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Building Inspection Director
Richard C. Witt

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(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
Permit Review Process

Building permits can be reviewed using the Walk-thru Permit process (if criteria outlined below are met), or the regular process, both of which are described below.

 

Permit Application Review Process Flowchart

*If the contractor was noted as “To be determined” on the application, in order for the permit to issue, the applicant must sends a letter naming the contractor for the job. 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. 

Permit Review Process

After the application and construction documents have been submitted:

  1. Plan reviewers from all applicable departments review the submitted plans and documents to evaluate code and ordinance compliance:
    • Building Inspections – reviews plans for building code compliance
    • Addressing – verifies that correct address is being used
    • Planning - reviews plot plan for property and zoning issues
    • Utilities – reviews plot plan and application for water and sewer availability and clearance to easements
    • Environmental Engineering – reviews plot plan for erosion control and drainage
    • Health – reviews are required for facilities with food service, bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels, marinas, public pools and buildings with a septic or well system
     
  2. If the construction documents are approved, the process proceeds to Permit Issuance
  3. If corrections are required by:
    • The Building Inspection Department - The plans are placed on “hold” and the applicant is notified by letter or e-mail once all applicable reviews are completed.
    • Any department other than Building Inspection - A letter will be mailed once the last department review has been completed
      Review results are also available online.  
  4. If desired, the applicant may schedule a meeting with a Building Inspection Department plan review staff member to discuss outstanding issues by calling (804) 717-6443.
  5. The applicant submits the corrected construction documents for review. See “Submitting Revised Construction Documents” below.
  6. Once all of the departments have approved the permit application and associated documents the permit is issued.

Submitting Plan Revisions

Submitting Revised Construction Documents During Permit Review Process 

  • Revisions addressing departments other than Building Inspection do not need to be submitted at the same time as revisions addressing Building Inspection Department reviews.
  • When revisions addressing other departments affect the building design, submit the revised construction documents to the Building Inspection Department. They will be routed to the appropriate department(s) for review.
  • Submit revisions addressing Building Inspection Department review comments to the Commercial Plan Review division in a single submittal; individual plan reviewers will not accept revisions.

Instructions

  1. Address all correction-required comments from all building code reviewers.
  2. Submit a cover letter containing the permit number and responses to each plan review comment. Denote the sheet(s) on which the revision is addressed. Submit five copies of the letter.
  3. Clearly denote all revisions on the plans with a cloud, revision symbol and revision date.
  4. Submit five complete, collated sets of revised plan sheets (six sets for projects involving Health department approval). If five or more sheets are revised, submit five full sets.
  5. All pages must be the same size.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process please call (804) 717-6427.

Revisions to Issued Permits 

The process is the same as that outlined above for revisions submitted prior to permit issuance, with the following additional stipulations:

  • If the revised building design changes the cost of construction, the permit fee may need to be adjusted. The permit holder must indicate the additional cost of construction, if any.
  • Revisions to issued permits are placed into “In Review” status. Inspections may continue to be performed by contacting the building inspector directly. The automated inspection scheduling system cannot be used when permits are in the “In Review” status.
  • Upon approval of the revision, the permit applicant will be contacted to pick up the plans. A complete set of documents, including all approved revisions, must be maintained in the field.

Walk-thru Permit Eligibility Criteria

The intent of the Walk-thru process is for customers with less complex construction projects to apply for and obtain an issued permit during a single visit.

  1. If the project involves water, sewer, septic or well, it is not eligible for the Walk-thru process.
  2. The following types of projects are eligible for the Walk-thru process:

Examples of Eligible Scopes of Work: 

  • Demolition of the entire structure (does not include partial demolition)
  • Re-roof
  • Sign
  • Tents greater than 900 square feet (without food preparation within the tent). Tents less than 900 square feet do not require permits.
  • Construction, classroom or sales trailer

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. All applications must be submitted in person and are processed in the order received. Appointments are not accepted.

Walk-thru Permit Review Process

  1. Application: A customer-service representative will process the permit application and provide the applicant with a receipt. The applicant may wait until permit reviews are completed, which may take 30 minutes or longer. If the applicant leaves the area and/or does not have the required documents or information, the application will be processed through the regular review process.
  2. Plan Review: Plan reviewers from all applicable departments will review the submitted plans and documents to evaluate code and ordinance compliance:
    • Building Inspection – reviews the plans for building code compliance.  
    • Planning – reviews the plot plan for setbacks, easements and zoning compliance
    • Environmental Engineering – reviews the plot plan for setbacks from all easements and environmental features; view a typical sketch.
    • Utilities – reviews plot plan for clearance to easements
     
  3. If plan corrections are necessary, the plan reviewer will talk with the applicant to see if the plans and documents can be corrected. Incomplete plans, or plans that cannot be corrected at that time, will not be eligible for permit issuance during that visit. An approved permit application proceeds to Permit Issuance.
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