Permit Information & Permit Application Packets

PERMIT FEES

Please note that as of July 1, 2019 a new fee schedule took effect.  It is recommended that prior to submitting your payment, you verify the associated fees with our Permit Technicians at 540-459-6185.

Fee schedule: Click Here

2% State of Virginia Levy will be added to the total price of each permit unless noted otherwise.

Permit Cancellation or Refund

The following sections apply to the revocation, abandonment, discontinuance, or cancellation of a permit.  Any permit holders requesting to cancel a permit and/or obtain a refund must do so in writing to the Code Official as required by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

107 Refunds:

The cost of inspections performed and any penalties assessed by Code Official will be deducted from the original permit fee. The refund shall not be required to exceed an amount which correlates to work not completed and will be mailed to the permit holder in approximately 30 days.

If a licensed Contractor applied and paid for the permit he or she may either cancel the permit and request a refund or transfer the permit to the Owner. If the permit is canceled, all work must stop until a new permit is issued. If the Contractor agrees to transfer the permit to the Owner work may continue without interruption.

The Contractor will be responsible for code compliance for all work done prior to cancellation or transfer of the permit. A site inspection may be required by an inspector to verify code compliance of work already completed.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call this office at (540-459-6185).

Do I need a permit or not?

A zoning permit is required for any improvement made to your property even if you are exempt from obtaining a building permit.  Contact the Zoning Administrator for further information.

108.1 When applications are required:

  1. Construction or demolition of a building or structure.  Installations or alterations involving (i) the removal or addition of any wall, partition or portion thereof, (ii) any structural component, (iii) the repair or replacement of any required component of a fire or smoke rated assembly, (iv) the alteration of any required means of egress system, (v) water supply and distribution system, sanitary drainage system or vent system, (vi) electric wiring, (vii) fire protection system, mechanical system, or fuel supply systems, or (viii) any equipment regulated by the USBC.
  2. For change of occupancy, application for a permit shall be made when a new certificate of occupancy is required under Section 103.3.
  3. Movement of a lot line that increases the hazard to or decreases the level of safety of an existing building or structure in comparison to the building code under which such building or structure was constructed.
  4. Removal or disturbing of any asbestos containing materials during the construction or demolition of a building or structure, including additions.

For a list of Permit Exemptions, click the link below.  It is always best to contact the Building Inspections Department to verify if your project meets any of these exemptions prior to any work being performed.

https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/sites/default/files/Docx/building-codes-regulations/archive-codes/2015/2015-virginia-construction-part-1-code.pdf

Application Packets

*** Due to an increase in fraudulent activity all permits must now be obtained by the license holder or a permit authorization Affidavit must be submitted by the license holder on the form obtainable below.

If you are applying for a Residential Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, or Fuel Gas Permit, please complete the Universal Application Form to apply.

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS

HOME SWEET HOME.  For the construction of a New Residential Single Family Dwelling, click the link below for the application packet.

RESIDENTIAL DECK ADDITIONS

Decks are a great extension of your home, outdoor entertainment, or a place to grill.  For the construction of a residential deck addition, click the link below for the application packet.

ADDITIONS (Excluding Decks)

UPGRADE TIME.  For the construction of an addition attached to the existing dwelling, click the link below for the application packet.

RENOVATIONS

For any interior renovations within an existing dwelling, click the link below for the application packet.

FINISHED BASEMENT

Man Cave or Lady Lounge? If you are finishing an existing basement or a portion of, click the link below for the application packet.

IN-GROUND OR ABOVE GROUND POOLS

Keep cool during the summer?  Great, however to ensure the safety of you, your family, friends, and neighbors, click the link below for your permit packet.

POLE BUILDINGS (EXCLUDES FARM STRUCTURES)

For your post and beam type buildings to store your goodies, click the link below for the application packet.

STORAGE SHEDS & METAL CARPORTS

Run out of room or a need a place to put your mower?   As simple as they are, they still need to meet a few requirements.  Refer to the link below for the application packet.

SOLAR PANELS

Ahhh, renewable energy!   For your roof or ground mount solar arrays, refer to the application packet below and start saving energy.

FARM STRUCTURES

When the cows come home!  For the construction of a farm structure, you must complete the forms within the packet below.  Follow the guidelines carefully.  If adding electric to an existing or new farm structure, the power company will require approval from this department and the forms within the packet are still required.

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, ADDITIONS, RENOVATIONS, & CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION

For the construction of a new commercial building, addition, or renovations, please complete the forms within the packet below.

SIGNS (WALL, ROOF, GROUND, PROJECTION, MARQUEE, & PORTABLE)

Please click the link below for the forms to be completed for your sign permit.

DEMOLITION

Want to relieve some stress, lets demo!   Click the link below for the application packet.

TENTS OR OTHER MEMBRANE STRUCTURES (Exceeding 9000 square feet).

Having a wedding or other event and you are putting up a tent?  If yes, then click the link below for the required information and forms to be submitted.

FIRE ALARM OR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

If you are installing or repairing either a fire alarm or a sprinkler system, you must complete the permit application form.  Also two sets of NICET Certified plans are required.   Below is the Fire Alarm & Sprinkler Checklist form that is to be submitted prior to schedule an inspection.

KITCHEN EXHAUST HOODS & SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

If you are installing a new kitchen hood or changing appliances in an existing system, please complete the permit application form.  Two sets of drawings are to be submitted to this office for review and approval.   The system must be pre-checked by the installer prior to scheduling the inspection.

MISC FORMS