Until further notice, L&I electrical inspections will be performed based on construction activities allowed by the phase of the Governor’s safe start plan in the county where the project is located.

For more information, visit: Safe Start | Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)  and https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers

Electrical work in Washington requires a permit and inspection. However, there are a few exceptions. If you're not sure if your work requires an electrical permit and inspection, check Chapter 296-46B-901 WAC.

Electrical permits must be purchased by the electrical contractor or the property owner or homeowner who will actually be doing the work. If you are hiring an electrical contractor, they must purchase their own permits for the work they do on your property.

You must get your electrical permit and inspection from the correct jurisdiction:

plan review is required for electrical installations or alterations at educational, institutional, health, or other personal care facilities within L&I’s jurisdiction.

L&I inspects electrical work using the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC). To access the read only version on that webpage,  locate View this Document, select FREE ACCESS > Locate Select the Free Access Edition, make your selection, select VIEW.

Getting started

You must purchase a permit before starting any electrical work. Visit our Purchase Permits & Request Inspections page for more information about permits and inspections.

Contact us


  • Electrical Licensing and Certification: 360-902-5269
  • Electrical Citation and Amusement Ride Support Desk: 360-902-5570
  • Electrical Plan Review: 360-902-5246

Local offices

Find an office location near you.




Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Electrical Program
P.O. Box 44460
Olympia WA 98504-4460