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Obtaining a Permit - Commercial
New Construction and Additions Checklists

This is a pre-submittal checklist that will be used to evaluate your construction documents prior to accepting the permit application and the plans for permit review. The building permit will not be accepted for review if applicable items on this checklist are not included in your construction documents. Please contact the commercial plan review staff at (804) 748-1057 with any questions regarding this checklist or any other commercial building permit questions.

Required Documents for Permit Application

Minimum documents required to initiate the permit review process: 

  • Five sets of plans (six sets if the building has a food preparation area). Provide specifications if they contain building code information not provided on the plans.
  • All pages of the plan set the same size. If different discipline designers use different page sizes, re-print smaller pages on sheets the size of the largest in the set.

If applicable, submittal of the following documents is required prior to permit issuance:  

  • Geotechnical Report
  • If hazardous materials will be stored or used in the building or space - MSDS sheets and a list of the hazardous materials, with hazard classifications noted
  • If the building is a pre-fabricated metal building - certification from the structural engineer stating that the foundation has been designed according to the actual loads from the steel building manufacturer. This certification may be on the plans or in letter that includes the engineer’s seal.

Information Required on the Plans 


  • Floor plans that are complete, dimensioned, drawn to scale, and indicate the use of each room or space
  • A Virginia Professional seal, signed and dated, for all work when the following occupancy classifications are involved (The Code of Virginia, §54.1-402):
    • Assembly (A)
    • Educational (E)
    • Institutional (I)
    • Hotel/motel (R-1)
    • High Hazard (H) when any area of work is involved
    • Mercantile (M) and Business (B) uses when the area of work exceeds 5000 square fee
    • Storage (S) and Factory/Industrial (F/I) uses when the area of work exceeds 15,000 square feet
  • Name, occupation, address and telephone number of the person who prepared the plans
  • Dimensioned site layout plan with each set of plans
  • Building code edition - current code edition is 2012 Virginia Construction Code (VCC) [IBC], which is Part I of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
    (The 2009 edition may be used until July 13, 2015)
  • Use and occupancy classification (VCC Chapter 3)
  • If it is a mixed use building - the method of treating mixed uses: non-separated mixed use, separated mixed use (provide ratio sum calculation in accordance with VCC 508.4.2), separate buildings, or accessory use
  • Construction type (VCC Chapter 6)
  • Occupant load (VCC Chapter 10)
  • Whether the building/space is equipped with any fire protection systems (automatic sprinkler system, fire alarm system, etc.)
  • Method of compliance with height and area limitations, including calculations supporting height and/or area increases (VCC Chapter 5)
  • New and existing construction clearly identified
  • Location of all exit signs and egress lights on the plans
  • Door schedule that includes:
    • Door size
    • Lock type
    • Hardware type (locks, latches, handles, closers, operating devices, access control systems)
    • Door fire rating expressed in hours, if rated
  • Typical wall sections or descriptions of partition types; types and sizes/gauges of studs, wall sheathing, and insulation; termination of walls at floor and ceiling/roof structure
  • All new and existing fire-resistance rated assemblies labeled as to type (fire partition, fire barrier, fire wall, smoke partition, etc.) and the design numbers and specifications (UL, Gypsum Association, etc.).
  • Complete, full-height cross sections of all fire-resistance rated assemblies proposed for construction that identify all materials used in the assembly, support and termination details
  • For penetrations of fire-resistance rated assemblies - details, design numbers, and specifications for all through-penetration and annular space fire stop systems


  • All of the loads, factors and coefficients listed in VCC Section 1603 Construction Documents 
  • Design soil-bearing capacity
  • Design floor live loads and concentrated loads
  • Design roof live, snow loads and rain load
  • Wind load design data
  • Earthquake design data
  • Complete footing and foundation plan
  • Complete framing plans showing beams, joists, rafters, and/or truss layout

For further details see Structural Information for New Construction & Additions.

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