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Richard C. Witt

(804) 748-1057
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Office - M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Inspectors M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

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9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Obtaining a Permit - Commercial
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What information or forms do I need to apply for a permit? 

  • Permit Application: the permit application package must include:
    • Permit application, associated forms and plans* 
    • Permit fee
  • Contractor Business License: The contractor must have a valid business license from a Virginia locality for jobs valued at $25K or less. For jobs valued at more than $25K, the contractor must have a valid Chesterfield County business license.
  • Contractor Registration: Contractors who have never performed work before in Chesterfield County must submit a Client Registration Form, at which time a Customer Pin will be created for use in future applications and inspection scheduling.

*Go to Prepare Construction Documents to determine what documents are required for your project, as well as what information is required on the plans. Go to Commercial Forms and Applications to obtain the necessary forms. 

What methods can I use to submit my permit application package? 

In person: Commercial permit applications, plans and associated forms are accepted at the offices of the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection, 9800 Government Center Parkway, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. Walk-thru applications must be submitted in person and are processed in the order received. Appointments are not accepted.             

By mail: Commercial permit applications, plans and associated forms can be submitted by mail with a check or Credit Card Authorization Form to Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-0040.

By fax: If the commercial permit application does not require plans, the application and associated forms can be submitted by faxing legible copies, accompanied by the Credit Card Authorization Form to (804) 717-6080. Walk-thru permits must be applied for in person.

The phone number for permit information is (804) 717-6427.

When are permit applications accepted? 

Excluding holidays, commercial permit applications can be applied for in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are special hours for accepting Walk-thru permits. Excluding holidays, Commercial Walk-thru permit applications are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.

Who may apply for a permit? 

  • Property owner
  • Licensed contractor 
  • Tenant of the building or unit where the proposed work will take place
  • Owner’s agent with written permission from the owner

How much does a permit cost? 

The cost of the permit depends on the scope of the work being performed.  See the Commercial Fee Schedule.

How long does it take to get a permit? 

The actual turnaround time is based on the complexity of the project and the number of revisions required. The goal for both the initial plan review and subsequent revisions is 10 business days. Your project may qualify for the Walk-thru Process, allowing you to visit the office and walk away with the building permit if all reviews are approved.

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