Are you a resident planning to renovate your kitchen? If you are replacing cabinets or replacing appliances without relocating any pipes or dry wall, there are no permits needed and you can begin right away.
If you are replacing drywall, relocating sinks, adding any new circuits, fixtures, switches, receptacles or relocating gas appliances, the following permits are needed:
- Commercial Building Permit for construction of architectural and structural elements and relocation or addition of any pipes.
- Electrical Permit for all electrical installations.
- Plumbing Permit for all installations of plumbing and gas piping systems.
- Mechanical Permit for all installations, alterations or extensions of new or existing ductwork; or the addition or extension of a mechanical heating or cooling system.
Renovating a kitchen in a condominium can either be a Fast Track Review or a Commercial Review Process depending on the complexity of your project. For details about the process, see the Commercial Permit Review Process link below.
Construction Document Requirements
Submitted Construction documents must contain sufficient information for plan reviewers to be able to review the proposed construction work. For details about what information is required on plans, see the Commercial Permit Checklist link below.
In addition to the Commercial Permit Submission Requirements, when renovating your kitchen you need to include:
- Location of smoke alarms
- Indicate fuel type of stove
- A clear distinction between existing construction, alterations to existing, and new work
Throughout your building permit process and depending upon the extent of the work, you will be required to complete different inspections throughout your building process. For details about Inspections, see the Residential Inspections link below.
Call Arlington to schedule your inspection appointment 24hrs in advance:
- Integrated Voice Response (IVR): 703-222-3700, 24 hours
- Permit Specialists: 703-228-3800, 8am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday
The cost for permits varies depending upon each project. For an overview of permit fees, see:
- We recommend that you bring copies of all applicable licenses when applying for permits. It is imperative that you have the property owner’s (not the tenant) name, address, phone number and written permission to perform the work.
- Fast Track hours are from 8am-3:30pm Tuesday – Thursday
- It can take 1-4 hours to complete a commercial Fast Track Review
- Any permit expires 6 months after the last approved inspected activity on the site.
- If someone other than the permit holder is tasked with getting the permit from CPHD, they must have an Affidavit of Permit Authorization