Purchase Permits & Request Inspections

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Important Information: New users must also submit an Application to Access Electronic Permits & Inspection System (EPIS) (F500-055-000) to receive access to EPIS through My L&I.

New features (EPIS):

Effective May 2, 2016 - email address will be required on all permits purchased online. The email address will be used in the future to send an email when an inspection has been uploaded by an inspector.

How To Purchase an Electrical Permit

Note: The 2014 National Electrical Code was adopted July 1, 2014.

Most electrical work needs a permit. L&I conducts inspections for the permits we issue. Some cities issue their own permits and conduct inspections. If you're not sure your work requires a permit, check WAC 296-46B-901 (app.leg.wa.gov).

Processing time for L&I permits purchased:

  • Online: Immediately.
  • In person at a service location: Immediately.
  • Postal mail: Same day as received.

Below are your options for purchasing a permit depending on whether you are a contractor, property owner or a partner city.


Contractors

"" Contractors can purchase Electrical permits online two ways.

1. Using My L&I secured site to access EPIS - (This site is restricted to contractors who are licensed/registered with the Department of Labor and Industries).

This provides users the ability to validate Class B permits, track all permits issued to the contractor license associated with the account, purchase permits, view inspection results, view open corrections, request inspections, pay fee dues, check your job status at a glance. This requires the contractor to create an account in My L&I and subscribe to Electronic Permit and Inspection System (EPIS).

How do you get access to EPIS through My L&I?

  • a. Complete the application for access. When completing the application the contractor will identify a "Primary User" and provide the Primary User's email address. The primary user has the ability to manage other users of the account.
  • b. Submit the completed application form with the notarized signature of the owner or member of the contracting firm by scanning and emailing to: EPISAppsRequest@lni.wa.gov. The Primary User will receive an email from EPIS@lni.wa.gov with directions on creating the account and getting access to EPIS. This email will include the required Approval Code.
  • c. When the email is received follow the instructions in the email to get access to EPIS.

Payment options: Contractor deposit (CD) account, ACH (E-check) or credit card:
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards.

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2. Apply Online with Electrical Permit/Inspection System (EPIS) (no subscription required). This site does not enable the ability to validate class B permits.

Payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, or ACH (Electronic Check, a one time deduction from your bank account). A printer is required.

Faxing, mailing or visiting an L&I office

  1. Download and complete the Contractor Electrical Work Permit Application.
  2. Your method of payment determines your options for mail or in person visit to an L&I office.
  • Contractor deposit (CD) account:
    Fax, mail or bring the application to your local L&I office.
  • Check or money order:
    Mail or bring the check or money order and the application to your local L&I office.
  • Cash:
    Bring the application to your local L&I office.
  • Credit Card: - We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards.

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Property owners

Important:

  • If you hire an electrical contractor they must purchase the permit for the work they do for you. Be sure your electrical contractor is licensed and certified.
  • You should consult with your serving utility before performing an electrical installation that will alter your service. If your serving utility (power company) is Tacoma Power, you must purchase your permit from Tacoma Power. L&I does not inspect electrical installations that are in Tacoma Power jurisdiction.

"" Apply Online with Electrical Permit/Inspection System (EPIS) using your credit card.

Payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, or ACH (Electronic Check, a one time deduction from your bank account). A printer is required.

  • Visa Card

    Mastercard

    Discover

    American Express

    Visa

    MasterCard

    Discover

    American Express

A printer is required.

Mailing or visiting an L&I office

  1. Download and complete the Property Owner Electrical Work Permit Application (F500-094-000).
  2. Mail or bring the check or money order and the application to your local L&I office.
  3. Paying by cash? Bring your application to a local L&I office.
Next step

Request an inspection from L&I or your city within 3 days of completing the installation, or 24 hours of energizing anything to make sure it is safe and up to code.


Partner cities

""Using the My L&I secured site to access EPIS (subscription required) Restricted to cities who have contracted with L&I to perform inspections.

Payment method: Contractor deposit (CD) account.

Note: Some cities (e.g., Auburn and Shoreline) have decided to contract with L&I to perform the inspections. These cities charge fees that are in addition to L&I permit fees.

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