Residential or Commercial?

Starting Tuesday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. until Tuesday, June 28 at 12 p.m., Permit Arlington, ePlan Review, and online payment will be unavailable to customers.

Starting Wednesday, June 22, at 4:30 p.m., inspections for building and trade permits cannot be scheduled via the automated phone system. Note: Inspections for June 27 or 28 must be scheduled by June 22 at 4:30 p.m.

The Permit Office and Permit Arlington Help Desk will be closed June 22-27. 

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How do you know which kind of permit – residential or commercial – your project requires?

Whether you’re applying for a Residential Building Permit or a Commercial Building Permit is determined by the International Code Council (ICC) standards used to review the permits, not the use of a building – as a home, retail, etc.

Use the tabs below to determine which building permit to apply for.

Residential Building Permit

  • Your project must meet both of the following standards:
    • Detached one- or two-family dwelling or townhouse, and
    • No more than 3 stories in height above ground-level, as defined by the Building Code

Commercial Building Permit

  • Any project that doesn’t meet the Residential Building Permit standards (see other tab)