Building Inspections

COVID-19 Update Regarding Inspections

All inspectors will be required to wear face coverings and maintain a safe distance from others. Whenever possible, inspectors will ask to be directed to the entrance closest to the work needing inspection to avoid walking through a residence. 

For questions, please call Building and Development at 703-777-0220, and select option 1. 

Scheduling Inspections

Schedule inspections through the Web Automated Inspection Request System (WAIRS) for the following permit types:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Fire protection
  • Alarm
  • Gas
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing

Instructions for using WAIRS

  • WAIRS may also be used to cancel inspections and obtain inspection results. Inspections may be scheduled for the following work day or for a future date, but may not be scheduled for weekend or county holidays. The cut-off time for scheduling/requesting inspections for the following workday is 12 midnight.
  • Inspections are completed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Re-inspection Fees

  • Re-inspection fees may be charged when inspections are performed for work not ready for inspection.
  • It is strongly recommended you keep your permit number(s) in a secure location. 
  • Only those authorized to schedule inspections for the job should have access to the permit number(s).

Contact

  • For inquiries about the building code, building plan review and building inspections, contact the Building Code Enforcement / Inspections Division at 703-777-0220. 
  • Inspectors may be reached in the office from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.