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September 17, 1999

L&I adds electrical inspection requests to menu of online services

TUMWATER - Electrical and construction contractors can now use the Internet to request electrical inspections.

The Department of Labor & Industries today launched a new service that allows electrical contractors statewide to log on the agency's web site and ask that their projects be inspected. State law requires safety inspections on all new electrical work.

Once made, the request goes directly into an L&I computer system for assignment. If the request is made by 9 p.m. there is a good chance the inspection will be made the next business day, department officials said.

The new system is the fourth method of requesting an electrical inspection - the others being phone, fax or an in-person visit to one of the department's offices. The new 24-hour service is expected to provide more convenience for contractors, improve accuracy and help speed service by the department's electrical section.

The system will tell the contractor the date of the last inspection for the site, and whether the inspection status is active or inactive.

Improvements scheduled for next year will include the ability to purchase electrical work permits online by transferring money from a direct deposit account, and the availability of more inspection detail.

The service is currently only being made available to contractors through a secure Internet connection. Applications are available on the electrical section's web site at /scs/electrical, by calling 360-902-5252.

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