a great deal of flexibility in retrieving information



Simple Search Web Page Advanced Search Web Page
   



Simple Search

Using Simple Search allows you to retrieve information based on a permit number or address.  You can look up the desired permit by entering the permit number or the address of the project.  Once you have entered the permit number or address, click on the Search button and the permit information will appear on the next web page.

Options also include “Similar” or “Exact” matches, allowing you to define you search.

Permit Number

Permit numbers (and format) are unique to each city.  Once you’ve selected a city, an example of the permit format will be displayed.  You can select from the drop down list of permit types (by city).

You can supply either a complete permit number or a partial permit number.  Results returned with a partial permit number will include a list of matches.

Address

House number – This is the business/building address (example: 11511).  If you are unsure of the house number or do not have it, you can leave this field blank, using only the street name field.  You will get a greater number of returns than if you enter incorrect information.  Enter in partial information and you will get all the house/building that start with the numbers you entered.

Street name – This is the street address (example: Main St, 8th St). If you are unsure about the directional indicator (example: NE), enter only the street name for the largest number of returns.  If you are unsure of the street identifier ( i.e., St, Ave), leave this off for the largest amount of returns. The more information that you enter, the narrower you make your search.

Unit – Enter the apartment or suite (example: Suite 405). If you do not have this information, leave it blank. All the possible suites or apartments that have the same house and street name will be returned to you to select from.

Why might your search not produce any results?

  • The address or permit is not in the selected city.
  • You did not use the required abbreviation (example: “Street” instead of “St”).
  • You used extra spaces before a word or between words.
  • You misspelled.

The most direct way to retrieve information is by providing the complete permit number or complete address.  However, this site allows you to retrieve information by supplying “partial” permit numbers, street addresses, or combinations of the two.  Providing partial information will return a “list”; exact information will return the specific permit or address.

Advanced Search

 “Advanced Search” allows users with detailed information a great deal of flexibility in retrieving information. The following are methods you can search by. You can also use any combination of the following:

  • City
  • Permit number
  • Permit status
  • Address (parcel number, house number, and/or street name)
  • People (applicant/agent, contractor, or property owner)
  • Date (applied, issued, or finaled)

For example:

This query will return a list of building permits issued in the City of Issaquah between August 1, 2004, and September 30, 2004, to Contractor name here

Completing the Advanced Search Form

Permit number

Permit numbers (and format) are unique to each city.  Once you’ve selected a city, an example of the permit format will be displayed.  You can select from the drop-down list of permit types (by city).

You can supply either a complete permit number or a partial number.  Results returned with a partial permit number will return a list of matches.

Status

This option is defined by your choice of city.  You can search a range of permits for the current status using the drop-down menu.

Parcel number

By using the parcel number you connect directly to that address and all related information. 

For King County enter the first 10 digits.  The number can be found in the upper left portion of the tax bill.  You may also find this number referred to as:

  • PIN – Parcel Identification Number
  • APN – Assessor Parcel Number
  • Property Tax Account Number

Address

House number – This is the business/building address (example: 11511).  If you are unsure of the house number or do not have it, you can leave this field blank, using only the street name field.  You will get a greater number of returns than if you enter incorrect information.  Enter in partial information and you will get all the houses/buildings that start with the numbers you entered.

Street name – This is the street address (example: Main St, 8th St).  If you are unsure about the directional indicator (example: NE), enter only the street name for the largest number of returns.  If you are unsure of the street identifier ( i.e., St, Ave), leave this off for the largest amount of returns.  The more information that you enter, the narrower you make your search.

Unit – Enter the apartment or suite (example: Suite 405).  If you do not have this information, leave it blank. All the possible suites or apartments that have the same house and street name will be returned to you to select from.

People

Select the category of people type by choosing one of the following:

Applicant/Agent – The person or firm that applies for the permit.

Contractor – Company that is licensed through Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  You can search using the contractor’s name or license number.

Property Owner – The firm or individual identified by the King County Assessor’s Office as the legal owner.

If you have only partial information, you will receive a list of potential information to choose from.

Date

Applied – When application/permit is filed.

Issued – When application/permit has been approved and/or issued.

Finaled – When application/permit has been closed.

Why might your search not produce any results?

  • The address or permit is not in the selected city.
  • You did not use the required abbreviation (example: “Street” instead of “St”).
  • You used extra spaces before a word or between words.
  • You misspelled.
The most direct way to retrieve information is by providing the complete permit number or complete address.  However, this site allows you to retrieve information by supplying “partial” permit numbers, street addresses, or combinations of the two.  Providing partial information will return a “list”;exact information will return the specific permit or address.