Scope of Projects
The larger the project and the greater the impact, the more reviews, and approvals are required. Planning ahead for large projects is best and saves time. Approvals by departments and boards, and an approved site plan, if applicable, are required before issuance of building permits.
Building Official Review
As part of the non-residential site and building review, the building official will check for compliance with the applicable provisions, as adopted in the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Portions of ADA were adopted into the building code in 1992. The standard was adopted to ensure accessibility to persons with physical disabilities to any building.
This code has retrofit provisions in existing facilities and requires documentation at the time of permit application. A copy of renovation/addition compliance worksheet is available in the Codes Compliance Office.
Demolition / Renovation
When demolishing or renovating a non-residential building, there are requirements to document proper asbestos inspection and removal. Ask the Codes Compliance Division for a copy of the law to see if it applies to you.
Utility Connection Fees
Local and Hampton Roads utility connection fees must be paid before obtaining permits. Standard fees may be obtained and are paid through the Codes Compliance Division.