Expanded Housing Option (EHO) Development offers an alternative on single-family residential lots that allows for the construction of duplexes, townhouses, and multifamily buildings that meet the design standards in Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (ACZO) §10.4 Expanded Housing Option Development(PDF, 239KB).
EHO projects must obtain zoning approval before any building or trades permits can be issued. This zoning approval is granted through an Expanded Housing Option Permit, or EHO Permit.
EHO Permits DO NOT authorize construction or occupancy. An issued EHO Permit does not constitute approval for any required building permits, trades permits, or certificates of occupancy.
No more than 58 EHO Permits can be issued in per calendar year, with the following allocation:
R-5: 7 permits
R-6: 30 permits
R-8, R-10 & R-20: 21 permits (total)
An application for an EHO Permit must be submitted to the Zoning Division through the Permit Arlington online portal. Before applying for an EHO Permit, applicants can request a Code Consultation to determine whether their proposed EHO project is eligible and meets the minimum eligibility requirements of the Zoning Ordinance.Contact the Zoning Division by email or phone to schedule a pre-submission meeting.
The pre-submission meetings will also provide an overview of the associated requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) that are overseen by the Inspection Services Division (ISD), as well as environmental considerations and best practices overseen by the Department of Environmental Services (DES), and the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR).
EHO Permit applications must be submitted in Permit Arlington. Click "Create" and select "Zoning Application."
All applications must include the following supplemental materials:
- Floor plans
- Building elevations
- Existing property plat and building location survey
- Proposed property plat and building location survey
- Landscaping and/or tree preservation plans
All plans, elevations, surveys, and plats must be scaled. Plats and surveys should be certified. Applicants are encourage to work with a professional architect, designer or surveyor to create suitable supplemental materials. Additional supplemental materials may be requested during review. Allow approximately thirty (30) days to process an EHO Permit after the application is accepted as complete by the Zoning Division.
NOTE: Applicants may apply for a Building Permit at the same time that they apply for an EHO Permit to the Zoning Division. However, the Building Permit cannot be issued until after the EHO Permit is issued. Once a Building Permit is issued, construction can proceed. Be aware that some residential properties are considered commercial per the Building Code and require commercial permits. Applicants should determine whether their project is Residential or Commercial before applying for a Building Permit.
Upon its completion, applicants must file for a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) with the Zoning Division.
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.