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 addresses are required on all permits purchased online. The email address is used to send an email when an inspection has been uploaded by an inspector.

Most Electrical Work Requires a Permit and Inspection

Find out how to:

Purchase a permit before the work is started. Businesses purchase annual permits as property owners.

Note: The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) is adopted effective July 1, 2017. Permits purchased after June 30, 2017, will be inspected using the 2017 NEC.

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What you need to purchase an electrical permit:

  • Property owner name (site owner).
  • Location: Street address where the work will be done:
    • Whether the address is within the city limits.
    • County.
    • Zip code.
  • Serving utility (power company name).
  • Complete description of the work to do.
  • Directions to the job site location from the nearest main crossroad to the location.

Request an inspection after you've completed the work. Note: You can also review inspection results, pay fees due, and print permits here.

  • When requesting an inspection, provide information of what is to be inspected.

Check what fees will apply.

Other important information

  • If you're not sure if your work requires a permit — check WAC 296-46B-901 (app.leg.wa.gov).
  • If you hire an electrical contractor:
  • When is an electrical plan review required?
    For all educational, institutional, health or other personal care facilities, electrical plans for any installations or alterations must be reviewed and approved before the electrical installation or alteration is started or an inspection can be performed. See Electrical Plan Review for more information.

For more information:

Electrical Installations: What you should know before doing electrical work (F500-078-000)

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