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How to obtain a permit online for subcontractors on commercial or multifamily projects

NEW, easier path! No more calling 3-1-1 or emailing the quick permits team!

Once a commercial or multifamily building permit is issued, subcontractors can now associate their license with the correct commercial project and pay for their permits online. 

  1. Enter the e-permits system. First-time users will need to create an account. (PDF tutorial here.)

  2. Go to Development Services > Apply for a Permit.

  3. When prompted to select a permit type, choose Add Contractor to Permit > Add to Trade Permit.

  4. screenshot of apply for a permit page
  5. Follow the prompts to add your contractor's license to this project. You'll also be asked for the valuation of the work to be completed under your trade permit and to provide a good site contact for inspections. You will need either your permit number or the log number under which the construction plans were reviewed and approved. The general contractor should have this information.

  6. Once the "Add a Contractor" step is complete, use e-permits to search for your permit and pay the permit fees. 

  7. Once the permit fee is paid, the issued permit will be emailed to you and will be available for download within e-permits.


Finding permits that are ready to pay online

If you haven't already, add your contractor's license to your online account by going to the "Account Management" page in e-permits. (You will find a link to this page at the top of the screen.)

Once your license is added to your online account, your open and recent permits will automatically populate on the My Records page. Find the correct permit record and click the option to pay permit fees.

Alternatively, you can also find the permit record by using the Development Services tab in e-permits to search by log number or address.



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Download a PowerPoint tutorial (helpful for setting up an account and adding a license)