Once you’ve received the necessary residential permits, you must schedule inspections at certain points in the construction process. When you schedule an inspection, please have a copy of the approved permit, plat and building plans on the job site and available to the inspector during each inspection. It’s the responsibility of the permit holder or the permit holder’s representative to notify the County when the stages of construction that require inspection are reached. Ladders, scaffolds and testing equipment required to complete an inspection must be provided.
Call Arlington to schedule your inspection appointment 24 hrs in advance. Please have your permit number available when scheduling an inspection.
- Integrated Voice Response (IVR): 703-222-3700, 24 hours
- Permit Specialists: 703-228-3800, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Check & Schedule Inspections 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.
Forty-eight (48) hours prior to the start of any excavation, notify Miss Utility at 1-800-257-7777.
Below is a list of required inspections for residential builds and the time at which they occur.
|Inspection Type||Permit Type||When|
|1) Footing||Building||Before pouring concrete|
|2) Groundwork||Plumbing||Before backgrading|
|3) Slab||Building||Before pouring concrete|
|4) Foundation Walls||Building||Before pouring concrete walls, or for reinforce CMU walls.|
|5) Backfill||Building||After waterproofing or before backfilling|
|6) Rough-in||Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical||Before covering work & 1st Gas Test (if applicable)|
|7) Braced Wall Nailing||Building||Before building wrap or windows installed|
|8) Framing||Building||After trade rough-ins (allows insulation)|
|9) Insulation||Building||After insulating (allows close-in)|
|10) Gas Test||Plumbing||Before concealing gas piping|
|11) Final||Electrical, Mechanical||After work is complete|
|12) Final||Building||After trade finals, before Certificate of Occupancy|
|13) Certificate of Occupancy||Certificate of Occupancy||After Finals|
|Other Inspections: (timing depends on needs)|
|Service||Electrical||After upgrading service box|
|Temporary Power||Electrical||Before Virginia Power begins service|
|Concealment Ditch||Electrical||Before backfilling trench|
|Fireplace||Building||Fireplace hearth or throat inspections|
|Sewer/Water Service||Plumbing||When tapping mains/before backfill|
*Sequence of Inspections for Residential Single-Family and Townhouse Construction*