The type of permit application you submit depends on the scope of your project. Whenever you construct, reconstruct, enlarge, alter, or demolish a structure, a permit is required before starting the work. If you are doing any emergency repairs or equipment replacement, please obtain a permit the next working day following the emergency.
Be aware that the specific circumstances of a project may require that other inspections be performed. By reading the chart and applying the information contained in the footnotes to your project, you will have greater success during the inspection process. If you have further questions, call the office at 804-748-1057 or ask your inspector.
The building code allows work to be done without obtaining a permit. While a permit is not required, the work must be in compliance with the code. The following information pertains to single-family dwellings only. It does not pertain to apartments or condominiums, which are commercial projects.