Note: Effective 3/23/2020 this department is closed to the public. Use the links below for online forms and contact staff for permitting needs.
For downloadable building permit PDF forms, see the Forms and Permits page.
For questions about building permits and building regulations, please contact Alan McMahan, Building Official, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 261-8635.
New buildings and additions to existing buildings require a Zoning Construction Permit before obtaining a Building Permit. Commercial buildings and large developments may require a Site Plan and/or and Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
All signs, both permanent and temporary, that are visible from the public right-of-way require permits from the Zoning Administrator.
Land use regulations including zoning can be found in the City of Buena Vista Code.
A copy of the zoning map can be found here: Zoning Map
Always confirm with the Department of Planning & Community Development regarding zoning determinations at email@example.com or (540) 261-8607.
Residential rental, including apartments and detached houses, is an important part of the City’s housing. In addition to land use regulations that apply to all buildings, the City has established a Rental Inspection Program to ensure minimum health and safety conditions in residential rental units in some parts of the city.
With summer upon us, Buena Vista’s Building Department wants you to be aware that the Va. Statewide Building Code requires a building permit for the construction or installation of an above-ground or in-ground swimming pool which has a surface area greater than 150 square feet, has more than 5,000 gallons of water, and is greater than 24” deep.
In other words, you would not have to get building permit for a swimming pool if the pool was less than 150 square feet of surface area, required less than 5,000 gallons of water, and was less than 24” deep.
You can go to: https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/ISPSC2015 for all applicable code requirements related to the construction of above-ground and in-ground swimming pools. Also, Chapter 42 of the 2015 Virginia Residential Code has the electrical requirements for swimming pools (https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/VRC2015P2).
Please contact the Buena Vista Building Department at (540) 261-8635 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.