Planning + Building eNews - February 2017

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County Board Actions

Updates to Accessory Homestay (Short-Term Rental) Regulations

At their January 2017 regular meeting, the County Board approved a Zoning Ordinance amendment that revises the recently adopted accessory homestay regulations. The amendment allows renters, in addition to homeowners, to use their dwelling for accessory homestays in their primary residence, where they live for at least 185 days per year. It also removes the limits on contracts per night. Residents may apply for an accessory homestay permit online.

Building Permits

Arlington County Chief Building Official: Code Interpretation & Policy
The Chief Building official has the sole responsibility of interpreting and enforcing the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). When there is a need for clarity on provisions of VUSBC, the County’s Chief Building Official will publish an interpretation for the specific issue. See recent interpretation on short-term rental (Accessory Homestay).

Most Common Inspection Rejections

Most building permits require inspections at certain milestones in the building process. Inspections are required to ensure the safety and proper progress of the project and to comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). See the top reasons why a project did not pass an inspection.

Neighborhood & Housing Updates

Apply for Neighborhood College

Become a neighborhood advocate through Arlington County’s free Neighborhood College, which meets on eight consecutive Thursday evenings starting March 16, 2017. Apply by February 6!

Affordable Housing Accomplishments

Arlington County has released its FY2016 Affordable Housing Master Plan Annual Report, “Investing in Our Community.” Learn more here.