Building Permits & Inspections
Purpose and Scope
The Building Inspections Office consists of a building official, a team of qualified inspectors, and supporting office staff who are responsible for issuing permits, reviewing plans, and performing inspections during construction for compliance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
The purpose of the USBC is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Virginia residents while ensuring buildings are permitted to be constructed at the least possible cost. In addition, the USBC provides the consistency of recognized standards in regulating the design, construction, occupancy, and use of all structures to provide health, safety, energy, and water conservation as well as barrier-free provisions for the aged or handicapped.
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Virginia’s building codes and regulations are administered through the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). Codes and regulations are adopted by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The 2012 editions of the codes are currently in effect.
Get to know the requirements for a permit, about projects that may be exempt from requiring a permit, and fee and expiration information.
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Learn how to schedule an inspection and which ones you need.