What is it?

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 "like in kind":
  • Snap switches
  • Fuses
  • Lamp sockets
  • Receptacle outlets
  • Electrical ranges
  • Cook tops
  • Wall heaters
  • Baseboard heaters

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees for residential Electrical Permits issued over-the-counter are based on the base fee, fixtures and technology fee. Fees for commercial Electrical Permits issued over-the-counter are based on the base fee, valuation of work and technology fee. Fees for electrical permits requiring Plan Review are based on the base fee, plan review fee and technology fee. See the Fee Schedule (A-Z) page to download the Electrical Fee Schedule for fee related information.

How Long Does It Take?

We try to finish our initial review of Electrical Permit applications in 21 calendar days from submittal. Most Electrical Permits are issued over-the-counter with the exception of alterations of commercial generators, health or personal care facilities, educational and institutional facilities. How long it takes to get the final permit depends on how complex your project is and how many corrections, if any, you need to make.  

Steps to Get Your Permit

1.  Research
Get your property information. Find property information to help you plan your project.  Property Viewer Interactive Map
Determine restrictions to your project. Research our codes to determine what occupancies are allowed in the building and what  land uses are allowed in that zoning area. Redmond Zoning Code
2. Start Permit Application
Prepare your plans. Plans should be electronic and should be to scale and easy to read. Electrical Permit Application
Coordinate with other agencies. You may need permits or approvals from other agencies. These are the most common agencies you may need to work with for your permit type:

  • King County Public Health – Food Handling
  • King County DSC – Medical Facility

3. Submit Plans and Application Material
Simple over-the-counter permits can be applied for in person at the Development Services Center using a paper application form, and are issued at the time of application. Intake appointments are required when you are submitting any permit that requires plan review or issuance of three (3) or more permits over-the-counter. Call 425-556-2473 to speak with a permit technician who can assist you in scheduling an intake appointment or use Schedule an Appointment button below.

Pay Fees
With Electrical Permits issued over-the-counter, the total fee is due at the time of application. With projects requiring Plan Review, payment of the plan review fee and technology fee is due at intake and the permit fee and fixture fee is due once the permit is approved for issuance.

Plan Review
For plan review projects, your project reviewer will send you a correction letter if changes are needed. Make corrections and resubmit your plans. The project reviewer will instruct you on how to upload new plans through the E-Track portal. 
4. Get Permit and Pay Final Fees
You will be contacted when your plans are approved. Once outstanding fees are paid, you can pick up your permit and approved plans at the Development Service Center with a blank USB drive or log into the E-Track Portal, you can print your permit and approved plans.

5. Schedule Inspection
Request an inspection.  See the E-Track Portal page to schedule an inspection online or use the phone at 425-556-2435 and the PIN number on the permit to request an inspection.
6. Complete Project and Close Permit
Final all inspections and close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.