The applicant for a permit can either be a licensed contractor or, in certain circumstances, the property owner or business tenant. The City of Falls Church recommends owners only obtain permits if they will do the work themselves. If a contractor is to be used, have the permit issued to the contractor. If the contractor is not known at the time of application, it can be left blank and filled in later, before the permit is issued.
To obtain a permit, a contractor must provide the following:
A copy of the original Virginia State Contractor's License. Printouts of the State website are not acceptable as a substitute.
A form processed by the Commissioner of Revenue, either for an application for a business license or a waiver saying no business license is necessary.
All permits require an application form. Forms are downloadable online and are also available at the Development Services Counter. Please use only the most recent application form when applying for a permit. If you use an older form, you may be asked to fill out a newer one before your application will be accepted.
Several permit applications require additional forms: