Administrative Change Request

An administrative change is any minor modification of an approved site plan or use permit which complies with the Zoning Ordinance, the intent of the County Board in its approval of the site plan or use permit and the general purpose of the comprehensive plan for the development of the area. Administrative change requests are reviewed and approved by the Zoning Administrator per the Zoning Ordinance §15.5.3.C. Requests can take up to 30 days to process.

For questions about administrative change requests, contact the Zoning Division: 703-228-3883.

Submission Requirements


You must complete an administrative change request application in Permit Arlington. Click “Create” and select “Planning Application.”

  • Include:
    • A description of requested changes;
    • A statement of support that includes a description of how the requested changes comply with the spirit and intent of the County Board approval of the site plan or use permit, as well as comparisons of building footprints, setbacks, heights, and materials, as appropriate;
    • Any requests to modify building footprints, setbacks, heights, and building façade materials and/or transparency must be accompanied by plats, tables, and/or drawings marked to show both the original approval and requested changes;
    • A letter of consent from the property owner acknowledging the specific changes requested; and
    • Drawings, renderings, photos, material samples, and any other information that will assist the staff in its review.
      • Drawings, renderings, photos, and similar materials must be no smaller than 11 in. by 17 in. and no larger than 24 in. by 36 in.
  • Requests to modify or add an outdoor seating area(s) must be accompanied by a certified plat showing property lines, any easements, and sidewalk clear width for the affected area.


Fee schedules provide the range of fees charged for each type of application or activity related to land development in Arlington. Fees cover permitting, plan review, enforcement, inspection, service delivery, performance agreements, and conditions. There are separate fee schedules for the Inspection Services Division (ISD), Zoning, and the Department of Environmental Services (DES). Some permits involve fees from more than one schedule.