You need an electrical permit when you are adding, replacing, or relocating fire alarm initiating devices, notification appliances, circuit power extenders, or control units. If your fire alarm system has 7 or more devices or this is a new system, you will need a Fire Department review of your plans. This review is conducted as part of the electrical permit issuance process.
You may also need a business license if you are working in Seattle, even if your office is outside the city.
There is a basic fee for fire alarms. Each fire alarm controller and each device (such as horn, strobe, speaker, etc.) costs an additional small fee. Additional Fire Department fees apply.
You can apply at the Applicant Services Center. You don't need an appointment and the wait time is generally less than 20 minutes. Our review time for your permit depends on how complex your project is and the quality and completeness of your original application.
If you are applying for an existing system with less than 7 devices, you can apply for your electrical permit online.
If you are applying for a new system (of any size) or an existing system with 7 or more devices, complete the electrical plan review application. You will need:
To submit your application, visit the Applicant Services Center. Be sure to bring payment information as specified on the permit application form.