FAQ: Building Inspection PDF Print E-mail

When is a building permit required?
The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code Sec. 109.1 states written application for permit shall be made to the County Building Official before any of the following actions may be commenced: constructing, enlarging, altering or changing the use of a structure. Please check with the County Department of Building Inspection prior to any construction within the County (including within the Towns of Damascus and Glade Spring).

What documents do I need to obtain a Building Permit?
Before a Building Permit can be issued a completed zoning and building application must be submitted to the County Department of Building Inspection along with the following items (see Helpful Links on the side bar for additional information):

  • Most recent Washington County real estate tax ticket
  • Approval from the authority having jurisdiction for an approved sanitary sewer system (where public sanitary sewer is available; if no sewer is available, approval for an on-site septic system must be obtained from the Virgina Department of Health)
  • Approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation for a highway entrance permit (residential or commercial)
  • A valid contractor's license when applicable

Where may I obtain copies of the current Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code?
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What constitutes a "manufactured home"?
A manufactured home (also known as a mobile home or trailer) is a structure subject to Federal Regulations and must bear a label indicating such from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In Washington County, a manufactured home can only be used for its intended use as a residential structure; manufactured housing units (MHUs) may not be used as storage buidings or accessory buildings such as workshops.

What constitutes a "modular home"?
A modular home is subject to Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code regulations and must bear the Virginia Industrialized Building Certificate. Components of these structures such as walls, floors and roofs are pre-assembled and shipped to the building site for final construction. These structures are generally treated like a site-built home.

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