How the Permit Review Process Works

Building permits can be reviewed using the Walk-thru process (if the following outlined criteria are met), or the regular process.

Walk-thru Permit Eligibility Criteria

The intent of the walk-thru process is for customers with less complex construction projects to apply for and obtain an issued permit during a single visit. All walk-thru projects must be connected to Chesterfield County water and sewer; walk-thru applications for properties served by a well or septic system will not be accepted.

The following types of projects are eligible for the Walk-thru process:

Examples of Eligible Scopes of Work

  • 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 garage or shed (sheds less than 150 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)