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Where do I Submit Residential Alterations Plans and Obtain Permits?
Department of Development and Permits
306 Cedar Road, City Hall 2nd Floor
Business Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Who can apply for a permit?
The homeowner may obtain permits and perform their work. If a contractor will be performing the work, the contractor must provide a copy of a current and valid Virginia State Contractor's License and a copy of the appropriate business license.
All additions and most alterations to residential structures require a building permit. The building inspector will normally review the plans and issue the permit at the time of submission. The following steps are required for residential additions and alterations:
Step One: Zoning Review
Zoning Review is required for residential room additions, decks, porches, attached garages, detached garages, swimming pools, sheds, second story additions and in-law suites. Provided the use of the principal structure does not change, the following alterations do not require zoning review: remodel any rooms, converting a carport to garage a garage or habitable space (same size and same location).
- Applicant must submit a survey/site plan of the property. The site plan will show existing structures, property lines, and proposed additions.
- Building Permit Application
- Upon the approval from the Code Compliance Inspector, an application will be generated for the building inspector.
Step Two: Building Plan Review
The Building Inspector will review the application and construction plans. Projects that involve new floor area, alter existing walls, doors, or windows, or change the configuration of a structure will require detailed drawings describing the proposed work. Each set of drawings needs to show enough detail to describe the project and to indicate the proposed work is in compliance with building codes.
NOTE: Plan reviews under 500 square feet are considered a walk-thru plan reviews and permit process. However, projects over 500 square feet must be dropped off at the front counter accompanied by the required plan review fee. Your plans will be reviewed within five (5) business days. A Permit Technician will notify you once the plan review has been completed.
Step Three: Permit Issuance
Upon approval of the plan review, the inspector will issue a building permit. Permit fees are based on the square footage of the area to be finished. If you would like to apply for electrical, mechanical, gas or plumbing permits, you may do so by signing in at the Express Permit workstation at the front counter. You may also go to ezPermits to apply for and pay for permits online from the convenience of your home or office.
Step Four: Inspections
You may call 757-382-CITY to request an inspection or request an inspection online.