About Inspection Services

The Arlington County Permit Office is CLOSED for in-person customer service. Many services are available online. Learn more.

The Inspection Services Division (ISD) ensures that all structures in Arlington are safe and comply with the Building Code. ISD staff assist with Code-compliant design and construction through permitting, reviews and inspections. Inspection Services also ensures the ongoing maintenance and safe occupancy of buildings. ISDconsists of four fully-accredited teams: Permit AdministrationPlan ReviewBuilding and Trade Inspections and Code Enforcement.

Arlington County Permit Office
703-228-3800 | Contact Us
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Suite 1000 (10th floor)
Arlington, VA 22201

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Closed at 12:00 p.m. every third Thursday of the month)

Permit Administration

Most construction projects require building and trade permits, which ISD regulates. Building permits are either Residential or Commercial, depending on the nature of the project. Trade permits include electrical, mechanical, and plumbing and gas permits. Permit Administration is responsible for the intake, routing and issuance of these permits. If you have questions about the building or trade permitting processes, they are here to assist you.

Plan Review

ISD checks permit applications, building plans and construction documents for compliance with the Building Code. ISD also offers complimentary Code Consultations for building permit applicants who are unfamiliar with the County process and statewide requirements.

Building and Trade Inspections

The Building and Trade Inspections team ensures that structures conform to issued permits, approved construction documents and the Building Code. Inspections are required at certain milestones during the construction process and are typically scheduled 24 hours in advance.

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement uniformly and equitably enforces property maintenance standards for safety and health. Code Enforcement inspectors investigate proactively and respond to complaints of Code violations. Code Enforcement also enforces the Noise Control Ordinance.