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Permits, violations & licenses

Get an assigned plans examiner for a multi-phase project

Service overview

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) can assign a plans examiner to a complex, multi-phase construction project. This allows you to have a project scoping meeting with the examiner before you apply for permits so you can avoid conflicts and delays.

The scoping meeting does not include a review of design elements. If you have questions about project design elements, you can request a preliminary review.


Any property owner or their authorized agent may request approval. Authorized agents include:

  • Contractors.
  • PA design professionals.
  • Attorneys.
  • Expediters.


To qualify, your project must:

  • Involve multiple permit applications of the same type. (Separate permits for foundations, site work, or trades do not qualify.) 
  • Include at least 5,000 sq. ft. of floor area.

Residential developments and large commercial buildings involving the phased fit-out of floors are examples of qualifying projects.

All work must be covered under a single design or construction contract.

You must submit your permit application within 30 days of your meeting with a plans examiner.

Where and when

Meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They must be scheduled at least 14 days in advance.

Meetings are held through web or phone conference.


There are no costs associated with this meeting.


Complete the online project scoping meeting request form before submitting your permit application.

Provide a written description of your full project scope, project schedule, and planned phasing of permit applications.

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