Submitting the Application

  1. Ways to Submit

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)
  • 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 permit applications, plans and associated forms, with a check or Credit Card Authorization Form, to Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-0040.
  • Fax legible application and associated forms, accompanied by the Credit Card Authorization Form, to (804) 717-6080 if it does not require plans.

Revisions to Issued Permits:  The process is the same as that outlined above for revisions submitted prior to permit issuance, with the following additional stipulations:

  • If the revised building design changes the cost of construction, the permit fee may need to be adjusted. The permit holder must indicate the additional cost of construction, if any.
  • Revisions to issued permits are placed into “In Review” status. Inspections may continue to be performed by contacting the building inspector directly. The automated inspection scheduling system cannot be used when permits are in the “In Review” status.
  • Upon approval of the revision, the permit applicant will be contacted to pick up the plans.  A complete set of documents, including all approved revisions, must be maintained in the field.

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.

Refunds:  Refunds are granted if requested in writing, provided no inspections have been performed. The refund amount will be the permit fee paid, minus 25% of the permit fee or $119.00, whichever is greater. If the permit fee paid was less than the minimum of $119, a refund will not be granted.