This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary permits for a new commercial building or an addition to an existing building and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.
You must obtain permits for a new commercial building. Listed below are the types of permits required depending on the complexity of your project.
- Building permit
- Electrical permit including fire alarm systems
- Plumbing permit including fuel-gas installations
- Mechanical permit
- VDOT permit for construction on or access from a state-maintained road or right-of-way
- Health permit for septic, well, food service, private schools and daycare facilities
Permit fees vary depending on the scope of your project; use the online fee estimator to help determine your costs. Access the estimator by visiting our website and clicking on "fees."
- The building permit fee is based on the building size and type of construction.
- 35 percent of the building permit fee is required to be paid at permit application (filing fee).
- While the initial building plan reviews are free, subsequent re-reviews carry additional fees.
- Fixture unit fees must be paid prior to permit issuance.
- Fire Marshal reviews, trade permits and health permits carry separate fees.
Upload the following documents when applying for your building permit: building plans, Building Plan Review Cover Sheet, site plan and proffers (if applicable), geotechnical report, Statement of Special Inspections.