You need an electrical permit any time electrical wiring is installed, altered, extended, or connected to any electrical equipment. As long as the circuit wasn’t altered or changed, and met the code at the time of installation, you don't need an electrical permit to replace:
You also do not need a permit for some residential and minimally-sized communications systems.
Special events, such as street fairs that have temporary power installations, require an electrical permit.
The professional who applies for electrical permits must have a state of Washington electrical contractor’s license. Find more information about contractor licensing from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries and the Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes. Homeowners can do their own work, as long as they both own and occupy the home they’re working on.
While we can issue many electrical permits over the counter on the same day that you apply, some permits require plan review. For example:
Our fees vary depending on what you are installing or altering.
We issue many electrical permits over the counter, on the same day that you apply. You can apply online and print your permit immediately, or visit us at the Applicant Services Center. If your permit requires plan review, it may take a few weeks after you apply before we issue your permit.
If your permit does not require plan review:
If your permit requires plan review:
You can also mail or fax in your application, whether for an over-the-counter or plan review permit. We give priority to walk-in customers.
DPD, OTC Permits
700 Fifth Ave., Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
Fax: (206) 684-8113
If your permit does not require review, you’ll receive your permit immediately after you apply (either online or in person). If you apply by mail or fax, we’ll send your permit to you.
If your permit requires review, our electrical plan reviewers will notify if you if plan changes are needed. We’ll issue your permit after you make all correct and pay any outstanding fees.
Most permits require three electrical inspections: cover, service, and final.