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State & Local Government Updates

The Home Building Association of Richmond is communicating with local governments across the Richmond region to provide the latest updates on inspection and building permit centers that may impact day-to-day residential construction operations.

This list will be updated as soon as we have the information from primary points of contact. If you have additional questions for HBAR to field, please call or email Elizabeth Greenfield at egreenfield@hbar.org or 804-307-5633.

 

Update on new Virginia Building Code

The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development recently approved the final regulations for the 2018 building code development cycle.

Click here for an overview of the significant changes to the Virginia Construction Code, Virginia Existing Building Code, Virginia Maintenance Code, Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, Manufactured Housing Safety Regulations, and Virginia Certification Standards.

When do these codes become effective?

The new 2018 codes will go into effect July 1, 2021. However, 13VAC5-63-30 Section 103 of the final regulation states that upon the effective date of the 2018 code (7/1/2021), an applicant for a permit shall have one year to choose whether to comply with the provisions of the 2018 code or the provisions of the 2015 code. In short, the 2018 code does not become mandatory until July 1, 2022.

The effective date and information regarding the recently-completed 2018 code change cycle have now been published in the Virginia Register (click here to view). More information regarding the 2021 code change cycle is forthcoming.

If you have questions about the new building codes, please contact HBAV’s Vice President of Government Affairs at AClark@HBAV.com.  You may also contact the State Building Codes Office at sbco@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7150.

 

Chesterfield County

Building Inspection

The Community Development Customer Service Center is open.

Six-foot social distancing will be maintained, and all customers must wear a mask while in the buildings in accordance with state and county requirements. Due to limited availability of masks, they are not able to provide masks so please bring your own.

Permit applications sent via mail or commercial courier will be accepted and processed.

Customer deliveries are being handled using an exterior pickup/drop off cart located in the breezeway directly outside of the Community Development Building (9800 Government Center Parkway). Instructions are provided on the door and/or cart.

The walk-thru permit process is suspended until further notice.

Utilities Customer Service Center is Open
The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities’ first-floor customer service center is open with regular business hours. Learn more about available services and health and safety guidelines.

 

Henrico County

(Last updated on September 3, 2021)

New Build Henrico Permitting System Now Live

Effective August 30, 2021, all permit applications for the construction, alteration, addition, repair or demolition of single family dwellings shall be submitted using the Build Henrico Permitting Instructions.

To amend or cancel a single family dwelling permit submitted or issued prior to August 30, 2021, see the instructions for Henrico’s former permitting and inspections system, now referred to as the Legacy Permitting System.

To access the Build Henrico Permitting Instructions and Legacy Permitting System go to https://henrico.us/services/building-permit-residential/.

For help using the new system, or to access training videos, go to https://henrico.us/build/help/.

Henrico County: New Public Works Design Manual
Henrico County’s Department of Public Works has issued a new Design Manual, which will be effective on September 1, 2021. The new manual can be accessed on the Design Division’s Manual webpage here: https://henrico.us/works/design/manual/.

New Floodplain Ordinance

On August 10, 2021, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new Floodplain Ordinance. The new ordinance will be effective September 1, 2021 and is located in Chapter 10: Environment of the Henrico County Code (previously in Chapter 24: Zoning). To download the new ordinance go to   https://henrico.us/assets/Approved-Board Paper_Ordinance_08.10.2021.pdf.

Subdivision and Zoning Ordinance Updates

The Henrico Board of Supervisors adopted the new Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances. Both new ordinances will be effective September 1. The new ordinances are available on the Planning Department website:

Building Construction and Inspections

Beginning May 24, 2021 the Department of Building Construction and Inspections office on the 2nd Floor of the County Administration Building at 4301 E. Parham Rd. has re-opened to the public.  All permitting, plan review and inspection services are being delivered daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  No appointment is needed to visit the office location.

Please call 804-501-4360 if you have any questions about our services.

