Planning + Building eNews - October 2018

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Upcoming System Maintenance

REMINDER: Online Permitting Services – Unavailable November 10-12, 2018 (Veterans Day Holiday Weekend)

The ePlan Review portal, check permits, schedule inspections, and Interactive Voice System (IVR) services will be unavailable starting on Saturday, November 10 at 6 a.m. and will return to normal operations on Monday, November 12 at 5 p.m. Learn more about the scheduled data center electrical system maintenance.


Updated Business Process

Stormwater Planter Box Guidelines

Stormwater retention planter boxes are oftentimes located on the building site as part of a system to meet the Department of Environmental Services’ (DES) requirements to mitigate storm water runoff. The building code does not require them. However, when required by DES, the Virginia Residential Code must be met so that their presence does not harm the house.


REMINDER: Commercial Building Plan Review – Effective November 1, 2018

Starting November 1, 2018, paper plans for all commercial building plans that qualify for express (“fast-track”) review will be reviewed in two (2) business days, and three (3) sets of paper plans are required.

  • In-Person Submission Office Hours:
    Commercial Express/Fast-Track: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (except for the first Tuesday of the month; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and the third Thursday at 12 p.m. (Noon))

Building Referenced Codes & Standards

View the updated Residential and Commercial Construction Design parameters An applicant applying for a permit can choose whether to comply with the provisions of the current code or the provisions of the 2012 codes.


Accessory Dwellings (AD) – General Guidelines

View this presentation to learn more about how the broad regulations of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) and the November 2017 amendments to the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance apply to Accessory Dwellings (AD) projects.



Arlington Loves Tree!

Share your outdoor beauty with us! Since 1987, Arlington has identified and registered its most notable trees, as well as the residents who care for them. Nominate a tree you think is notable due to its size, age, history, uniqueness or neighborhood significance. Nominate a tree by Wed., Nov. 15. Learn how to nominate a favorite tree.



Western Rosslyn Area Plan Received Outstanding Implemented Plan Award

Arlington County’s Western Rosslyn Area Plan has been selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Implemented Plan Award from the American Planning Association, National Capital Area Chapter. This unique planning process involved extensive community engagement, public/private partnerships and coordinated redevelopment in order to achieve the County’s vision and goals.


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