Most building projects require a residential or commercial building permit. Other permits may be required as well, depending on the project. Generally, any type of structural work will require a building permit, although smaller-scale projects like residential cabinets, small sheds and trim will not (see a list of residential permit exceptions). Some projects will also require one or more trade permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing or fire) even if a building permit is not required. Trade permits require a paper permit application. See our Forms Library.
NOTE: Beginning Sunday, April 1, 2018, all new applications for Land-Disturbing Activity (LDA) Permits will be required to be submitted electronically through Arlington County’s ePlan Review portal. We encourage customers who have been using our paper option to begin submitting new LDA Permit applications electronically before the April 1 implementation date to make your transition easier. All paper LDA permit applications already submitted and in process prior to April 1 will continue to be reviewed on paper.