Are you a resident planning to build a new house? This process will include acquiring permits and completing all necessary inspections.
Building a new house requires a variety of permits to ensure that your house is safe and up to code.
- Residential Building Permit for construction of architectural and structural elements
- Electrical Permit for all electrical installations
- Plumbing Permit for all installations of plumbing and gas piping systems
- Mechanical Permit for installations of heating and air conditioning system
Department of Environmental Services (DES) Permits
- Land Disturbing Activity Permit Application is required for any activities that disturb more than 2,500 square feet of land. Guidelines on how to calculate total area of disturbance. Tree protection and specifications.
- Water Quality Impact Assessment Data Sheet is required if the property is located within a Resource Protection Area (RPA) or County required Flood Buffer Zone. Check the RPA map for details.
- Flood Plain permit is required if purposed construction is within the 100-year flood plain or County-required Flood Buffer Zone. Contact DES for the permit.
- Right-of-Way Permits are required for installation, connection, repairs of utilities and/or any work performed within the County right-of-way. (Sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway apron, gas, electric, etc.)
- Transportation Right-of-Way Permits are required for any proposed work that may block or substantially limit the use of the roadway, sidewalks and/or parking meters. The use of construction equipment, cranes, dumpster, PODs, trailers, trucks, lane closures, over weight and oversized vehicles, parking meter closures, and sidewalk closures in the public right of way.
Building a new house is a walk-thru review process.
For details about the process, see:
- Residential Permit Review Process
- Water Quality Impact Assessment Plan Checklist
- Water Quality Impact Assessment Submission Requirements
Construction Document Requirements
Submitted construction documents must contain sufficient information for plan reviewers to be able to review the proposed construction work.
- Residential Permit Submission Requirements
- DES Permit Submission Requirements and Minimum Acceptable Criteria Checklist
Throughout your building permit process and depending upon the extent of the work, you will be required to complete different inspections.
Call Arlington to schedule your inspection appointment 24 hours in advance:
- Integrated Voice Response (IVR): 703-222-3700, 24 hours
- Permit Specialists: 703-228-3800, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
The cost for permits varies depending upon each project.
- Any permit expires 6 months after the last approved inspected activity on the site.
- If someone other than the permit holder is tasked with getting the permit from the department, they must have an Affidavit of Permit Authorization.