Projects that involve building a new structure, altering an existing structure, demolishing, or changing the use of a structure requires a permit. This includes structures such as an addition, accessory structures over 256 sq. ft., swimming pools, and some interior remodeling. Most electrical, mechanical and plumbing work excluding basic repairs require a permit. You must obtain a permit before any work begins. For additional information concerning when a permit is required please contact
our office at (804) 365-6040.
Engineers, architects, contractors, or subcontractors must be licensed to practice in Virginia. If you are not a licensed contractor you need to submit the contractor licensure exemption affidavit.
A permit expires if work on the project has not begun within 6 months after issuance of the permit or the work on the project is suspended or abandoned for a period of 6 months after the permit is issued.
The 2009 and 2012 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC)
Inspections are required to ensure the work has been done in accordance with the building code.
The scope of work will determine which inspections you need. You will receive a list of inspections and their sequence when your permit is issued. It is your responsibility to make sure that all inspections are scheduled when required.
No, but you can contact your inspector the day of your inspection between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to receive an approximate time for your inspection.
You may contact your inspector between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. by calling customer service at (804) 365-6040.
Contractor Licensure Exemption Affidavit
Commercial Electrical Application
Mechanical HVAC Application
Mechanical Fire Protection Application
Mechanical Gas Application