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      New Online Tools - Online Permit System and Building Code Lookup

      Posted on June 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      The newest paperless initiatives on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s website include a “Local Code Lookup” feature and an eTRAKit online electrical permit system for homeowners.  

      These new tools will make it quicker and easier for homeowners and contractors to access local code information as well as obtain electrical permits online.  With these online tools, people can find the information they need without having to visit or make a call to their local building department.  

      The Local Code Lookup – online at – gives homeowners and contractors online access to one site where they can find local code requirements and code inspectors. The Local Code Lookup will help users find out about which code authority and local jurisdiction for permits they fall under as well as have the ability to search other Minnesota construction codes and licensing disciplines.    

      The Local Code Lookup gives users access to the jurisdiction directory, where they can find information regarding a specific city, township or county.  They also can view contact information for their local code official or code inspector.    
      Almost 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 they occupy under a lawfully filed permit.  

      The department’s new eTRAKit online tool gives homeowners the ability to create an online account to apply for electrical permits, track current and historical permits, review inspection results and pay for electrical permits online. This tool speeds up the process of homeowners creating and paying for electrical permits online. 

      Homeowners set up an eTRAKit account on DLI’s website at and receive a permit number. This number will help them to schedule an electrical inspection and will allow the inspector access to permit information.  Homeowners can use eTRAKit to track the inspection activity for their permit and print copies of the permit if needed.

      eTRAKit first launched in October 2011 and was initially open to only licensed electrical contractors.  Since its launch, 60 percent of all electrical permits have been purchased online. DLI’s eTRAKit system has become an increasingly popular way to create and pay for services.  

      Both the Local Code Lookup and eTRAKit online permit system are welcome additions to the DLI’s paperless initiatives. They make it faster and easier for homeowners and contractors to access the information they need.  These two new online tools are part of Governor Dayton’s policy in creating better government for a better Minnesota.