Mechanical Permit

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

Application for a mechanical permit. This includes mechanical, fire suppression or elevator installations or alterations for commercial and residential uses.

Fees

The fee for a mechanical permit is based on the cost of labor and material for the mechanical installation or alteration.  The current fee is calculated as follows:

Commercial new or existing: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $7 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at the 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-commercial/.

Existing one- and two- family dwellings: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $6 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at the 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/.

New one- and two- family dwellings (flat fee): $100 + 2.00 (2% state levy) = $102.00

How to Receive this Service

Please mail or hand deliver the following documents along with the permit fee to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections:

Permit Application:

Mechanical – Commercial
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Master Tradesman Card No., Master Tradesman Signature, Master Tradesman Printed Name and Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
2 copies of mechanical plans (if not approved under the building permit and not a like for like replacement of HVAC)

Mechanical – Residential
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Master Tradesman Card No., Master Tradesman Signature, Master Tradesman Printed Name and Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor

Fire – Commercial
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
2 copies of fire plans with calculations (if not approved under the building permit)

Fire – Residential
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
2 copies of fire plans with calculations

Elevator – Commercial
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
2 copies of elevator plans (if not approved under the building permit)

Elevator – Residential
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application (please fill in Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor
2 copies of elevator plans

Permit Amendment
1 copy of Mechanical Permit Application with AMEND in the description of work
Additional permit fee is required if there is additional estimated cost

Permit Cancelation
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 mechanical permit needed:

  1. First time installation of any mechanical appliance
  2. Replacement of any gas or oil fueled mechanical appliance
  3. Chimney re-lines

When is a mechanical permit not needed:

  1. Replacement of above-ground existing LP-gas containers of the same capacity in the same location and associated regulators when installed by the serving gas supplier
  2. Replacement of mechanical appliances provided such equipment is not fueled by gas or oil in Group R-2 where serving a single-family dwelling and in Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5

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

Contact Us

Gwen Roberts
(804) 501-5747
Gwen.Roberts@henrico.us


Building Inspections

Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

Phone
(804) 501-4360
Automated Permit System
(804) 501-7770

Fax
(804) 501-4984

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775