Building permits are required for all new construction and remodeling projects. Zoning permits are required for most construction projects. The Department of Building and Development issues building permits for the entire county, and zoning permits and grading permits for property which is located outside the incorporated towns. The department also conducts building inspections and is responsible for enforcing the Zoning Ordinance.
Effective January 19, 2016, the county shall only accept Affidavit of Owner forms that have been notarized.
For information about building permits, contact the Department of Building and Development at 703-777-0220 (V/TTY). Information also is available online, including a list of required permits, information about how building permits are issued, and guides to building decks and basements. Please see the available resources below.