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June 11, 2012

Online electrical permit process opens to homeowners

Minnesota's homeowners can now expedite their permit application process by creating and paying for electrical permits online. Homeowners can apply for electrical permits for a one-family dwelling.

The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has opened its eTRAKiT permit system to homeowners, which enables the creation of an online account to apply for permits, track current and historical permits, review inspection results and pay fees.

DLI receives more than 100,000 requests for electrical permits each year. Approximately 10 percent of these are homeowner electrical permits.

Homeowners can visit DLI's website at www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/etrakit_homeowner.asp to set up an eTRAKiT account and file an electrical permit. The homeowner will receive a permit number, which will help the homeowner schedule an electrical inspection and will allow the inspector to access the permit information in eTRAKiT.

Homeowners can track the electrical inspection activity for their permit and will always have access to the information or be able to print copies of the permit for insurance reasons or other purposes.

Essentially all electrical work in Minnesota is required to be performed by licensed electrical contractors and their licensed electricians. However, a homeowner is permitted to perform electrical work in the one-family home that they occupy or will occupy upon completion of construction.

Under a lawfully filed permit, the scope of work a homeowner can perform could be as simple as replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan or as complex as wiring a new home.

eTRAKiT first launched in October 2011 and was initially open to just licensed electrical contractors. Since its launch, 60 percent of all electrical permits have been purchased online.

DLI's eTRAKiT system has proven to be popular among electrical contractors. Results of a survey sent to eTRAKiT users show 78 percent of respondents liked to use the program to create and pay for services versus filling out and mailing paper forms and 90 percent found the system easy to use.

DLI has future plans to implement eTRAKiT for all construction codes and licensing disciplines such as building, elevators, mechanical, plumbing and sprinklers.

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