Building Plan Review Times

Listed below are the current review times and backlog for normally submitted plans to the Building Plan Review Division. Please note, times listed below are averages based on recent reviews and may not reflect your actual review time. The status of your plan may be found online, via email or by contacting Building Plan Review at 703-222-0114, TTY 711.

Building Plan Review times for residential and commercial plans submitted under the Expedited Building Plan Review Program can reduce the total times for initial review noted below by 2 - 4 weeks, depending on the plan type.

Plan Type Backlog (time from submission to assignment to a reviewer) Review Time (time from assignment to completion of full review) Total estimated time for first set of reviews
Masterfiles (R# plans) 1 - 2 weeks 1 week 2 - 3 weeks
New single family dwellings (R# plans) 1 - 2 weeks 1 week 2 - 3 weeks
Additions to single family dwellings (R# plans) 1 week 1 week 1 - 2 weeks
Tenant Layouts (Q# plans - non Fast Track) 4 weeks 4 - 5 weeks 8 - 9 weeks
New commercial buildings and additions (Q# plans) 4 weeks 5 - 7 weeks 9 - 11 weeks
Retaining walls and similar structures 2 weeks 1 week 3 weeks
Elevators, Escalators, Hoists and Lifts 1 week 1 - 2 weeks 2 - 3 weeks


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