All professional contractors who need to obtain a permit (building or trade) in Arlington County must have:
- A state-issued contractors license. There is no reciprocity between Virginia and any other states.
- An Arlington County-issued business license. There is reciprocity between all counties in Virginia if the licensee does less than $25,000 a year in business.
- An Arlington County-issued Home Improvement License if the contractor does not have a Virginia Home Improvement (HIC) Class A license.
Anyone who does not have a Virginia HIC Class A license will need to submit this documentation and follow these steps:
- Arlington Home Improvement License application (ISD)
- Financial Statement (ISD)
- Contractors’ Bond (ISD)
File one blank copy of your contract form containing this “warning statement from page 51-7 of the “Arlington Code – Home Improvement,” section 6:
- “The contract hereby expressly warrants that all home improvement work done pursuant to this contract shall be of workmanlike quality, and shall be in accordance with all applicable building codes. The contractor further warrants that all materials and supplied equipment shall be of merchantable quality, and shall be fit for the particular use for which they are intended.”
- Take a 20 question true/false exam based on the Arlington Code, administered at the 10th floor of 2100 Clarendon Blvd, M-F (between 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
- File a certificate of insurance with the Inspection Services Division showing you have liability and property damage insurance (minimum $50,000 liability and $10,000 property damage)
- Upon passing the written exam, the contractor will pay $50 and a Home Improvement License will be issued. It will be valid until March 31 of the following year