The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Winchester City Code require permits for all new construction, additions, alterations/remodeling, demolition, change of uses, and work not specifically exempted by the Code.

  • Permit applications are accepted via:
    • In-person - Inspections office, Rouss City Hall
    • By mail - Rouss City Hall, Building Inspections Department, 15 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA  22601
    • Email 
    • Fax (540) 722-3618
  • No fees for building permits are due upon submittal
  • No expedited plan review is available

Building Permit Reports

Some activities do not require a permit:

Normal repairs and maintenance work are not required to have a permit, such as: painting, dry wall repair, and minor roof repair, replacing cabinets or fixtures. Click the button below for a complete list of activities that do not require a permit.

activities that don't require permit

Permits may be issued to the following persons:

  1. Property owners or their legal agent.
  2. Contractors with a valid Virginia State Contractors License and valid City of Winchester Business License.

Electrical Permits

Permitting and Inspections for electrical work located inside the City of Winchester are conducted by the Middle Department Inspection Agency.  (MDIA).

MDIA is a private company contracted to the City of Winchester to issue electrical permits and provide electrical inspections.  MDIA reports all inspection results to the Building Official.  Code disputes and appeals are handled by the Building Official.

Electrical inspections are currently conducted under the 2011 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70).


Middle Department Inspection Agency
3076 Shawnee Drive
P.O. Box 1626
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: 540-667-8484

Policies and Information:

Basic Design Requirements

  • Wind Speed: 90 MPH

  • Ground Snow: 35 psf

  • Live Roof: 30 psf

  • Frost: 24 inches

  • Seismic Zone: Chapter 16