Building Services and Permits

When Permits are Required

Permits are required for all construction regulated by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). To download a free copy of the USBC, please visit:

To view USBC requirements for permits visit:

When Permits Are Required

How To Apply For A Permit

To apply for a permit, complete a building permit application and submit it to the Building Department. Complete permit applications may be mailed, faxed [757-678-0483], or hand delivered the Building Department office. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. If you mail or fax the application, please follow up with a telephone call to be sure that it is complete and ready for processing.


County regulations require that all real estate taxes be paid up to date in order to apply for a building permit. To check on the status of real estate taxes, please contact the Treasurer's Office. Permit applications for properties that have taxes that are past due will not be accepted for processing.

Health Department

All applications for permits for new structures, or that require an increase in the footprint of a building or structure, the addition of square footage for assembly use buildings, or change of use of a structure requiring additional plumbing fixtures, will require a health department Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply permit. To obtain a Health Department permit, you will need to provide the County Tax Map ID number. Contact the Planning Department or Commissioner of the Revenue. A Health Department Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply permit application form may be downloaded here.

Site Plan

All permits that require an increase in the footprint of a building or structure, the addition of square footage for assembly use buildings, or change of use of a structure will require a site plan. This includes the addition of a deck, garage, pool, or shed. The complexity of a site plan, and the approval process depends largely on the nature and location of the project. Planning and Zoning requirements greatly influence site plan requirements. At a minimum, a site plan must show the following:

Street address or Tax Map ID number of the property.

Location of all property lines, easements, rights of way.

Location of 100 year flood plain - if present.

Location of all structures on the property.

Distance between proposed structure and property lines.

While not necessarily required to be to scale - site plans must be an accurate representation of site conditions.

Building Plans

Two sets of plans must be submitted. Following plan review and approval, one set will be returned to the applicant to be kept on the job site. The second set will be retained by the County.

Plans not sealed by an licensed architect or engineer, must include the name, occupation, address and contact information of the person who prepared them.

Plans for construction will be reviewed by building department staff, therefore it is important that they accurately convey the scope and construction methods of the project. Plans should show all structural aspects the work. Additional requirements will be required for more complex structures.


Decks / Piers: Show footing sizes; post spacing; girder size and span; joist size, spacing and spans; guardrail, handrail and star details.

Pools: Location of all utilities on the property in relation to the pool; location of all dwelling units on the properties; location of all fences or barriers around the pool; details of barriers, fences and gates through the barrier.

Alterations: Plans should indicate the existing conditions as well as what will be changed. When alterations involve structural changes, the nature of the change must be clearly detailed.

New residential structures and additions: All structural aspects including footings; foundation walls, access and vents; girder sizes and spans; floor joist sizes, spans and spacing; header sizes and spans; window locations and sizes; door locations; roof construction methods, including wind resistant construction methods. Plans must also indicate stair locations, handrails and geometry; and a complete floor plan for each level. Indicate each fire place and mechanical equipment location. Plans for additions should also include the location of all existing bedrooms in the existing structure.

After November 17, 2005, plans for new residential construction must indicate the locations and types of all braced wall lines. Braced wall lines are walls, or series of walls that function as vertical diaphragms, intended to support exterior walls, and subsequently the roofs they support during wind loading situations. Check out 2003 International Residential Code for more details.

Other Structures: Plans must be detailed enough for a complete structural evaluation. Plans for multiple dwelling buildings, or multi-use structures must also address fire walls, fire separation assemblies, as well as height and area limitations. Buildings required to be equipped with fire suppression systems must indicate the location and type of suppression system.

Accessibility: Plans for new and altered commercial facilities must include details of accessibility. Please include a completed Accessibility Compliance Form with each application for commercial alteration.

Asbestos: State regulations require that buildings built before 1985, must be inspected for asbestos containing materials before permits for alteration or demolition may be issued. Please include a completed

Structures located within the 100 year flood plain must indicate storm resistant construction, including the placement and size of all flood vents, and methods of anchoring against wind uplift and the effects of water pressure on the structure. Plans for structures located in "V" type flood zones MUST be sealed by a Virginia licensed architect or engineer.

Plans for structures located within 1500 feet of major bodies of water must be sealed by a Registered Design Professional. See the County's policy regarding these structures. RDP Policy

Incomplete plans will result in a delay in issuance of permits.


Various Forms may be downloaded from this page: Permit Guides

Planning and Zoning Fees

Please confirm fees with the permit technician. 

Planning & Zoning Fees 

Department Staff Information

Susan McGhee

757-678-0443 ext. 541

Zoning Administrator

757-678-0443 ext. 545

John Outten
Building Official

757-678-0445 ext. 525

Kelley Lewis Parks
Senior Planner

757-678-0443 ext. 546

Tom Rippon
Code Compliance and Building Inspector

757-678-0445 ext. 526

Beth Nunnally 
Development Inspector

757-678-0443 ext. 542

Katie Spady 
Environmental Specialist

757-678-0443 ext. 544

Jennifer Sayers 
Permit Technician

 757-678-0445 ext. 543

Carmen Warner
Office Coordinator

757-678-0443 ext. 524

Department of Planning, Permitting & Enforcement
PO Box 538
16404 Courthouse Road
Eastville, VA 23347

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM