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Electrical Inspection & Permits

For Your Home


Get permits and get the work done

Before electrical work begins, you must;



If work is planned for services rated over 400 amps you must;



View the Tacoma Power Service Area and Electrical Inspection Area.

For more information, contact your inspector or call (253) 502-8277.


For Commercial Construction

Before electrical work begins, you must pay all related fees.

If work is planned for services rated over 400 amps you must;

Educational, institutional and health care facilities require the drawings be stamped by a Professional Electrical Engineer. See TMC 2.04.240 and WAC 296-46B-900 for additional requirements.

View the Tacoma Power Service Area and Electrical Inspection Area.

For more information, contact your inspector or call (253) 502-8277.


Online Permitting & Requesting Inspections

Follow the outlined steps to schedule your electrical inspection.

If you are an electrical contractor you can sign up for an online account. There, you can apply and pay for electrical permits, view your electrical inspection records, re-schedule or cancel inspections and request new inspections for your existing permit. If you have questions about the system, call (253) 502-8277 for assistance.


Electrical Code References

The current Electrical Code of the City of Tacoma adopted the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) in its entirety. The NEC includes most requirements for an electrical installation and is available at most technical book stores or a public library. The City of Tacoma Electrical Code, Chapter 2.04 of the Tacoma Municipal Code also adopts the WAC 296-46B and RCW 19.28, but some rules from these documents are amended as outlined in the code. The Tacoma Power Customer Service Policies and Tacoma Municipal Code 12.06 include requirements for supplying electrical service. Tacoma Power Transmission and Distribution Electrical Construction Standards and the Electric Service Handbook provide more detail about the requirements for specific portions of the service system we supply.