A building permit is required for any new construction, alterations, additions, demolitions, accessory buildings, swimming pools, and/or other types of construction, which will improve or upgrade any property in the City of Harrisonburg. The City of Harrisonburg enforces the 2009 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code along with the 2009 family of the International Codes.
If you are applying for a Building Permit, ensure that you also fill out and submit the Building Permit checklist with the Building Permit Application.
[43KB] Building Permit Application
[48KB] Roofing Permit Application
Questions regarding building permits can be answered by the Building Inspections Division at 540-432-7700.
Roof live load is 30 pounds per square foot, non-reduced.
Roof dead load is 10 pounds per square foot, non-reduced.
Note: These are minimum design loads. Loads exceeding these minimums shall require a registered design professional to address the actual loads.
Wind speed is 90 miles per hour, frost depth is 30 inches, seismic category is B, and the ground snow load is 35 pounds per square foot.
An architect's and/or engineer's seal is required on all drawings for assembly, educational, high hazard, institutional, apartment, hotel-motel and dormitory uses regardless of size. Other uses not listed above may require an architect's and/or engineer's seal depending on the square footage and/or height of the structure.
Information Required on Application
Site Plan submit one:
Submit two sets of the following, one set will remain on the record of the Building Inspection Office and the other will be stamped "approved" and returned to the owner or contractor and shall remain on the job site at all times during construction:
Supplemental plans may be required. Such supplemental plans would include, but not be limited to: Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fire Sprinkler Systems, and other supplemental plans as may be deemed necessary by the Building Inspection Office.
Once an application has been submitted, it is forwarded to the Planning, Zoning and Engineering Divisions for review for compliance with zoning requirements and any site plans issues. It is then returned to the Building Inspections Division for final review, approval and issuance of the building permit.
Posting of Permit
The building permit shall be displayed on the outside of the building or premises where it is plainly visible from the street, and shall not be removed until the building or renovation is complete and ready for occupancy.
Following is a list of required inspections:
All listed inspections shall be scheduled by the contractor, owner, or owner's authorized agent. The permit number, address, and type of inspection to be made must be given to the permit clerk in order to schedule an inspection.
Required Occupancy Certificate
Once the final building inspection has been completed and approved, a Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued prior to any occupancy.
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