Permit Center

The Alexandria Permit Center is a multi-agency center for citizens, businesses, contractors, and visitors obtain construction related permits at one central location.

Page updated on Oct 20, 2017 at 11:25 AM

The permit center includes staff members from the Alexandria Departments of Code Administration, Finance, Planning & Zoning, and Transportation & Environmental Services. In our efforts to provide the best customer service in the region, the Alexandria Permit Center Team also has Small Business and Residential Facilitators to assist homeowners and small businesses through the construction permitting process.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (except City Holidays) - the Permit Center Closes at 2:00 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.

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.

Alexandria Online Permit Center

All Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fire Protection Systems, Sign, and Demolition Permit Applications must be submitted through the Alexandria Online Permit Center. For your convenience, the Alexandria Permit Center provides customer access to kiosks to submit permit applications electronically if you need to visit the Permit Center. Click below to begin your online application today! 


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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 703.838.4900. 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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