Retaining Wall

Permits Required

  • Building permit

Application Submittal Requirements

  1. 1 copy of Client Registration Form (PDF) - if the contractor has never performed work in Chesterfield County before.
  2. 1 copy of the Residential Building Permit Application (PDF).
  3. 1 copy of the plot plan showing setbacks from existing and proposed improvements - except for exclusively interior work. Acceptable plot plans contain the following:
    1. Entire property, showing all property line dimensions
    2. Existing dwelling, any other existing structures and location of proposed structure (all dimensions of proposed structure must be clearly indicated. For proposed accessory structures, indicate the overall height).
    3. 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 label the name of road clearly.
  4. 2 copies of the construction plans - One set will be returned to the applicant with the issued permit. (For more detail on exactly what the construction plans require, see Construction Plan Requirements listed below.)
  5. 1 copy of the Residential Plans Review Delivery Form (PDF) - Required for all building permits, this form indicates whether you would like the permit and forms mailed to you or held for three days at the Building Inspection office for you to pick up.
  6. Payment of permit and other related fees - Residential Fee Schedule (PDF). Cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards are accepted.

Construction Plan Requirements: Minimum of Two Copies

  1. A footing and foundation plan showing how the wall is supported
  2. A cross-section showing how the wall will be constructed (if the wall will retain more than 4 feet of earth/fill it is required to be designed and sealed by a Virginia registered design professional such as an engineer or architect.)