Plumbing/Gas Permit

A plumbing/gas permit is required for adding, removing, or relocating fixtures, appliances, or piping for all plumbing and gas work.

Replacing fixtures and other elements on gas-fueled equipment requires a permit and inspections. On equipment not fueled by gas, however, replacement of fixtures, appliances, or piping of the same type, size, and location does not require a permit. Further exemptions from a permit can be found in §108.2 of the Building Code.

If you are unsure whether a permit is required, contact the Inspection Services Division by email or phone: 703-228-3800.

Submission Requirements

Plumbing/gas permit applications must be submitted online via Permit Arlington.

  • Upon the replacement or new installation of any fuel-burning appliances or equipment in existing buildings, an inspection shall be conducted to ensure that the connected vent or chimney systems are (1) sized in accordance with the building code and (2) are clean and free of any obstruction or blockages, defects or deterioration and are in operable condition. You must provide the completed Chimney Vent Certification form through the revision process
  • Review Permit Arlington 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.
  • Applications that do not have an associated Building Permit may require plans or other supporting documents to be provided.
  • If there is an associated Building Permit, submit the plumbing or gas plans under the Building Permit.
  • Depending on the scope of the project, a fixture count may be required. Many permits that include plumbing fixtures require additional review from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to validate the drainage fixture units.
  • When you apply, you must identify the type of building in your project. Some residential properties are considered commercial per the Building Code and therefore require a commercial permit. Determine whether your project is considered residential or commercial

Application Process

Step 1: Apply Online

Some Plumbing/Gas Permit projects require a Building Permit and plans to be approved and issued before applying for a Plumbing/Gas Permit, while others require plans to be submitted. Review both lists below (click to expand) to determine which instructions apply to your project(s). If you don’t see your project listed in either list, or if there is already a Building Permit for the project, plans should not be submitted with the Plumbing/Gas Permit. 

Does my project require a Building Permit to be approved and issued before applying for a Plumbing/Gas Permit?

The following projects require a Building Permit to be approved and issued before applying for a Plumbing/Gas Permit, because the plumbing/gas plans must be submitted and reviewed with the Building Permit:

  • Bathroom plumbing fixtures (new or relocated) – commercial or residential
  • Bidets connected to own sanitary/sewer (new or relocated) – commercial or residential
  • Dishwasher (new or relocated) – commercial or residential
  • Drinking fountain (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Floor drain (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Floor sink (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Kitchen sinks (new or relocated) – commercial or residential
  • Modular housing – commercial or residential
  • Parking garage drains – commercial only
  • Roof drains – commercial only
  • Service sink (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Sump pump (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Swimming pool plumbing piping (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Washing machine (new or relocated) – commercial only
  • Water heater (new or relocated) – commercial only

Does my project require plans to be submitted when applying for a Plumbing/Gas Permit? Note: If you already have a Building Permit, you don't need to submit plans with your Plumbing/Gas Permit.

The following projects require plans to be submitted when applying for a Plumbing/Gas Permit. Note: If you already have a Building Permit, you don’t need to submit plans with your Plumbing/Gas Permit.

  • DES may review the fixture count and confirm fees depending on the scope of work. This does not require plans, but your plans will be reviewed.
  • If there is new or relocated equipment on the roof, in the parking garage, or in other exterior locations on the site, a plan showing the location of the equipment is required.
  • If the project involves any land disturbance, a plan showing the area of land disturbance is required.
  • Commercial projects that include any of the following:
    • Building sewer and/or tap (new or relocated)
    • Gas appliances or equipment (new or relocated)
    • Gas-powered generator
    • Gas valves (new or relocated)
    • Grease interceptors (new or relocated)
    • Sanitary sewer manhole (new, relocated, replacement, or repair)
    • Sewer ejector pump (new, relocated, replacement, or repair)

 

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 Permit Revisions 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, the applicant will be provided with a digital copy of the permit and placard in the Permit Arlington system.

Accessing the Permit and Placard

  1. Log in to the Permit Arlington customer portal and search for the permit number in the upper right corner. 
  2. Click on the permit number.
  3. Click on "Record Info"
  4. Click on "Attachments"
  5. The applicant should see a file named "permit"

Once the permit has been obtained and posted, construction work can begin.

The placard and permit must be posted at the project site, in adherence with the following guidelines:

  • The approved plan set and support documentation must be available on-site prior to any scheduled inspections
  • Minimum sheet size of 11 in. x 17 in.
    • Supporting documentation (ex: project specifications, structural calculations, etc.) may be printed on 8.5 in. x 11 in. pages.
  • Plans should be legible and of an easily-readable scale
  • Other than site plan drawings, no drawing should be printed at a scale smaller than 1/8 in. = 1 ft.

The applicant will receive access to the approved plan set (approximately two business days). This set will be available in the Permit Arlington system.

Accessing the Approved Plan

  1. Log in to the Permit Arlington customer portal and search for the permit number in the upper right corner. 
  2. Click on the permit number.
  3. Click on "Plan Review"
  4. Click on "Approved Documents"
  5. The applicant should seethe approved plan set.

Scheduling Inspections

Once your permits have been approved, you must schedule inspections to ensure the safety and proper progress of the project.

The individual that will be onsite the day of the inspection must contact the assigned inspector the morning of the inspection. If the inspector is not contacted, the inspection will be cancelled. After 7 a.m. on the day of your scheduled inspection, use this guide to contact your inspector.

Fees

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