What is a building permit?

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), established criterias for building permits. In addition to permits for new construction, permits are needed for renovation, demolition, plumbing, gas, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and asbestos removal. Section 108 of the VUSBC specifies when a application and building permits are required.

VUSBC Section 110.5 states, "A permit shall be considered authority to proceed with construction in accordance with this Code, the approved construction documents, the permit application and any approved amendments or modifications. The permit shall not be construed to otherwise authorize the omission or amendment of any provision of this Code.

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1. What are the hours of operation for the Building Safety Office?
2. What is a building permit?
3. When is a building permit required?
4. Who reviews building plans?
5. Do I need a permit for ordinary repairs?
6. What are some of the significant changes in the 2018 code cycle?