Commercial Permits

Commercial Construction Permits

There are several types of permits that may be necessary for a commercial project depending on the scope of work. If your project is not listed or you need help determining if a permit is required, please contact Building Inspection by calling 804-717-6427. For a complete listing of required permits and exceptions, view the Virginia Construction Code (Chapter 1).

Building Permits Required

Building permits are required for the following commercial construction projects:

  • Construction of a new structure (building or non-building)
  • Demolition of a structure, including the removal of any wall, partition or structural component
  • Reconstruction, alteration or replacement including:
    • The addition of any wall, partition or structural component
    • Reconstruction of decks, balconies, porches and similar structures
    • Any required fire or smoke-resistance rated assembly
    • Modification to means of egress
    • Removal or disturbance of asbestos containing materials
    • Replacement of roofing and siding
  • Change of occupancy requiring a new Certificate of Occupancy (CO) prior to the use of the structure
    • A Certificate of Occupancy is required when the USBC requires a greater degree of structural strength, fire protection, means of egress, ventilation or sanitation
    • Typical examples: new restaurant (A-2) locating in an existing mercantile shopping center (M); business (B) operating from an existing residence (R)
  • Tents or air-supported structures greater than 900 square feet or with more than 50 occupants
  • Modifications to the exterior accessible route, such as accessible parking and sidewalks leading to an accessible building/site
  • Converting a single family dwelling into a business office (a permit is required even if no alterations are proposed)
  • Construction trailer permit
  • Demolition permit
  • Swimming pool permit
  • Retaining wall permit
  • Cell tower, flag pole and other non-building structure permit

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