The mission of the Department of Building Construction and Inspections (“Department”) is to assure that all buildings, structures and related equipment are constructed, installed and maintained in compliance with the standards contained within the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Henrico County Code. Therefore, the Department is a code enforcement agency. A fuller description of the Department’s activities and USBC and County Code requirements can be found at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/report-a-building-violation/

The USBC requires owners or contractors to submit permit applications, obtain permits, and pass inspections of the completed work. When a permit application is submitted, the Department reviews the application for compliance with the USBC and either approves the application and issues a building permit or requires revisions before issuing a permit.

The permit fees are contained in Section 6-3 of the Henrico County Code. Copies of relevant forms can be found at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/applications-forms/.

Once the Department issues the permit, the applicant can begin work. As work is completed, the owner or contractor is responsible for scheduling inspections by the Department. Depending on the work being performed, inspections of structure subsystems, e.g., plumbing, electrical, foundations, may be necessary and must be performed before the work is covered up. Inspections may be requested via the internet at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/insp/ or by calling the Department: http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/general-information/request-an-inspection-by-phone/. In addition, the status of plan reviews and inspections can be checked at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/insp/.

The permit application requirements for residential structures are found at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/residential-building-information/permit-application-requirements/. Other applicable policies and requirements for residential structures are provided here: http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/residential-building-information/.

The Permit Review Guide for commercial structures is at:http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/commercial-building-information/permit-review-guide/. Other applicable policies and requirements for commercial structures are available here: http://www.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/commercial-building-information/.