Building Permits

Why Do I Need a Building Permit?

What are the benefits of having a building permit?

Increased Value — Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.

Protects — A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit.

Ensures Safety — Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners. 

Legal Requirement - the State of Virginia legally requires a permit for the construction, demolition, alteration or change-of-occupancy/use of a building or structure.

The purpose of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

When is a Permit Required?

Building Permit Applications & Forms

Please see the Building Department tab in the Document Center for a complete list of all forms.