Required Residential Permits & Inspections

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.Select the type of permit to view a graph showing the required inspections.   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.

 If you are doing any emergency repairs or equipment replacement, please obtain a permit the next working day following the emergency.  

  1. No Permit
  2. Building Permit
  3. Electrical Permit
  4. Gas Permit
  5. Mechanical Permit
  6. Plumbing Permit

Work that does NOT require a Permit

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.

Some examples of work that does not require a permit are ordinary repairs and improvements, including, but not limited to:

  • Painting the inside or outside of the house or detached structures
  • Repairing drywall, plaster, siding, etc.; re-roofing/shingles
  • Installing new floor coverings, such as vinyl, carpet, or hardwood
  • Installing or refurbishing cabinetry
  • Repairing or replacing porch flooring or deck flooring.  *Note: A permit is required to repair or replace the structural elements or include posts and guard systems 
  • Repairing or replacing handrails on a porch or deck
  • Installing or replacing doors and windows, including storm windows, where no structural change is performed
  • Installing or replacing gutters and downspouts
  • Installing driveways or sidewalks
  • Constructing or installing a storage shed, playhouse, etc., 256 square feet or less in area
  • Adding a fence (which is not part of a swimming pool enclosure) - refer to subdivision covenants, if applicable
  • Building recreational equipment, such as swings, skateboard ramps, jungle gyms, etc.
  • Adding insulation
  • Installing any wiring or equipment which operates at less than 50 volts
  • Installing a security alarm system
  • Replacing an electrical water heater with a new electric water heater
  • Replacing electrical fixtures, such as switches and receptacles
  • Replacing a ceiling fan to a pre-wired switch, that has a ceiling fan rated and supported box
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, faucets, etc.
  • Retaining walls that retain less than 36 inches of fill/earth or walks less than 3 feet tall for landscaping purposes only
  • Replacing electrical cook top stoves, ranges, and dryers