Permits are required to protect all people from the effects of the repairs, additions, or new construction which are in violation of the codes and which could cause harm to life and property. Permits are also required to ensure that federally mandated building related requirements, such as energy conservation and accessibility are complied with. Failure to obtain the required permit is a violation of the law.
Permits are issued to property owners, contractors, leasers, architects or engineers. A permit will be issued only to contractors licensed as required by state or local law, who possess an Arlington County business license or reciprocity with another jurisdiction. A permit may be issued to a home owner provided that the dwelling unit is a single family, townhouse, or a condominium unit. A permit becomes invalid if the authorized work is not started within six months of the date of issuance, or if work is discontinued for more than six months.
The Inspection Services Division will answer specific questions about any permit requirements at 703-228-3800.