Building and Trade Permits

We’re trying to make permitting and plan review easier for you and safer for our community in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. We have some updates as City Hall is now closed to the public:

  • Building inspections will be triaged as determined by the City Building Official, with essential and “life safety” building inspections performed first.
  • A drop off/pick up box for large-scale building plans is located in the City Hall entrance closest to the railroad tracks. Please call us at 703-257-8278 if you drop a plan off.
  • Electronic submission of plans up to 11 x 17 inches will be accepted.
  • Third party building inspections will be accepted from an approved list of inspectors.
  • Building and site plan review are ongoing.
  • Please email or call us at 703-257-8278. We’re here to help.


Construction permits are required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code in accordance with state law. The purpose of the building code is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, provided that buildings and structures should be permitted to be constructed at the least possible cost consistent with recognized standards of health, safety, energy conservation, and water conservation, including provisions necessary to prevent overcrowding, rodent or insect infestation, and garbage accumulation; and barrier-free provisions for the physically handicapped and aged.


Additional Information

Applicable Regulations

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

Update to Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and Statewide Fire Prevention Code effective 9/4/18