Renovation, Repair & Alteration Projects

Required Permits

Application Submission Requirements

  • Client Registration Form (PDF) - Required if a contractor who has never performed work in Chesterfield County before is applying for the permit.
  • Residential Building Permit Application (PDF)
  • Plot plan showing setbacks from existing and proposed improvements except for exclusively interior work. Acceptable plot plans contain the following:
    • Entire property, showing all property line dimensions
    • Existing dwelling, any other existing structures and the proposed structure location (clearly indicate all proposed structure dimensions). For proposed accessory structures, indicate the overall height.
    • Setbacks from the closest point of the proposed structure to property lines in each direction. Label the measurements from each property line to the closest point on the structure. Be as exact as possible and clearly label the road name.
  • Construction plans (two or more copies) - We'll return one copy to you with the issued permit.
  • Residential Plans Review Delivery Form (PDF) - Indicates whether you want the permit and forms mailed to you or held for three days at the Building Inspection office for you to pick up.
  • Permit and other related fee payments

Construction Plan Requirements (two or more copies)

The requirements for projects in this category can vary. Contact Residential Plan Review staff at 804-748-1057 for assistance if needed.

General Requirements for all Construction Drawings

  • Numbered - Number each plan sheet.
  • Scale - Draw structural plans to architectural scale (typically 1/4 inches, 3/16 inches or 1/8 inches).
  • Legible - Make sure the plans are neat and legible (no handwritten notes).
  • Orientation - Lay out all drawings in the same orientation (portrait or landscape).
  • Plan(s) showing the existing space
  • Plan(s) showing all new walls, framing, fixtures and room use
  • A cross-section showing all new and existing framing materials, insulation and ceiling heights