Building Permit – Residential

Availability:
available via mail   Via Mail
available in person   In Person

Applications and forms needed for a residential building permit, plan review comments and permit resubmittals. This includes construction of new houses, renovations/additions to existing houses, moving or demolition of one- and two- family dwellings, decks, porches, sheds, garages and swimming pools.  Separate permits are required for the installation of electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, or fire protection systems.

Fees

The fee for a residential building permit is based on the estimated cost of the building construction only.  The current fee is calculated as follows:

Existing Dwelling: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $6 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof; fee shall not exceed $680.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at time of application is the permit fee plus the state levy (permit fee times .02).  A permit fee calculator is available at http://henrico.us/bldg/fees/fee-calculator-residential-bld/.

New Dwelling (flat fee): $680 + 13.60 (2% state levy) = $693.60

How to Receive this Service

Please mail or hand deliver the following documents along with required fees to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections or The Permit Center (as indicated):

New Construction (Building Inspections)
2 copies of Residential Building Permit Application
2 copies of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
2 copies of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
3 copies of plot plan
2 copies of construction plans

Renovations / Additions / Decks / Porches / Sheds / Garages (The Permit Center)
1 copy of Residential Building Permit Application
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
1 copy of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
2 copies of plot plan (not required for interior renovations only)
2 copies of construction plans

Swimming Pools (The Permit Center)
1 copy of Residential Building Permit Application
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
1 copy of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
2 copies of plot plan
2 copies of construction plans
2 copies of fence plans

Fire Damage (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Residential Building Permit Application
2 copies of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
2 copies of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
2 copies of plot plan

Demolition (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Residential Building Permit Application
2 copies of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
2 copies of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
2 copies of Affidavit for Alterations to Existing Buildings Asbestos Certification
2 copies of Demolition Certification
2 copies of plot plan

Footing and Foundation Permit Only (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Footing and Foundation Permit Routing Form

Response to Building Inspections Plan Review Comments (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Response to Plan Review Comments
2 copies of corrected sheets
Note: A fee for this service is assessed for the third and subsequent review at a rate of $25.00 + .50 (state levy) = $25.50 per review.

Permit Resubmittal (Building Inspections or Permit Center) – submit changes to your original permit application
1 copy of Residential Resubmittal Form
2 copies of plot plan if changing location of dwelling or addition
2 copies of revised sheets of construction plans
Note: There is a fee for this service if there is an increase to the original estimated cost.

Permit Extension (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Request for Permit Extension

Permit Cancelation (Building Inspections)
1 copy of Request for Permit Cancelation
Note: You must enter a reason for the cancelation. If a refund is requested, you must add the request to the reason for cancelation. The refund rate is 100% if the permit has not been issued or 75% of the permit fee only if the permit has been issued.

When is a residential building permit needed?

Construction or demolition of:

  1. A building or structure
  2. Installations or alterations involving the removal of any wall, partition or portion thereof
  3. Any structural component
  4. Repair or replacement of any required component of a fire or smoke rated assembly
  5. Alteration of any required means of egress system
  6. Tool and storage sheds 256 square feet or larger
  7. Fences required for a swimming pool
  8. Concrete or masonry walls exceeding 6 feet
  9. Retaining walls supporting 3 feet of unbalanced fill
  10. Swimming pools with a surface area of greater than 150 square feet, exceed 5,000 gallons and are 24 or more inches deep
  11. Flagpoles more than 30 feet in height

This is not a comprehensive list.  Please call the Department of Building Construction and Inspections at (804) 501-4360 with any questions.