Asbestos Removal/Abatement Permit

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An Asbestos Removal/Abatement Permit must be obtained from Arlington County prior to the removal or disturbance of any asbestos-containing materials during the construction or demolition of a building or structure, including additions.  

NOTE: Asbestos removal also requires a separate permit from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

If you are unsure whether an Asbestos Removal/Abatement Permit is required, contact the Inspection Services Division by email or phone: 703-228-3800

Submission Requirements

You must complete an Asbestos Removal/Abatement Permit application in Permit Arlington. Click “Create” and select “Building Application.”

  • Review Permit Arlington online submission guidelines, which include document sizing and layout, recommended file naming conventions, and file type requirements. 
  • The permit holder, who may be different from the applicant, must be a Licensed Asbestos Contractor with a valid business license. 

Application Process

Apply online 

Completeness check 

  • Applications will be checked for completeness within two (2) business days. 
  • You will receive an email with further instructions if your application is incomplete or not compliant with requirements. 


  • Applicants will receive an email with any review comments and should update the application accordingly. 

 Changes to applications previously submitted in paper or email 

  • If the application was not assigned a permit number, please submit a new application in Permit Arlington
  • If the application was assigned a permit number, create a Permit Arlington account. Contact technical support with your account name, permit number, and the job address to access the permit in the Permit Arlington system.  

Final processing 

  • After required reviews and revisions are completed, contractor information will be verified and permit fees will be calculated. 
  • You will receive an email with final processing information within two (2) business days that includes a permit fee balance to pay online. 

Approvals and printing 

  • Once payment is received, you will receive a digital copy of the permit through your Permit Arlington account. 
  • The applicant is responsible for printing the permit and placard. Removal/abatement may not begin until permits have been issued and posted. 

Scheduling Inspections

Upon the removal or abatement of asbestos, the Asbestos Removal/Abatement Certification must be submitted through the Permit Arlington portal. This form serves as a record of completion of work in lieu of an inspection by the County, which does not perform asbestos inspections.  

Asbestos inspections must, however, be scheduled with the Commonwealth of Virginia.