Community Development ELM

ELM - Enterprise Land Management The Chesterfield County Community Development Division has implemented a new web-based computer system, Enterprise Land Management (ELM), that will handle functions across departments for planning, zoning and development, permitting and inspections, utility connections and code enforcement.

By submitting projects online, you can track the progress and request inspections. Most documents, like site or building plans for example, can be submitted as PDF documents.

ELM encompasses Building Inspection, Community Enhancement, Environmental Engineering, Planning, Real Property Office and Utilities.

Getting Started

To start the process, you must Login to ELM. If you are a new user you will need to register for an account*. For step-by-step instructions on how to register for an account or navigate the portal, review the ELM Portal User Guide (PDF).

*Please Note: If you already created an account through E-Review, you will not need to create a new account. 

Using the ELM Portal

Saving yourself a trip and valuable time, the ELM Portal, makes your interactions more efficient, convenient and interactive in real-time. Without registering for an account, you will be able to search all applications.

Registering for an account gives you access to additional features such as:

  • Manage Account Information 
  • Submit Applications 
  • Pay Fees 
  • Request an Inspection 
  • Connect to Water Utilities
  • Submit a Code Concern 

Need Assistance?

ELM delivers 24/7 web access to the planning, development and permit applications process. 

If you need additional assistance between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, contact one of the following:

  1. Building Inspection
  2. Community Enhancement
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Planning
  5. Real Property Office
  6. Utilities

Building Inspection

Have you sat down to schedule an inspection to only not have the permit number? Lost permits and approved stamp plans? If so, the portal will assist you with all those issues. Besides applying for permits and paying fees online, customers will now have access to print and reprint permits and plans, receipts and Certificates of Occupancy. Using the ELM Portal, customers will have access to many self-serve services such as:

  • Apply for permits online
  • Request inspections
  • View plan review status and comments
  • View inspection status and comments
  • Pay fees
  • Print and reprint building inspection approved documents
  • Search permit data

Plan Requirements

Commercial Permits Plan Review Requirements

Residential Permits Plan Review Requirements

Building Inspection FAQs

What permits can I apply for through ELM?

All permits:

  • Commercial Building
  • Residential Building
  • Residential Multi-Family
  • Sign
  • Demolition
  • Electrical
  • Elevator - Installation
  • Fire
  • Gas
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing

How do I get an approved set of plans once my permit is issued?

After permit issuance, it is the applicant's responsibility for printing the permit document and construction plans to keep on the job site. No construction drawing should be printed at a scale smaller than 1/8 in. = 1 ft.

Am I able to apply for a Walk-Thru permit using the portal?

No, Walk-Thru applications are only accepted in person.

Notice: The Walk-Thru service has been suspended until further notice.

Why do my plans have to be bookmarked?

The system is set up to slip sheet the plan pages. The pages are required to be bookmarked in order for this to work. It also helps to see what plan page needs to have corrections. The “Final Report – Corrections Required” will have plan page numbers (bookmarks) listed in the report along with the corrections needed on that page. The applicant will only need to correct and upload those specific pages and not the entire set of plans.