Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? If you’re only replacing cabinets or replacing appliances (not fueled by gas or oil) without relocating any pipes or dry wall, there are no permits needed and you can begin right away.
Requirements differ for residents that live in a condo. Learn more about renovating condo kitchens.
Renovating a kitchen can either be an express review or a walk-thru review, depending on the complexity of your project.
If you’re replacing drywall, relocating sinks, adding any new circuits, fixtures, switches, receptacles or relocating gas appliances, the following permits are needed:
- 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 or ventilation systems
Construction Document Requirements
Submitted construction documents must contain sufficient information for plan reviewers to be able to review the proposed construction work.
(Note: Floor plans must include the entire floor, be drawn to scale, and have dimensions and rooms identified.)
In addition to the Residential 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.