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Construction Document Requirements
When a Registered Design Professional (RDP) is Required
When a permit is necessary, building plans may be required to be submitted in accordance with the applicable project checklist. The drawings must be prepared by a Commonwealth of Virginia licensed design professional, also known as Registered Design Professional (RDP), if required by the Chesterfield County policy. In addition, the project must comply with the current building code and the local design criteria. The site plan approval process may be required based on the land disturbance activity.
Please refer to the architect or engineer sealed drawings requirement (PDF) for a quick reference to the Code of Virginia to determine if an A/E or RDP seal on drawings is required for the proposed construction.
Construction documents for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that are not required to be prepared by a registered design professional must be prepared by a licensed master electrician, plumber or mechanical worker, or a licensed Class A contractor with an associated electrical, plumbing or mechanical specialty designation.
The pre-submission checklists below will be used to evaluate your construction documents prior to us accepting a permit application and plans for permit review. The building permit and/or trade permit may not be accepted for review if applicable items on these checklists are not included in your construction documents.
- 2018 Alterations & Renovations Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Changing House to Business Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Electrical Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Footing & Foundation Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Mechanical Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 New Construction Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Plumbing & Gas Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Structural Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Tent Checklist (PDF)
- 2018 Wind Turbine Checklist (PDF)
- Passenger Elevator Checklist (PDF)
- Utilities Checklist (PDF)
How to Submit
Who Can Apply?
Property owners, licensed contractors, the tenant of a building or a unit and the owner’s agent (with written permission from the owner) may apply for permits. Apply online using the ELM Portal, mail your application package or bring it to:
Department of Building Inspection
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Commercial Permit Application Package
Commercial permit application package should include:
- Application - A customer-service representative reviews the permit application, processes the permit data, calculates and collects permit fees, and provides the applicant with a receipt.
- Plans - Five sets of construction plans, unless otherwise noted.
- Plot Plans - Plot plans must contain: Entire property, showing all property line dimensions, existing dwelling, any other existing structures and location of proposed structure. Clearly indicate all dimensions of proposed structure. Setbacks from the closest point of the proposed structure to property lines in each direction. Label the measurements from each property line to the closest point on the structure as exactly as possible. Clearly label the name of the road. All buffers, easements or floodplains located on the property (no structure may be located in these areas).
- Permit Fees - All fees are paid in Building Inspection and are payable at the time of application. Checks, cash, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa are accepted. Checks are payable to “Treasurer, Chesterfield County.” Fees are subject to change. Please consult the commercial fee schedule for the most current information.
Commercial Plan Review
Plan reviewers from all applicable departments review the submitted plans and documents for code and ordinance compliance.
- Building Inspection – reviews the plans for building code compliance
- Planning – reviews the plot plan for setbacks, easements and zoning compliance
- Environmental Engineering – reviews the plot plan for setbacks from all easements and environmental features
- Utilities – reviews the plot plan and permit application to verify there are no encroachments into water and sewer easement
Upon approval of all reviews, the Building Inspection Department issues the permit to the applicant, along with the plans.
- Approved building permit must be visible on the job site, and construction plans must be available to the county inspectors on the job site.
- Any change from the plan or to the permit requires an amendment, revision of plan or a new permit.