Arlington has a group of highly effective inspectors trained in the maintenance of existing structures and the premises they occupy. Inspectors are not only certified by the Commonwealth’s Department of Housing and Community Development, but have also achieved certification in their field through the International Code Council, an international code development and certification body.
With code changes cycling every three years, inspectors are actively involved in the code development process and with the state and professional organizations empowered to impact effective codes and code administration.
Enforcement inspectors work with other Arlington County agencies to ensure an efficient resolution of sub-standard conditions. Inspectors are trained and, when directed, activated following emergency events declared by the Arlington Office of Emergency Management.
To meet the needs of the Arlington demographic, more than half of the staff speak foreign languages, with 25% of the enforcement group fluent in Spanish. Subject matter experts within the group also have specialties in commercial construction, court proceedings, environmental issues, cultural sensitivities, compulsive hoarding and other areas.
When field staff are unavailable, technical assistants provide assistance to citizens to ensure the efficient flow of information and agency responsiveness. Technical assistants also review and update cases. They are available from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, 10th Fl.