The mission of the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection is to ensure compliance with the governing building codes for the safety of our residents and visitors.
We welcome you to our website and trust that you will find the information you are looking for. In addition, knowledgeable staff members are available to assist you from the permitting process through construction. The department is dedicated to helping you with your building project and ensuring that it is built to the current Virginia codes.
- Plan Review Results
- Inspection Scheduling and Results
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Reduced Inspection Staff April 16, May 4, May 5 and May 27
Half of our inspectors will be attending mandatory training to maintain certification on April 16, May 4, May 5 and May 27. If you have the flexibility to do so, please avoid scheduling inspections on those dates, so that there will be adequate staff to perform the inspections that must be done on those days. If you have any questions or scheduling concerns please call Chris Davis at (804) 796-7012 for residential projects and Craig Condrey at (804) 748-1242 for commercial projects. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
NEW Policy for Inspections Involving Exposed, Energized Electrical Parts
As of November 1, 2014 the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection will require the installing electrician or qualified representative to be on site for the inspections listed below in order to de-energize, open and close the equipment for the inspection:
- Release service change
- Any inspections related to service equipment after the utility connection is complete
We encourage you to contact your inspector prior to 9:00 a.m. on the morning of your inspection to arrange a time to meet on site for the inspection. Or, when scheduling your inspection, you may request that the inspector give you a thirty (30) or forty-five (45) minute call ahead. Please contact Kirby Rakes, Electrical Inspections Supervisor, at (804) 814-6991 with any questions regarding this matter.
Utilities Checklist Now Required for New Construction in Existing Commercial Buildings
To improve customer service and eliminate delays, the Chesterfield County Utilities Department requires that a Utilities Checklist be submitted when applying for a commercial building permit for new work in existing commercial buildings. Examples include tenant upfits, interior or exterior renovations and changes of use.
Submit the Utilities Checklist with the permit application to The Chesterfield County Building Inspection Department, who will send it to the Utilities Department for review. The Utilities Department will not approve any permit for new construction in existing commercial buildings that does not include the Utilities Checklist. For additional information and to download a checklist visit Utilities.
New Code Edition Effective 7/14/14
The 2012 edition of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) became effective on July 14, 2014. During the one-year grace period, which ends on July 13, 2015, the designer or permit applicant may use either the 2009 edition or the 2012 edition. Access to the 2012 edition of the code is available at the following links (and from the right sidebar while on other Building Inspection web pages):
We are in the process of updating the website so that all of the information provided reflects the 2012 edition of the USBC. The information currently references the 2009 edition.
Important Information for Homeowners