Change of Use & C/O Reissue

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Effective August 30, 2021, all permit applications for Change of Use or Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) Reissue permits for residential and commercial buildings shall be submitted using the Build Henrico permitting instructions below. 

To amend or cancel a Change of Use or Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) Reissue permit submitted or issued prior to August 30, 2021, follow the Legacy permitting instructions below.


Change of Use
A change of use application shall be submitted whenever a structure changes occupancy classification as defined by Chapter 3 of the Virginia Construction Code.  A change of use will require a site inspection by Building Inspections staff to determine the suitability of the structure for the new use. If it is determined that the new structure complies with the applicable code provisions for the new use, a new certificate of occupancy will be issued.

Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) Reissue
Application for the reissuance of a C/O may be made at any time to fulfill lender or licensure requirements of an existing structure.  A property maintenance inspection will be required prior to issuance of a new C/O.


There is no fee for this service.

Build Henrico Permitting Instructions

  • Register for and login to your customer account on the Build Henrico website.
  • Select “Permits” on the Build Henrico home page.
  • Select “Change of Use”.

Go to Help Using Build Henrico for additional information, tutorials and presentations.

Legacy Permitting Instructions

Please mail, fax or hand deliver the Change of Use & C/O Reissuance Application to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections.  Please include complete contact information so we may schedule an inspection.

Change of Use & C/O Reissuance Application

Contact Us

Devona Macklin
(804) 501-4364

Building Inspections

Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

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

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

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