What is a building permit?

As a part of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (or USBC), criteria were established for building permits. In addition to permits for new construction, there are permits for:

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Demolition
  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection
  • Gas
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Renovation

Code Section 109 deals with permit applications and building permits. USBC Section 110.7 states, "The approved permit shall be a license to proceed with the work in accordance with the USBC, the application for permit and any approved amendments thereto. The approved permit shall not be construed as authority to omit or amend any of the provisions of the USBC, except when modification is granted in accordance with this chapter.

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