Building permits are required to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents. Failure to obtain the required permit is a violation of the law. Make sure you determine whether your project is considered Residential or Commercial before proceeding.
Types of projects that require a commercial building permit:
- Installations or alterations involving:
- Removal or addition of any wall, partition or portion therof
- Any structural component
- Repair or replacement of any required component of a fire- or smoke-rated assembly, including adding pipes, conduits or other penetrations
- Alteration of any required means of egress system
- Construction or demolition of any structure
- Movement of a lot line that increases the hazard / decreases the level of safety of an existing building or structure in comparison to the building code under which such building or structure was constructed
- Removal or disturbance of any asbestos-containing materials during the construction or demolition of a building, including additions (this also requires a separate Asbestos Removal Permit)
- Any change from one type of use to another as defined by Chapter 3 of the Building Code.
Commercial Submission Requirements
Commercial building permit applications may be submitted online via ePlan Review or on paper at the Arlington County Permit Office. This permit application and review process is anticipated to move online in a future phase of Permit Arlington.
- You must complete a commercial building permit application.
- Complete an application online
- Complete an application on paper
- Have a permit application that you need to transition from paper to ePlan? Use this guide: Transitioning a Building or LDA Permit Application from Paper to ePlan
Commercial Plan Review Process
Once a building permit is approved, construction can proceed. You must schedule an inspection to ensure the safety and proper progress of the project.
Fee Schedules provide the range of fees charged for each type of application or activity related to land development in Arlington. Fees cover permitting, plan review, enforcement, inspection, service delivery, performance agreements and conditions. There are separate fee schedules for Inspection Services Division (ISD), Zoning and the Department of Environmental Services (DES). Some permits involve fees from more than one schedule.
- Demolition of an existing structure or building is a separate process from the building permit. Learn more about a Demolition Permit.
- A development plan is required if the total land disturbance exceeds 2,500 sq. ft. Learn more about Land Disturbing Activity.
- Permits expire 6 months after the last approved inspected activity on-site.
- If another party is submitting an application(s) on the owner’s behalf, the property owner must complete a Permit Authorization Affidavit.