Submitting the Application

  1. Ways to Submit
  2. Revisions to Issued Permits
  3. Refunds

Ways to Submit a Residential Permit Application: 

  • A Residential Walk-Thru process is available for customers with less complex construction projects to apply for and obtain an issued permit during a single visit.  Submit Walk-Thru Permit applications in person on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 – 11 am, excluding holidays.  Walk-Thru applications are processed in the order received and appointments are not accepted.  NOTE:  All Walk-Thru projects must connect to county water and sewer.  If the project is on a lot with septic or well, it is not eligible for the Walk-Thru process.  Eligible Walk-Thru Projects include:
    • Amendment to an existing permit
    • Carport
    • Conversion (e.g., deck to porch or Florida room, unfinished space to finished space)
    • Deck or accessibility ramp
    • Detached one-story  garage or shed (sheds less than 257 square feet do not require a building permit, but are required to adhere to zoning ordinance setbacks.  Check with the Planning Department to obtain setback requirements)
    • Interior renovation
    • Manufactured home in a mobile home park
    • Swimming pool, barrier and electrical (must apply for all three at the same time)
  • Online: Chesterfield Community Development ELM Portal
  • Deliver to our Office:  Residential permit applications, plans and associated forms are accepted from 8:30 am - 5 pm at the offices of the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection, 9800 Government Center Parkway), Chesterfield, Virginia, except on scheduled holidays
  • Mail residential and commercial permit applications, plans and associated forms, with a check, to Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-0040.

Permit Expiration:  Permits are valid for six (6) months from the date of last activity, which includes completed inspections, amendments, and the issuance of associated permits.

  • If your permit is about to expire and you will be completing the work, contact the office to extend the permit. If the permit does expire, an administrative fee is assessed to reinstate the permit.  If you are not going to complete the work, contact the office to void the permit.
  • If a permit was issued and work was performed, expiration of the permit without completing the required inspections is a violation of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.