Building Inspections & Information


Duties & Responsibility

Community Development administers the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. This includes building permit applications, plan review, issuing building permits and scheduling inspections.


Application for a permit shall be made to the building official and a permit shall be obtained prior to, but not limited to, construction or demolition of a building or structure including installation, alteration, removal, or addition of any wall or structural component. A permit is also required for alteration of required means of egress, electric wiring, fire protection systems, mechanical systems, or fuel supply systems. Full details on when to apply for a permit or exemptions from permits can be found in Section 108, Application for Permit, of the 2012 Virginia Construction Code.

Permit applications are typically accepted in person, via fax, email or by mail. Our department does not accept digital/PDF plans; therefore applications that require plan review are ideally submitted in person or by mail.

If you have difficulty or questions when completing your application feel free to contact our office at 540-775-7111.


All inspections are required to be requested by phone one (1) day in advance before 3:00PM by calling 540-775-7111. Please provide the building permit number and the owner or contractor name when calling in for inspections. A two hour inspection time window can be provided if a call is placed to our office on the day of the inspection between 8:00AM and 8:30AM.

Inspections left by voicemail or email will not be honored.  

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Due to our increasing staff's responsibilities and our need to provide correct and accurate information, staff response may take up to 24 hours.