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When do I need a Building Permit?
A building permit is required for any residential or commercial repair (alteration), addition, or new construction that requires new framing or exposes existing framing. This includes, but is not limited to the following:


Residential projects: building permits are required to remove drywall, construct new partition walls or bearing walls, relocate walls, install new framing, change the roof pitch, construct decks, build room additions, screen porches, cover porches, build any accessory structure over 256 square feet, install pre-manufactured carports, install above ground swimming pools deeper than 2 feet, install hot tubs/spas, and construct masonry walls with a footing.


Commercial projects: building permits are required to remove drywall, construct new partition walls or bearing walls, relocate walls, install new framing, re-roof, side or cover exterior walls, complete tenant build-outs, complete change in use, obtain a change in occupancy, build additions, construct commercial accessory structures, install fences taller than 6 feet in height, install fire suppression equipment, install 5 foot run-ins, elevators, install paint booths, construct service station islands and canopies, and install pre-manufactured steel buildings.


For further clarification, please call the Development Services Center at 757-664-6565.

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1. When do I need a Building Permit?
2. When is a permit not required?
3. What documentation should I bring with me to obtain a Building Permit?
4. Who should apply for a building permit the property owner or the contractor?
5. How long does residential plan review take?
6. How long does commercial plan review take?
7. What documentation is required for a tent?
8. What documentation is required for a pier, bulkhead, and/or rip-rap?
9. What documentation do I need to put up a shed or fence?
10. What is a zoning certificate?
11. What are the typical setbacks for residential properties?
12. Where can a fence go on a residential corner lot?
13. What is required for Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical or Elevator Permits?
14. What type of permit is required for a gas line?
15. What is required for a Certificate of Occupancy?
16. How do I get historical information about permits on a property that I am interested in buying or just bought?
17. How do I request an inspection?
18. How much does a permit cost?