“Applicant” is used here to mean the company or person to whom the permit will be issued. This is not necessarily the same as the who is submitting the application and plans. Anyone can submit the application and plans.
The applicant for a permit can either be a licensed contractor or, in certain circumstances, the property owner or business tenant. The City of Falls Church recommends owners only obtain permits if they will do the work themselves. If a contractor is to be used, have the permit issued to the contractor. If the contractor is not known at the time of application, the “Applicant” section of the application form can be left blank at submission. It can be filled in later, before the permit is issued.
To obtain a permit, a contractor must provide the following:
A copy of the original Virginia State Contractor's License. Printouts of the State website are not acceptable as a substitute.
A form processed by the Commissioner of Revenue, either for an application for a business license or a waiver saying no business license is necessary.
All permits require an application form. Forms are available online and at the Development Services Counter. Please use only the most recent version of a form when applying for a permit. If you use an older form, you may be asked to fill out a newer one before your application will be accepted.
Several permit applications require additional forms: