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Building Inspection Director
Richard C. Witt

(804) 748-1057
(804) 751-4713 Fax

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Permits and Fees 

Residential code requirements 

Commercial code requirements 

Residential inspection requirements 

Commercial inspection requirements 

Office - M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Inspectors M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Street Address
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Construction Project Types
Finishing an Attic or Basement

 Permits required:  

  1. Building permit
  2. Auxiliary permits: One or more of the permit types listed below depending on the scope of work being performed:
    • Electrical permit
    • Plumbing permit
    • Gas permit
    • Mechanical permit

Application Submittal Requirements: 

  1. One (1) copy of Client Registration Form – if the permit is being applied for by a contractor who has never performed work in Chesterfield County before
  2. One (1) copy of the Residential Building Permit Application.
  3. One (1) copy of the Residential Plans Review Delivery form – Indicates whether you would like the permit and forms mailed to you or held for three days at the Building Inspection office for you to pick up
  4. Payment of permit and other related fees – Residential Fee Schedule. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards are accepted. 

Construction Plan Requirements: Minimum of two copies 

  1. Plan(s) showing the existing space
  2. Plan(s) showing all new walls, framing, fixtures and room uses
  3. A cross section showing all new and existing framing materials, insulation and ceiling heights

Plan Detail Requirements: 

  1. General Requirements for all Construction Drawings:
    1. Numbered – Every sheet of the plans numbered
    2. Scale – Structural plans drawn to architectural scale, typically 1/4”, 3/16” or 1/8”
    3. Legible - Neat and legible; void of handwritten notes
    4. Orientation – All drawings in the same orientation on the sheets
    5. Non-structural details - Do not submit mechanical, electrical or plumbing (MEP) drawings. Plan reviewers do not review these for residential plans; the field inspectors check for those issues.  Do not submit cabinetry, stair, or non-structural details; they are not reviewed. 
  2. Plan Views - Floor plan, Cross section
    1. Perimeter and interior dimensions
    2. Room names on each floor plan
    3. Size and location of all doors and windows
    4. All interior load-bearing walls identified
    5. The size and direction of all floor joists and ceiling joists
      For I-joists or open-web joists, provide manufacturer’s layout plan. Identification on plans similar to:
      Nominal lumber:    2x8 SYP @ 16” o.c.
      I-joists:    Truss Joist, Series 230, 11-7/8”, 16” o.c.
    6. Any space intended for “future” use marked accordingly
  3. Sections – Include the following:
    1. At least one “through-structure” section, cut from the front to the rear of the structure, in a location that will show any non-standard section, such as a two-story family room or a room with a vaulted ceiling
    2. If there are multiple complicated spaces - separate sections to show all of the structure
    3. Section cut lines (arrows) referenced on the plan views

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