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Oct. 4, 2011

Expedited electrical permit process now online



Minnesota's licensed electrical contractors can now expedite their permit application process by creating and paying for electrical permits online.

The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has launched its new eTRAKiT permit system, which enables electrical contractors to create an online account to apply for permits, track current and historical permits, review inspection results and pay fees -- all online in a matter of minutes.

Electrical contractors can now visit DLI's website at www.dli.mn.gov and request a personal identification number to set up an account to begin to use the eTRAKiT permit system, which allows users to:

  • create multiple permits, save them to a "shopping cart" and pay for up to 20 permits at one time using a credit card or eCheck;
  • print copies of their permits and review permit information about their open and finalized historical permits;
  • view and keep track of individual inspection results, fees due and owner information; and
  • create and save a list of all electrical permits in an Excel spreadsheet.

Since July 2011, more than 4,000 electrical permits have been created and issued by a limited number of electrical contractors who have tested and used the eTRAKiT system. These contractors provided DLI overwhelmingly positive feedback about the system's easy and efficient way to submit information and obtain electrical permits for projects throughout the state.

DLI currently receives more than 100,000 requests for electrical permits each year.

This new electrical permit application is only the beginning. DLI has future plans to implement eTRAKiT for all construction codes and licensing disciplines such as building, elevators, high-pressure piping, mechanical, plumbing and sprinklers.

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