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If the home will be constructed in a new subdivision, a subdivision construction drawing must be submitted to the Department of Development and Permits, Development Engineering Division, City Hall, 3rd Floor, for approval (Site Plan Approval).
The plat for a private residential lot in the City of Chesapeake should be recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office with a Map Book and Page Number. If the plat has not been recorded, the builder or owner builder may apply to have the plat recorded with the Clerk of Circuit Court.
You should submit the following via our online eBUILD system or bring the following to the City of Chesapeake City Hall, 2nd floor, Department of Development and Permits:
If not utilizing the eBUILD system, you will need to complete a Building Permit Application (PDF) and submit a Survey / Site Plan for approval.
The following information must be submitted at the time of application:
Upon the completion of Step 1, you will then need to submit your Building Plan to the Plans Examiner for review and approval. A $100 Plan Review Fee is required at the time of the plan submittal plus an additional 2% state levy to all plan review fees.
Note: Plan review timeframes are contingent upon the quality of the plans submitted and may vary during spikes in the quantity of the plans submitted for review. The Department will make every effort to address the schedule demands.
The initial plan review timeframe is 7 business days from date of plan submittal. The approval of the construction plans is contingent upon the applicant addressing and making corrections to all plan review comments and then re-submitting the corrected plans.
The initial plan review timeframe is 14 business days from date of plan submittal. Final plan approval or plan review process is subject to the response to the review comments and the re-submittal of the revised/corrected plans.
Please Note: During a code change cycle (every three years) the State of Virginia allows a one-year grace period to continue to use the previous code edition for plans and permits. At the end of the one-year grace period, the plans must comply with the adopted code. There is a $40 fee for each option set created from a Master Model Plan as well as a 2% State Levy.
Due to the volume and time required to review model plans for the new edition of the code, it is highly recommended to submit model plans early in the one-year grace period and not wait till the deadline. Model plans submitted within the last 3 months of the one-year grace period are subject to a lengthy review time that may take 30 to 60 days.
The inspector will utilize the City of Chesapeake or Development and Permits Residential Plan Checklist 2015 Adobe PDF - graphic icon to ensure that the detailed plan is completely and thoroughly reviewed.
If your plan is approved, you will receive an email from the eBUILD system with the approval and your plans can be downloaded from the eBUILD site.
If your plan is disapproved, the eBUILD system will notify you by email. You will need to download the plan review letter from the attachments in eBUILD. A Residential Plan Checklist containing correction information will also be attached to your plan.
After your plan is corrected, you will need to resubmit our revisions by uploading to the attachments in eBUILD. You will not have to pay a plan review fee for resubmittal. Normally, a resubmitted plan review takes a maximum of 3 business days.
After your plan has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email from the eBUILD system the plans are approved and may be downloaded from the attachments in eBUILD.