COVID-19 Updates

During the COVID-19 outbreak, City Hall is now closed to the public. For the duration of this disruption, we are asking the public to move to electronic submissions for their Building Safety and Permitting needs. Download the Permitting During COVID-19 Closures flyer for more details. 

See the latest status of City Hall and other City programs and operations on the City's COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations page

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5/22/2020, 1:30 PM: In support of business reopening there is a special handout on applying for temporary tents. The handout include the standard permit application, plus special guidelines from the Fire Marshal. All applications and supporting documents should be submitted to the permits e-mail. If you have questions about what is allowed, please e-mail the Fire Marshal directly.

4/3/2020, 10:00 AM: The latest plan review times have been posted. This shows projected review times as well as a history from previous quarters.

Also, A Plea: Whenever possible, please use e-mail for contacting us. We have very limited staff to answer the phone. If you’re requesting permit status, asking general questions, requesting inspection results, etc., please e-mail us instead of calling. Please use the online inspection request form instead of calling to schedule inspections.

3/31/2020, 3:00 PM: The Development Services Counter will close to the Public beginning Thursday, 4/2/2020. Access to the counter will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, send us an e-mail or call us at 703-248-5080 (TTY 711). Appointments should only be requested for business which cannot be done electronically or by mail. For more complete details, please see this handout.

3/25/2020, 3:30 PM: The Building Safety division will no longer conduct in-person inspections for interior work at occupied residential properties, including houses, apartments, and condominiums. If you have an inspection of this type, your will be contacted by an inspector to coordinate an inspection with Google Duo.  For more complete details, please see this handout.

For the duration of the disruption, we are asking everyone to move to electronic submissions. 

To request an inspection, please use the web form. We are currently conducting inspections only on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Send permit applications, any supporting paperwork, and plans to the permits e-mail.

For more complete details, please see this handout.


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