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Purchase Permits & Request Inspections

Log on to Secure Access Washington (SAW) Secure application

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 SAW.

Important

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.
  • via 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

"" Apply Online with SecureAccess Washington (SAW) (subscription required see below for sign-up instructions)

Note: Internet Explorer is the browser of preference for the best performance of the online permitting service. You may experience performance issues when using other browsers.

Apple/MacIntosh users — The Safari browser will not work with this application, please use the Firefox/Mozilla browser.

Open a contractor deposit account with L&I. SAW benefit: Track your account balance and history. Review your L&I permits and inspection results at a glance. Validate class B permits.

Payment method of credit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Expres or contractor deposit (CD) account.

Sign-up instructions:

  1. Complete the Application to Access L&I's Electronic Permit & Inspection System (EPIS) and submit it to L&I using the directions on the application form.
  2. Create a username and password in SAW.
  3. Add EPIS (Electronic Permit & Inspection System) to your SAW account.

"" Apply Online with Electrical Permit/Inspection System (EPIS) (no subscription required)

Note: Internet Explorer is the browser of preference for the best performance of the online permitting service. You may experience performance issues when using other browsers.

Apple/MacIntosh users – The Safari browser will not work with this application, please use the Firefox/Mozilla browser.

Payment method: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. 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 paying:
  • Contractor deposit (CD) account:
    Fax, mail or bring the application to your local L&I office.
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express):
    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.

Property owners

Important:

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

Note: Internet Explorer is the browser of preference for the best performance of the online permitting service. You may experience performance issues when using other browsers.

Apple/MacIntosh users – The Safari browser will not work with this application, please use the Firefox/Mozilla browser.

Payment method: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and 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 to make sure it is safe and up to code.


Partner cities

"" Apply Online with SecureAccess Washington (SAW) (subscription required) Restricted to cities who have contracted with L&I to perform inspections.

Note: Internet Explorer is the browser of preference for the best performance of the online permitting service. You may experience performance issues when using other browsers.

Apple/MacIntosh users – The Safari browser will not work with this application, please use the Firefox/Mozilla browser.

Payment method: Contractor deposit (CD) account.

Note: Some cities have their own electrical inspection program. These cities charge fees that are in addition to L&I permit fees. However, some of those cities have decided to contract with L&I to perform the inspections.

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