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 pandemic. Here are some updates:

If you need to discuss a permit for a project of limited scope, we’re now open for Walk Through Wednesdays by appointment only:

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  • Need to send us plans or other documents? Send to Dropbox  
  • Permitting self service is available. You may check the status of building permits and plan reviews; pay permit fees; and verify the status of inspections.
  • Virtual inspections are available for some inspections. Find out more.
  • 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 if you have a question or need a longer appointment. We’re here to help.

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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