Retaining Wall 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)

  • A footing and foundation plan showing how the wall is supported
  • 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.