REQUESTING A BUILDING PERMIT IN ALLEGHANY COUNTY

An application for a building permit must be submitted for all new construction, enlargements, alterations, or demolitions of any structure or buildings; or for changing the occupancy of a structure or building when that change requires greater structural strength, additional exit-ways, installation of equipment, or sanitary provisions; or for mobile/manufactured homes.  Applicants need to allow two working days for their application to be reviewed and approved before the permit can be issued.

Changes Effective September 1, 2007 that Apply to All Permits

If you have purchased the property on which the application is being requested within the last year to 18 months, you will need to submit a copy of the deed showing ownership to the property owner listed on the application.  A copy of the deed can be obtained at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the Courthouse on Main Street in Covington.

If a new entrance from a state maintained street is needed, a copy of the entrance permit from VDOT is required to be submitted with the application.

What you need to apply for a permit: 

NEW RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS OR MANUFACTURED HOMES

 

        Effective September 1, 2007, two sets of basic structural drawings for new single family dwellings, excluding mobile/manufactured homes, will need to be submitted with the permit application.   Sample drawings have been provided below.  A Residential Handbook and a Structural Drawing Checklist have been created to help guide you through the process of acquiring a permit for a residential dwelling.

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      Sample drawings:   

                Sample 1

                Sample 2

                Sample 3

                Sample 4

                Sample 5

ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS

This includes attached porches, decks, garages, or room additions.

 ACCESSORY STRUCTURES

This includes swimming pools, detached garages, detached carports, and storage sheds in excess of 150 sq. ft., providing there is no electric or plumbing in the structure.  

  ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, AND MECHANICAL PERMITS

  REPAIRS AND REMODEL

This includes replacing roof structure (not shingles), and general remodeling and repairs.

  MISCELLANEOUS

This includes demolitions and removal of underground storage tanks or any type of work not listed.

  NEW COMMERCIAL/REMODELING OR ADDITION TO COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

It is strongly recommended that you make an appointment to discuss your project with the Building Official before filing any applications for a commercial project.

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