Building Inspection

Safe Construction from the Ground Up

Chesterfield Building Inspection works in collaboration with members of community development to promote safe construction from the ground up. To view information about permit date and monthly reports, visit the Permits page. Additionally, view information specific to commercial construction and residential construction.

Learn more about community development in Virginia at the Department of Housing and Community Development. Visit the International Code Council (ICC) to find codes and view Virginia building codes and Virginia state codes. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation provides resources to research contractor licenses.

Apply Online Using the Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Portal

The Enterprise Land Management (ELM) citizen access portal assists in completing functions across Community Development departments for planning, zoning and development, permitting and inspections, utility connections and code enforcement. By submitting projects online, users can track progress and request inspections. Most documents can be submitted as PDF documents. Learn more about the ELM portal.

ELM User Login Issues

ELM users may be experiencing login issues. We are aware of this nationwide issue and are actively working with the vendor to correct it.

While there is not currently a universal fix for this issue, it is suggested that users try the following options:

  1. Use an alternative browser (one different than normal login method, supported browsers are Edge and Chrome)
  2. Utilize an incognito or private window/browsing mode to open browser
  3. Clear browser cache/cookies
If the suggested fixes are not successful, please call 804-751-4990 during regular business hours.

Phone-in and Web Holiday Inspection Schedule

To schedule a building inspection, call 804-751-4444, available seven days a week. For more information, view how to request inspections through the interactive voice response (IVR) system (PDF), the automated inspection scheduling system.

Inspections can be scheduled up to five business days in advance. If an inspection is requested by 11:59 p.m., that inspection will be performed the next open business day (or the indicated date within five business days). To cancel an inspection, please call 804-751-4444 by 11:59 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled inspection date.

Observed County Holidays

View Chesterfield County's observed holiday schedule.

Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals

The Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals hears appeals of decisions of the building/maintenance official concerning application of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the fire official concerning application of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC).