The Inspections Department handles all the county’s building code and building permit issues. State law requires a building permit for most residential and commercial construction projects. It is our goal to work with our customers to ensure them an enjoyable experience and to ensure the end result, of the project will meet all codes required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I request an inspection?
To request an inspection, please call our office at 434-985-5204 at least 24 hours in advance and speak with a Permit Technician. Please always have your building permit number ready upon calling.
What are the permit fees?
See the Fee Schedule. We suggest you always call our office for final pricing before you write a check.
When is a permit needed?
As stated in the USBC, applications for a permit shall be made to the building official and a permit shall be obtained prior to the commencement of any of the following activities, except that applications for emergency construction, alterations or equipment replacement shall be submitted by the end of the first working day that follows the day such work commences. In addition, the building official may authorize work to commence pending the receipt of an application or the issuance of a permit.
Construction or demolition of a building or structure, including the installation or altering of any equipment regulated by the USBC.
We get asked about often if a permit is needed for the following:
Decks, sheds, garages, carports, oversized tents, new gas installation, new gas appliances, finishing a basement, new chimney, generators, new gas logs/stove, demolition of a structure, enclosing a porch or deck, remodeling a structure. A zoning permit is always needed for prebuilt moveable sheds, also garages, carports and farm buildings to ensure setback regulations are being met.
The answer is YES, you need a permit.
How do I make a complaint on a contractor with the Virginia DPOR?
- Call the Department of Code Compliance, 703-324-1300, TTY 711; or
- Call the Virginia State Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 804-367-8500, TTY 711.
- If a person identifies him/herself as a licensed contractor and it is discovered the person is not licensed, it is a violation of Virginia state law. Complaints/violations may be reported by calling 703-324-1300, TTY 711, or by filling out the online complaint form.