Building

Residential and Commercial

Do I need a permit?  

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 200 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.  

What changes can I make to my property?

What do I need to apply for a building permit?

Who can apply for a permit?

  • The property owner or lessee of the building
  • A licensed engineer
  • An architect, contractor, or subcontractor employed in connection with the prospective work

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.

Does my permit expire?

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.

What current edition of the building code is Hanover enforcing?  

The 2009 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC)

What is the basic design criteria for Hanover?

  • Basic unadjusted design values are:
  • Snow load: 20psf
  • Wind Speed: 90 mph (3 second gusts)
  • Weathering: Severe
  • Frost line: 18"
  • Termite damage: Heavy to moderate 
  • Decay: Moderate
  • Winter design temperature: 15 degrees F

How much is my permit fee? 

Inspections 

Why are inspections required?

Inspections are required to ensure the work has been done in accordance with the building code.

What inspections will I need?

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. 

How do I schedule an inspection?

  • Contact customer service (804) 365-6040 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Call the automated inspection line  (804) 365-6036
  • Online

Can I request a time for my inspection?

No, but you can contact your inspector the day of your inspection between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to receive an approximate time for your inspection.

How can I contact my inspector if I have questions about my inspection? 

You may contact your inspector between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. by calling customer service at (804) 365-6040.

What is a one stop permit?

What are special inspections?