Residential Amendments and Revisions

Residential Construction Document Changes

After the building permit has been reviewed the first time, it is still possible to make changes to the construction documents. There are two avenues to follow, either an amendment or a revision.


An amendment is any change that either requires the approval of Chesterfield departments in addition to Building Inspection or requires another field inspection. Typical changes include:

  • Any change to the size of the footprint of the building
  • Any change to the location of the house on the lot
  • Reversing the house on the lot
  • Any change that affects the location of the garage entrance (i.e. front entry verses side entry)
  • Any increase in the number of bedrooms (if the house is on a septic system)
  • Any change in the square footage of the house
  • Any change made to the plan that will require a follow-up inspection (i.e. the change is submitted after the rough inspection is completed)

To request an amendment, visit the Community Development Building to submit a Residential Amendment Application (PDF) along with a $57 amendment fee. Additional permit fees may be assessed if the scope of the work has changed. As the documents required to request an amendment vary based on the situation, please call 804-751-4990 prior to visiting Building Inspection in person.

Revisions (Prior to Permit Issuance)

A revision is any change that does not affect any other Chesterfield department and is submitted before permit issuance. Typically they fall into two types of changes:

  • Layout revisions (example: the contractor wants to move an interior wall)
  • Structural revisions (example: the contractor changes the size of a beam)

To request a revision, visit the Community Development Building to meet with a plan reviewer. Revisions do not require a fee. The applicant brings in the original field set plans and the plan reviewer will manually mark up the field and office sets of plans to reflect the change. In most cases, the homeowner/contractor will be able to leave with the revised plans.

Revisions (After Permit Issuance)

The process is the same as that outlined for revisions submitted prior to permit issuance, with the following additional stipulations:

  • If the revised building design changes the cost of construction, the permit fee may need to be adjusted. The permit holder must indicate the additional cost of construction, if any.
  • Revisions to issued permits are placed into “In Review” status. Inspections may continue to be performed by contacting the building inspector directly. The automated inspection scheduling system cannot be used when permits are in the “In Review” status.
  • Upon approval of the revision, the permit applicant will be contacted to pick up the plans. A complete set of documents, including all approved revisions, must be maintained in the field.