Permit Center

The City's multi-department Permit Center allows residents, businesses, contractors, and visitors to obtain construction related permits at one central location. The permit center includes staff members from Code Administration, Finance, Planning & Zoning, and Transportation & Environmental Services; and also offers small business and residential facilitators to assist homeowners and small businesses through the construction permitting process.

Page updated on Nov 15, 2019 at 5:02 PM


Permit Center Hours of Operation

  • Closes at 2 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.
  • Closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, November 5-8
  • Open regularly Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (except City Holidays)

Same Day Service Ends at 4:15 p.m. 

Please be sure to have all plans and applications submitted prior to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday for same day services.


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The new APEX Permitting & Land Use System makes it easier for customers to apply for and obtain permits and approvals electronically. APEX offers electronic application, plan submission and review for permits and land use applications; online payments; real-time status tracking for permit and land use applications; online inspection scheduling, tracking and updates; advanced search capabilities; and easy, effective communication with customers.


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Find out whether a permit is required, what type of permit is needed, and what requirements are necessary for a building permit.


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To apply for a permit, you can submit your application in person, or if you’re seeking a sign, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permit, you can submit it online.


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Determine what it will cost to submit a permit application, and what forms of payment are accepted.


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To check on the status of a permit application or inspection, make sure you have the project address or permit number available, and you can look up the plan review status and inspection history online.


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You can check the Daily Inspection Viewer to learn about daily scheduled inspections and related updates. To schedule an inspection, call ACCESS-automated inspection schedule at 703.746.4560. When calling, please select the appropriate ACCESS Inspection Code for your requested inspection. If ACCESS is unavailable, please call 703.746.4200 for assistance during regular business hours.


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Some City permits are not issued by the Department of Code Administration. Check here to view the list of permits that are required by other departments, and download information about how to obtain them.



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