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A building permit is an authorization to begin construction, alteration, or demolition of any residential, commercial, or industrial structure required by the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
You may apply for a permit at Codes Compliance:
Williamsburg Municipal Building401 Lafayette StreetWilliamsburg, VA, 23185-3617
You should provide the following information to complete the building permit application:
In addition to completing a building permit application, you will need to provide the following:
Yes, the fee is based on a schedule adopted by the City Council. These permit fees along with sewer and water fees, if applicable, must be paid at the time of permit issuance.
If you have submitted the required information, it will take three to five business days to review plans and issue plan review comments. If plans meet code requirements, a permit is issued if other requirements are met.
Permits are valid as long as work proceeds but become void if no work is accomplished during any six-month period.
You may request an extension prior to expiration. If not, must reapply and pay the applicable fees.
Upon completion of the work, request a final inspection by calling Codes Compliance at 757-220-6136. When the work passes the final inspection, request a certificate of use and occupancy.
The certificate of use and occupancy is an essential step in the process. There may be considerations unrelated to the house construction in a development, such as sewer, water, and roads, which prevent the issuance of a certificate of use and occupancy even though the "building" is complete.
It is illegal to use or occupy any structure without a certificate of use and occupancy.