New Construction - Non-Residential

Required for all Building Permit Applications for New Non-Residential Construction: 

  • Approved Site Plan
  • Estimated value of construction (materials and labor) for the work covered by this permit
  • Name and address of any Mechanics Lien Agent involved with this project
  • Two sets of complete building plans showing:
    • "Use Group(s)" classification of this building
    • "Type of Construction" to be used in this building
    • Total height of the building and the size (sq. ft.) of each floor
    • Proposed occupant loads for each area of this building and the total proposed occupant load per floor
    • Indicate if the building will be equipped with a full fire suppression system and/or fire alarm and detection system
    • Location and size of all exits
    • All design load information including the snow, wind, live and dead loads used in the design
    • Size (thickness and width), depth and locations of all footings
    • Amount of unbalanced fill around the foundation walls
    • If a crawlspace is to be used, show locations of all vents, access doors, and the height of the crawl space.
    • Wall construction details including stud size and spacing, window and door header details and exterior wall covering
    • "Design numbers and Fire resistance ratings" of all tenant separation walls, fire walls, exit enclosures, floor/ceiling assemblies and other assemblies required to be fire rated by the Code
    • Floor construction details including size, span, spacing and wood species of all floor girders, floor joist and subfloor (details of slabs on grade, if applicable)
    • Roofing details, including the size, span, spacing, slop and wood species of all rafters.  If engineered roof trusses are to be used, indicate this on the plans.
    • Provide sealed design information for all engineered structural components
    • Riser height, tread depth and handrail information for all stairs
    • Locations and number of plumbing fixtures for all bathrooms
    • Location of all fuel burning appliances and electric panels
    • Structural details of all decks and accessory buildings
    • Accessibility details (all structures shall be designed and constructed in compliance with the 2012 VUSBC Chapter 11)
    • All plans must include the name, address and occupation of the person who prepared the plans.  Some plans may be required to be sealed by a Virginia licensed architect or engineer.  Click here to view a table for when an A/E seal is required on the plans.