Required Documents for Permit Application

Minimum Documents Required to Initiate the Permit Review Process


The Footing and Foundation Permit permit application is submitted with or after application for the complete building permit - three sets of plans for the footing and foundation portion of the work.

  • All pages of the plan set the same size. If different discipline designers use different page sizes, re-print smaller pages on sheets the size of the largest in the set.
  • Completed Commercial Building Permit Application (PDF) for the footing and foundation permit
    • In Work Description field, clearly state that the permit is for the footing and foundation portion of the project.
    • State the overall project name or description and list any ground work for plumbing, electrical or other trade work to be performed with the footing and foundation portion of the project.
    • If the footing and foundation permit is submitted after the complete building permit application has been submitted, provide the building permit (Job) number in the work description.
  • Scope of work beyond footings, foundations and slabs for vertical building elements, such as steel or wood framing, is typically not included with footing and foundation permit approvals.
  • If plan approval is desired for a permit that is for more than the footing and foundation portion of the job, but less than complete building, contact Building Inspection for further information.

Submit the Following Documents for Review Prior to Permit Issuance, if Applicable

  • Geotechnical Report
  • Statement of Special Inspections (PDF) for any inspections or testing that will be done for the footing and foundation portion of the project (VCC Chapter 17)
  • If the building is a pre-fabricated metal building - certification from the structural engineer stating that the foundation has been designed according to the actual loads from the steel building manufacturer. This certification may be on the plans or in letter that includes the engineer’s seal.