Important Notice - Please be advised that the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development approved the 2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.
The effective date of the 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code is September 4, 2018. Read on...
The Department of Building Inspection is dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public by assuring that all buildings, structures and related equipment are constructed and maintained within the minimum requirements of the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
We strive to provide code enforcement which is commensurate with our customer’s expectations for professionalism and accountability. We are committed to establishing policies and procedures which impose no impediments to the construction and use of buildings and structures and that are consistent, simple and defensible.
Projects Requiring a Permit
So when is a permit required? Let’s go through the list given in the USBC:
A permit is required when constructing, altering, demolishing or moving any buildings or altering or installing any equipment regulated by the building code and for any change in occupancy. This is the main catch-all and covers most everything. If it’s addressed by any of the model codes adopted by the USBC, a permit is probably required. We field questions on this topic daily and we welcome your call.
A permit is required when moving a lot line. A lot line refers to a property line and although it’s rare to move a property line after a building is erected, it’s still allowable. The reason a permit is required is due to the consideration given to the distance a building is set back from the property lines. If the building is too close to the property line, special construction requirements are triggered so that a fire will not adversely affect buildings on the adjoining property.
A permit is required when removing or disturbing sections of asbestos. Due to the hazards presented by asbestos, messing with and disposing of it are closely regulated. This is triggered by alterations, remodeling or demolition.
The Department’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. at least 1 business day in advance. Permit applications are accepted between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Permits arriving after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted.
If you would like to schedule an inspection via e-mail use the link provided. Please include the following information: Permit Number, Date of Inspection, Site Address, Type of Inspection, Your Name and Phone Number: email@example.com. For generator finals, the homeowner or contractor must be onsite to start the generator.