Code Consultations

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As you plan your building construction project, you’re likely to have questions about the building code. A code consultation is highly recommended for projects that:

  • Are large or complex in scope
  • Involve a special use or occupancy
  • Employ a novel design
  • Constitute an enlargement or change of use for an existing building

Questions about the requirements of the Zoning Division and Department of Environmental Services cannot be addressed through a code consultation. This free service covers questions related to:

  • Architectural and systems design during the preliminary/schematic design phase
  • Topics involving the Building Code

A code consultation request can be submitted by email or in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of a code consultation?

A code consultation affords designers, homeowners and business owners a venue to discuss elements of a construction project with code officials before the project reaches the final construction documents phase.
 
Projects most likely to benefit from a code consultation:
  • Are large or complex in scope
  • Involve a special use or occupancy
  • Employ a novel design
  • Constitute an enlargement or change of use for an existing building

Who may request a code consultation?

Anyone considering a building construction project may request a code consultation. It’s highly recommended that the project architects/engineers attend the meeting.

How do you schedule a Code Consultation?

Submit a Code Consultation Request Form by email or in person. Complete the form with as much detail as possible. To request a code consultation on a systems design, specify the type of system (mechanical, plumbing, fire, etc.), and a specialist will be made available. Schedule your appointment early, as space is limited.
 
Code Consultations occur at the Arlington County Permit Office. On-site consultations are not available. These discussions do not typically require the full hour, but additional consultations can be scheduled in the event of a complex project.

How much does this cost?

Nothing. This service is offered as a courtesy in order to encourage early contact with code officials.

Are there any limitations or conditions?

The results of a code consultation are not official or binding, as it’s not a part of the permit process.

A code consultation covers topics related to:

  • Architectural and systems design during the preliminary/schematic design phase
  • Topics involving the Building Code