Are you a resident planning to renovate your kitchen? If you are replacing cabinets or replacing appliances (not fueled by gas or oil) without relocating any pipes or drywall, there are no permits needed and you can begin right away.
Don’t live in a Condo?
Renovating a kitchen in a condominium can either be a commercial express review or a commercial walk-thru process, depending on the complexity of your project.
If you are replacing drywall, relocating sinks, adding any new circuits, fixtures, switches, receptacles or relocating gas appliances, the following permits are needed:
- Commercial Building Permit for construction of architectural and structural elements and relocation or addition of any pipes
- Electrical Permit for all electrical installations
- Plumbing Permit for all installations of plumbing and gas piping systems
- Mechanical Permit for all installations, alterations or extensions of new or existing ductwork; or the addition or extension of a mechanical heating or cooling system
Construction Document Requirements
Submitted construction documents must contain sufficient information for plan reviewers to be able to review the proposed construction work.
In addition to the Commercial Permit Submission Requirements, when renovating your kitchen you need to include:
- Location of smoke alarms
- Indicate fuel type of stove
- A clear distinction between existing construction, alterations to existing, and new work
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:
- Automated Scheduling System (IVR): 703-228-3700 (Available 24/7)
- Schedule an Inspection online
For fire alarm and sprinkler systems, please call 703-228-3846 . Leave a voicemail and an Inspection Services Division (ISD) Fire Inspector will contact you within 24 hrs to schedule your inspection.
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.