What Construction Projects Require a Permit?

  • New Buildings 

  • Additions 

  • Renovations 

  • Demolitions

  • Prefabricated Structures 

  • Mobil Homes

  • Modular Buildings

  • Electrical work

  • Plumbing work

  • HVAC work

  • Pools, Decks, Fences

Note; if your not sure a permit is required, a good rule of thumb is to simply ask. There are exceptions and the staff is always available to answer questions.

Where to Start?

The first step in ANY development or construction project is to fill out and submit an application for permit(s). The application contains the necessary information to process a permit request. Submitted along with the project documentation (plans, drawings, etc.), the application will be reviewed to determine if the proposed construction meets the applicable standards and requirements.

Projects that propose new construction or an increase of square footage to an existing building should be submitted to the Office of the Zoning Administrator. All other requests for permits should be submitted to the Department of Inspections.

After the application and project documentation have been reviewed, a member of the Department staff will notify you that the application has either been approved or denied. If your application is denied, you will be informed of what additional information or changes will be necessary to obtain approval.

Once the application has been approved, the necessary permit(s) will be issued and the inspection process begins.

Who is responsible to get the Permit(s)?

It is the responsibility of the property owner or the owners designated agent to obtain the necessary permit(s), and it is the responsibility of the permit holder to "CALL" for the required inspections.

What Inspections will be required?

Along with the permit, an Inspections Checklist will be issued to you. This Checklist must be kept on the construction site and as the required inspections are performed, they will be checked off and initialed by the inspector.

NOTE; failure to call for the required inspections may result in having to remove or "undo" work that has concealed other work that needs inspecting, or that is in violation of the Building Code.

Why are Permits necessary?

The primary purpose for the regulation of all construction projects is to protect the public health, safety and welfare. Permits allow for the enforcement of codes, which have been adopted as law by Virginia and the City of Emporia, further, these codes help to protect property values and a minimum standard of living.

Commercial Application

Residential Application