The County issues several types of permits related to the building process. Browse the sections below to learn more about permits. Failure to obtain the required permit is a violation of the law. If you need assistance, call our Help Desk at 703-228-3800.
Building permits are required to protect all people from the effects of the repairs, additions, or new construction which are in violation of codes and could cause harm to life and property. Customers can choose to submit Building permits and Land Disturbing Activity permits applications in paper or electronic.
- Learn more about Residential Building Permits and whether you need one.
- Learn more about Commercial Building Permits.
- Other Building Permits
Both the County Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) issue use permits, with similar but separate processes and requirements. Use permits are required for land and building uses which are outside the rights of the Zoning Ordinance in some zoning districts. The use permit provides a process for considering and approving such uses.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) grants its own use permits and variances that modify requirements contained in the Zoning Ordinance with respect to physical location of improvements on a lot or parcel of land in particular zones, including setback and other placement requirements.