ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today launched Arlington's participation in Building Safety Month with a public proclamation during the April Recessed County Board Meeting. Arlington joins the nationwide building community in celebrating Building Safety Month during May, with the theme “Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks.”
Arlington prides itself on providing great customer service, efficiency, and predictability, while always putting building safety first. The County invests in technology, infrastructure and staff trainings to ensure that it continues to be a leader in building safe and sustainable structures.
“Building safety is our focus every day, although most of that work happens behind the scenes,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “We're happy to call special attention in May to Arlington’s building safety staff and others in the construction industry who work year-round, largely unrecognized, to ensure the safe construction of buildings.”
Our local officials, in conjunction with state and federal officials, use their expertise in the built environment to create and enforce the highest-quality codes to protect Arlingtonians in both commercial and residential buildings.
Annually, the County:
Arlington recognizes that permit applicants need their plans reviewed and approved in a reliable, streamlined and affordable process. With that in mind, the County made these improvements in the past several years:
Arlington has invested in both technology and talent to ensure the permitting process is as efficient as possible without sacrificing safety standards. The Inspection Services Division has invested in:
We are planning still more improvements, including expanded hours, a mobile workforce and a new permitting system.
In 2009, the County established an enterprise fund that pays for Zoning Administration, Permit Processing, Code Compliance and Plan Review entirely through fees for those services.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -- including the Pentagon -- Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.