Human Services

Permits and Licenses Issued by the Department of Human Services

 

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Food Establishment Licenses
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The construction and operation of all food establishments in Arlington County must comply with Chapter 9.2, Food and Food Handling Code of the Arlington County Code. Arlington County adopted and follows the 2009 FDA Food Code. Plans for new or remodeled establishments must be submitted for review prior to construction. The owner, or his agent, shall submit seven sets of plans to Inspection Services Division, Arlington County Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1000 (10th floor). Building Services (703-228-3800) will forward a copy of the plans to the Environmental Health Office. There is a $40 plan review fee. You may view the Restaurant Construction Guidelines online at this site.

A Health License is required for new food establishments or whenever there is a change of ownership, and the license must be renewed annually. An application processing fee of $40, made payable to Arlington County Treasurer, must accompany the license application and should be mailed or delivered to the Environmental Health Office at 800 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Applications are available from the Environmental Health Office, or you may download the application.

All food establishments must have a Certified Food Manager on site during hours of operation. An individual may become a Certified Food Manager by passing a nationally recognized test and obtaining a Northern Virginia Food Manager's picture identification card at ORS Interactive.

Variance to Permit Dogs in Outside Dining Areas: Arlington restaurants may apply for a variance that permits patrons to bring dogs into outside dining areas.  


Hotel and Motel Establishment Permits
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Tourist establishments such as hotels and motels are inspected to determine compliance with health and safety laws governed by Commonwealth of Virginia Rules and Regulations, and to initiate enforcement procedures when necessary. Virginia Sanitary Regulations for Hotels.

Permits are issued annually for the lodging facility. Additional permits may be issued for on site restaurants, continental breakfasts, swimming pools and spas.

A Health License is required for new tourist establishments or whenever there is a change of ownership, and the license must be renewed annually. An application processing fee of $40, made payable to Arlington County Treasurer, must accompany the license application and should be mailed or delivered to the Environmental Health Office at 800 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Applications are available from the Environmental Health Office, or you may download the application


Mobile Food Unit and Vendor Licenses
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The Guidelines for Itinerant Vendors contains complete regulations pertaining to vending in Arlington County and are available online here in PDF format. Or, obtain a copy of these Guidelines from the Environmental Health Office of the Department of Human Services, at 800 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, or by calling 703-228-7400. In brief, vendors require a peddler's/itinerant merchant's license; and mobile food units must complete a license application and a depot letter. An application processing fee of $40, made payable to Arlington County Treasurer, must accompany the license application and should be mailed or delivered to Environmental Health at 800 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201.These are renewable annually in June. See the Guidelines for complete details about the application and licensing process, or request an application and depot letter from Environmental Health (703-228-7400).  


Swimming Pool Licenses
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The construction and operation of public swimming pools and spas in Arlington County must comply with Chapter 24.1, Water Recreation Facilities Ordinance of the Arlington County Code. Plans for new or remodeled establishments must be submitted for review prior to construction. The owner, or his agent, must submit seven sets of plans to Building Inspection Services, Arlington County Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 804. Building Services (703-228-3800) will forward a copy of the plans to the Environmental Health Program. There is a $160 plan review fee.

A Health License is required for new swimming pools or whenever there is a change of ownership and the license must be renewed annually. Each swimming pool license application must be accompanied by a pool electrical certificate, completed by a Master Electrician, and an application-processing fee of $400 for year-round pools, $200 for seasonal pools, and $100 for each additional body of water. The checks should be made payable to Arlington County Treasurer and mailed or delivered to Environmental Health, 800 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22204.

All swimming pools must have a certified life guard and person in charge on site during all hours of pool operation. The person in charge must be able to demonstrate his/her skills in the areas of water chemistry, hydraulics, microbiology and other relevant areas related to the safe operation of public swimming pools and public spas.

Follow CDC Guidelines to ensure that you have a healthy swimming experience each and every time:   or   


Temporary Food Licenses
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Temporary Food Licenses are issued for special events such as fairs and festivals where food will be prepared or served. All special events are coordinated through the Special Events Coordinator with the Arlington County Police Department. 

  • Please complete the Police Department special events application.
  • Completed applications are given a Reference Number (beginning with SE). All inquiries must use this Reference Number.
  • Approval of the Special Event Application will be given upon receipt and review of the application and the Event Manager obtaining necessary permits, licenses, certificates, inspections and payment of fees.
  • For questions, please call the Arlington County Special Events Hotline 703-228-4232 or Special Events Coordinator 703-228-4075.
  • Each food vendor must also submit an application for a temporary food license. there is a $40 application processing fee. Applications must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the date of the event. Contact Environmental Health at 703-228-7400 to obtain a copy of the Temporary Food service Application packet, or download the application.

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Food Establishment Licenses
Hotel and Motel Establishment Permits
Mobile Food Unit and Vendor Licenses
Swimming Pool Licenses
Temporary Food License


Last Modified: January 27, 2014
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