The Community Development and the Building Inspections Offices work hard to make sure our city is safe, smart, and well-built.  We are here and happy to help with the first step in all your building projects; no matter how big or small!

Contact Us

Building Inspections Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office Phone Number: (540) 261-8635,
office Staff available by phone or text on fridays AT (540) 784-8878, or email

Building Permits

To apply for a building permit, visit the Online Portal  or visit  the Forms and Permits page for downloadable PDF files.

For questions about building permits and building regulations, please contact the City Building Official, Alan McMahan,  at either 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. See the Planning & Zoning web page.

Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Building and Fire Regulations

Building Code

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.

Rental Inspection Program - Program Guide

Rental Inspection Regulations

Seasonal Announcements

BUILDING SAFETY MONTH  is an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about building safety

Brochure:  https:// www.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Removal or disturbing of any asbestos containing materials during the construction or demolition of a building or structure, including additions.


Reminder: A building permit is required for the construction or installation of all new in-ground and on-ground swimming pools  which are greater than 150 square feet, hold less than 5,000 gallons of water, and are more than 24" deep.  Pools must be constructed according to the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.  To determine square footage, multiply the radius x radius x 3.14 . For example, 14 feet (radius) x  14 feet (radius) x 3.14 = 615.44 square feet.