Commercial Building Permit Submission Requirements

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Commercial building permit applications must be submitted online via ePlan Review. Expand the bulleted items below to view the requirements for several common commercial projects.

New Construction

Addition to an Existing Building

Interior Alterations

Interior Alterations – Express

  • Architectural drawings to include Code Analysis (see bottom of page for an example), scaled and dimensioned floor plans, elevations, sections and details, as appropriate; room/door/window schedules, and partition schedules with fire ratings and test numbers, as appropriate. Provide key plan of floor showing renovation space and egress to the identified floor exits. Indicate new and existing work (clouds are not an acceptable method to indicate new work).
  • Electrical drawings to include riser diagram, panel / light schedules and power / light plans. Indicate new and existing work.
  • Mechanical drawings to show the location of all existing supply and return registers (if the system and ductwork are existing, indicate as such) and complete duct layout with all main and branch sizes, register sizes and Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) at each register (if ductwork is new). Provide equipment schedule for new equipment.
  • Plumbing drawings to include riser diagrams, schedules and layouts. Indicate new and existing work.
  • View a list of all permits and requirements.
  • Plans must clearly indicate existing work and work to be modified.
  • Accessibility Compliance
  • Any alterations or additions to existing structures require the applicant to complete the Asbestos Inspection and Awareness Form.
  • Submit a garage plan, if applicable.
  • Use the Seal Chart and Notes for quick reference in order to determine accordance with §54.1-402 of the Code of Virginia if an architect’s or engineer’s (A/E) seal is required on documents for proposed construction.

Mechanical Permits for Air Conditioners

  • Minimum page size 11 in. x 17 in.
  • Plat or site plan showing exterior and/or rooftop location (if in person, 3 copies).
  • Copies of specifications of the new unit(s) (if in person, 3 copies).
  • Use the Seal Chart and Notes for quick reference in order to determine accordance with §54.1-402 of the Code of Virginia if an architect’s or engineer’s (A/E) seal is required on documents for proposed construction.

Underground Fuel Tank

  • Site plan (if in person, 3 copies).
    • Site plan to show location of tanks on site, size of tank and installation detail if new tank.
  • Use the Seal Chart and Notes for quick reference in order to determine accordance with §54.1-402 of the Code of Virginia if an architect’s or engineer’s (A/E) seal is required on documents for proposed construction.

Sprinklers, Hoods and Fire Alarms

You must apply for a Fire Protection Systems Permit.

  • 2 copies of drawings with application.
  • If this is a resubmittal, no need to complete a second application.

NOTE: Sprinkler plans may be a walk through review if:

  • Addition or relocation of up to 20 heads.
  • Tenant changes involving 2,000 sq. ft. or less in business, mercantile or assembly uses.
  • Twenty (20) heads or less as a revision to an approved set of shop drawings.
  • This review process is available Monday through Thursday each week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (if a reviewer is available).
  • Use the Seal Chart and Notes for quick reference in order to determine accordance with §54.1-402 of the Code of Virginia if an architect’s or engineer’s (A/E) seal is required on documents for proposed construction.

Sample Code Analysis

This sheet is not intended to represent minimum submission requirements for any plan. Any oversight or misinterpretation of this table does not alleviate compliance with code requirements throughout the review and inspection process.