Building Inspections Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office Phone Number: (540) 261-8635,
Office Staff is only available by phone or text on Fridays at (540) 784-8878, or by email
NOTICE: The 2018 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (or VUSBC) became effective July 1, 2018. After that date, permit applicants must specify, on their permit application, with VUSBC edition will be followed when constructing their project, either the 2015 or 2018. After July 1, 2022, all permits will be reviewed, issued, and inspected under the 2018 VUSBC.
For questions about building permits and building regulations, please contact the City Building Official, Alan McMahan, at either email@example.com , (540) 261-8635, or (540) 784-8878.
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. See the Planning & Zoning web page.
Residential Rental Inspection Program
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.
IMPORTANT: The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) requires an application be submitted and a permit obtained from the building official prior to the commencement of any of the following activities, except that applications for emergency construction, alterations or equipment replacement shall be submitted by the end of the first working day that follows the day such work commences. The building official may authorize work to commence pending the receipt of an application or the issuance of a permit.
- Construction or demolition of a building or structure. Installations or alterations involving (i) the removal or addition of any wall, partition or portion thereof, (ii) any structural component, (iii) the repair or replacement of any required component of a fire or smoke rated assembly, (iv) the alteration of any required means of egress system, (v) water supply and distribution system, sanitary drainage system or vent system, (vi) electric wiring, (vii) fire protection system, mechanical systems, or fuel supply systems, or (viii) any equipment regulated by the USBC.
- For change of occupancy, application for a permit shall be made when a new certificate of occupancy is required by the VEBC (Virginia Existing Building Code).
- Movement of a lot line that increases the hazard to or decreases the level of safety of an existing building or structure in comparison to the building code under which such building or structure was constructed.
- Removal or disturbing of any asbestos containing materials during the construction or demolition of a building or structure, including additions.