Elevator Permit

An Elevator Permit is required for the installation and alteration of elevators, escalators, and material or personnel hoists. If you are unsure whether a permit is required, contact the Inspection Services Division by email or phone: 703-228-3232.

Elevator Permit applications must be submitted online via Permit Arlington

Submission Requirements

Submission Requirements

  • Review online submission guidelines, which include document sizing and layout, standard file naming conventions, and file type requirements.
  • Based on the permit holder and applicant for your project, you may be required to upload a Permit Authorization Affidavit.
  • If there is an associated Building Permit, you will need to provide the permit number. The Building Permit must be issued prior to the submission of the Elevator Permit.
  • Some residential properties are considered commercial per the Building Code and therefore may require a Commercial Building Permit. Determine whether your project is considered residential or commercial.
  • Contractor permit holders should use the contractor company name, not an individual’s name.
  • New installations require the submission of Registered Design Professional (RDP)- or Professional Engineer (PE)-stamped drawings showing equipment layouts, shafts, pits, and elevator machine rooms.
  • Modernizations or alterations/upgrades (non like-for-like replacements) that include structural changes; major modernizations where machines, motors, etc. are being replaced; or changing from overhead machines to MRL installations require PE-stamped drawings. Non-structural drawings do not require PE stamps. Please include specifications (cut) sheets for all items relative to the scope of work.
  • Like-for-like repairs require the submission of specifications (cut) sheets for all parts being replaced and/or for materials used for all items relative to the scope of work.
  • Maintenance agreement repairs that fall under a maintenance agreement require the submission of a copy of the fully executed agreement.
  • Fully executed contracts (signed by all parties) must include a Statement of Work pertaining to the scope of work and a cost proposal/total contract cost relative to the scope and specific to conveyance systems.
  • Abbreviated contracts are acceptable; however, they must include a cover page (contractual parties), scope of work, cost proposal, and signature page(s).


Application Process

Step 1: Apply Online

Step 2: Completeness Check

  • Applications will be checked for completeness within 2 business days.
  • If incomplete, the applicant and all email contacts provided on the application will be contacted by email with an attached letter explaining what is required. 

Step 3: Review and Revisions

  • Commercial projects take up to 3 business days to review.
  • Residential projects take up to 2 business days to review.
  • Review times do not include completeness check or final processing windows.
  • Depending on the scope, some projects may not require further review and will proceed to final processing immediately. 
  • The applicant and all email contacts provided on the application will receive an email with any review comments.
  • View the Permit Revisions webpage to learn how to respond to comments and revise plans or documents. 

Step 4: Final Processing

  • After required reviews and revisions are completed, contractor information will be verified and permit fees will be calculated within two business days. 
  • The applicant and all email contacts provided on the application will be contacted by email with any required changes or with fee information.
  • To pay the fee, enter the permit number into Permit Arlington Online Payment. See help guidelines for adding contacts to a permit.  

Step 5: Approvals and Printing

  • Once payment is received, you will be able to download a digital copy of the permit through your Permit Arlington account.
  • An approved plan set will be available within approximately one business day, also accessible through your Permit Arlington  account.
  • The applicant is responsible for printing the permit and plan set. Construction may not begin until permits have been approved and posted.
  • View printed plan set requirements.
  • Any changes to the plans after permit issuance will require revisions to the permit application or to the approved plan set. If the changes result in alterations to an associated Building Permit, revisions to plans should be submitted under the Building Permit. 

Scheduling Inspections

Once your permits have been issued, you must schedule inspections to ensure the safety and proper progress of the project. All new and existing commercial elevators must be inspected on a yearly basis.

Scheduling Inspections and Checking Results


  • Log in to Permit Arlington.
  • Search for the permit number in the upper right corner. 
  • Click on the permit number. Note: only permits that are issued awaiting inspections can schedule inspections.
  • Click on "Record Info"
  • Click on "Inspections"
  • Click on "schedule or Request an Inspection"
  • Select the day of the inspection and provide your contact name and phone number. Note, we cannot provide a day or time window for the inspection while scheduling it. 
  • The inspection scheduler will contact you to coordinate the date and time of the inspection.

If you need to schedule multiple inspections, or inspections across different permits, you will need to follow the steps for each inspection and permit separately. 

Checking Results

  • Log in to Permit Arlington.
  • Search for the permit number in the upper right corner. 
  • Click on the permit number. 
  • Click on "Record Info" 
  • Click on "Inspections"
  • Below "Schedule or Request an Inspection", the history of the inspection requests and results are available. 


Periodic Inspection Elevator (PIE/PIEE) Instructions(PDF, 484KB)


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 Division, and Department of Environmental Services (DES). Some permits involve fees from more than one schedule.