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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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Residential Walk-Thru Permit Process

Chesterfield County offers a walk-thru plan review and permitting process for certain types of residential and commercial building permit applications. The intent is for applicants to obtain a permit during a single visit.

If deficiencies are found during the review process and the permit cannot be issued, the applicant receives a letter outlining the corrections needed. The walk-thru process is available to anyone whose project meets eligibility criteria.

All walk-thru projects must be connected to Chesterfield County water and sewer.

Eligible Projects for Residential Walk-thru Permits

  • Amendment to an existing permit
  • Carport
  • Conversion (e.g., deck to porch or Florida room, unfinished space to finished space)
  • Deck or accessibility ramp
  • Detached garage or shed (sheds less than 256 square feet do not require a building permit, but are required to adhere to zoning ordinance setbacks. Check with the Planning Department to obtain setback requirements.)
  • Interior renovation
  • Manufactured home in a mobile home park
  • Swimming pool, barrier and electrical (must apply for all three at the same time)
  • Townhouse – conversion (e.g., deck to porch or Florida room, unfinished space to finished space)
  • Townhouse – deck
  • Townhouse – detached shed (sheds less than 200 square feet do not require a building permit. Check with the Planning Department to obtain setback requirements.)
  • Townhouse – interior renovation

How to Apply

When are walk-thru permit applications accepted?

  • Residential - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m., excluding holidays
  • Commercial - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., excluding holidays

The applicant must apply in person and applications are processed in the order received. Appointments are not accepted.

Where are applications accepted?

The Department of Building Inspection, 9800 Government Center Parkway, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Visit www.chesterfield.gov/bi for directions, application forms and additional information about applying for permits. The phone number for permit information is (804) 751-4990.

Who may apply for a permit?

  • Property owner
  • Licensed contractor
  • Tenant of a building or a unit
  • Owner’s agent with written permission from the owner

Submittal Requirements for Residential Walk-thru Permits (including Townhouse Permits)

  1. Complete permit application
  2. Two complete sets of construction plans drawn to scale; three sets for townhouse (One set is returned to the applicant with the issued permit.)
    Plans must include:
    1. Townhouses – complete floor plans, structural framing plans and cross- sections, as needed.
    2. All new beams, joist columns and footings showing sizes, material types and spacing noted
    3. Deck/porch conversions or modifications to existing decks – show existing footing and pier sizes
    4. Deck plans - include details of attachment and flashing if it is not designed to be free- standing.
  3. One plot plan listing the setbacks from existing and proposed improvements.  A plot plan is required unless the permit is for interior work only.
    Plot plans must contain:
    1. Entire property, showing all property line dimensions
    2. Existing dwelling, any other existing structures and location of proposed structure. Clearly indicate all dimensions of proposed structure.  For accessory structures, indicate the overall height.
    3. Setbacks from the closest point of the proposed structure to property lines in each direction. Label the measurements from each property line to the closest point on the structure as exactly as possible. Clearly label the name of the road.
    4. All buffers, easements or floodplains located on the property (no structure may be located in these areas).

Walk-Thru Process

  1. Application
    1. A customer-service representative reviews the permit application, processes the permit data, calculates and collects permit fees, and provides the applicant with a receipt.
    2. The applicant may wait until permit reviews are completed, which may take 30 minutes or longer.
    3. If a county department has questions concerning the application, that department contacts the applicant.
    4. If the applicant leaves the area and/or cannot answer the questions, the application is processed through the normal process.
  2. Plan Review
    1. Plan reviewers from all applicable departments review the submitted plans and documents for code and ordinance compliance.
      1. Building Inspection – reviews the plans for building code compliance
      2. Planning – reviews the plot plan for setbacks, easements and zoning compliance
      3. Environmental Engineering – reviews the plot plan for setbacks from all easements and environmental features. View a typical sketch 
      4. Utilities – reviews the plot plan and permit application to verify there are no encroachments into water and sewer easement
    2. If plan corrections are necessary, the plan reviewer talks with the applicant to see if the plans and documents can be corrected.
    3. Incomplete plans, or plans that cannot be corrected, are not be eligible for walk-thru permits during that visit.
  3. Permit Issuance
    1. Upon approval of all reviews, the Building Inspection Department issues the permit to the applicant, along with the plans.
    2. If corrections are required, the applicant receives a letter explaining the corrections to be made. (Incomplete plans, or plans that cannot be corrected, are not eligible for walk-thru permits during that visit.) 
    3. Once the corrections are made, the applicant may return for a walk-thru permit or go through the regular permit process.

Additional Notes

  • Approved building permit must be visible on the job site, and construction plans must be available to the county inspectors on the job site.
  • Any change from the plan or to the permit requires an amendment, revision of plan or a new permit.

Permit Fees

See table below. All fees are paid in Building Inspection and are payable at the time of application. Checks, cash, Discover, MasterCard or Visa are accepted. Checks are payable to “Treasurer, Chesterfield County.”

Fees are subject to change. Please consult the Building Inspection website at www.chesterfield.gov/bi  for the most current information.

Additional information

  • Building Inspection: (804) 748-1057
  • Planning: (804) 748-1050
  • Environmental Engineering: (804) 748-1035
  • Utilities: (804) 748-1271

Residential permits and fees

Administrative fee (minimum): $57.00
Carport $116.28
Most popular conversions:
Convert existing deck to a screened porch $116.28
Convert existing screened porch to a Florida room $174.42
Convert an attic or basement to finished space $174.42
Deck $116.28
Accessibility ramp
No fee required
Detached garage
Building Permit ($290.70 + Environmental Engineering fee of $50.00) $340.70
Interior renovation $116.28
Manufactured home in a mobile home park $58.14
Shed $116.28
Swimming pool, barrier and electrical
Pool and barrier together 
Building Permit ($58.14) + Environmental Engineering fee of $50.00) $108.14
Pool applied for separately, or at same time 
Building Permit ($58.14) + Environmental Engineering fee of $50.00) $108.14
Barrier applied for separately, or at same time 
Building Permit $58.14
Electrical permit $116.28
Townhouse - Conversions (most popular scenarios)
Convert existing deck to a screen porch $116.28
Convert existing screen porch to a Florida Room $173.99
Townhouse - Deck $116.28
Townhouse - Interior renovation $116.28
Townhouse - Shed $116.28
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