Permit Center

The Permit Centers at both the Western Government Center (4301 E. Parham Road) and the Eastern Government Center (3820 Nine Mile Road) will reopen to the public on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Staff will be available for in-person assistance and to accept in-person applications for residential trade permits (plumbing, electrical, and mechanical)  and single-family alterations, repairs, and detached accessory structures.  Applicants may continue to submit completed trade permit applications for RESIDENTIAL JOBS ONLY via email to permitcenter@henrico.us.  Applicants may also submit completed permit application packages for RESIDENTIAL alterations, repairs, and detached accessory structures via email to permitcenter@henrico.us.  Applications for new single-family construction cannot be submitted via email at this time.  Please be reminded that the status of permits can be verified through the following web portal:   http://www3.co.henrico.va.us/bldg/insp/.

Applications for the Planning Department (rezonings, plans of development, subdivision, etc.) may be filed in person.  Payment may be made at the time of submission or applicants can choose to be contacted via email regarding on-line payment as is current practice. Electronic versions of all POD and subdivision plans should continue to be emailed in advance of submission to DevEPlanReview@henrico.us.

While not required, customers are encouraged to make appointments to receive services.  If you have any questions about our services, or wish to make an appointment, please contact the Permit Center at 501-7280 or permitcenter@henrico.us.

Planning

The Planning Department will be open to the public on Monday, May 24, 2021. Appointments are encouraged. For appointments or inquiries, please call (804) 501-4602.

All Planning applications/submittals (e.g., Rezonings, Provisional Use Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Plan of Developments, and Subdivisions) will be accepted at the Permit Center. Applicants for Plans of Development and Subdivisions should provide an electronic copy of all submitted documents to DevEPlanReview@henrico.us to facilitate the plan review process.

Application fees and submissions:

For walk-in customers, the Permit Center will process your payment at that time. Online payment processing is also available through the Permit Center.

Scheduled meetings changes:

  • Staff Developer meetings are scheduled remotely through WebEx. Applicants will be contacted by Planning after receipt of a development application. Review comments will be provided through the online comment system. If you have any questions regarding your development application, please contact the plan reviewer directly and staff will assist you over the phone or electronically.
  • Upcoming meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals have changed. 
    —Planning Commission: More information.
    —Board of Zoning Appeals: More information.
  • An administrative process for approval of Subdivision Plans and Plans of Development that would normally be approved on these Planning Commission agendas is in place to allow development approvals to proceed within the normal timeframes allocated to the Public Hearing process. The monthly administrative agenda is posted at https://henrico.us/pdfs/planning/podnext.pdf .  Filing deadlines remain unchanged. For more information, please see https://henrico.us/planning/meetings.

 

Hanover County

(Last updated on July 8, 2021)

The Department of Public Works has updated a few of its forms over the past few months.  While these forms have been put online, we are still seeing the old forms submitted, and unfortunately, we are unable to accept them, causing delays in processing.  The following is a list of those items that have been changed:

  1. Land Disturbance Application;
  2. Cash Bond Form 1304, approved CA 5/21
  3. Irrevocable Letter of Credit Form 1303, approved CA 10/15
  4. Performance Bond Form 1302/213

Please make sure you are using the most recent form when submitting these materials.  If you have copies of the old forms on your computers, please replace with the new versions.

Hanover no longer requires VSMP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) to be submitted during the review process.  A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) must be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities prior to submitting the Registration Statement.  The SWPPP needs to be kept or be made available, and maintained on site.  Templates are still available to assist in your SWPPP development, if needed.

If you have any questions about either of these topics, please contact Randy Hardman at wrhardman@gmail.com or 804-365-6376.

 

The Hanover County Planning Department has implemented a new community web portal for submitting applications and plans to the office. It can be accessed at this link.

This site provides access to community development services, allowing customers to complete many common tasks online.

Use the Permit module to pay permit fees, access permit history, and apply for residential subtrade permits.

Use the Project module to access Planning Department projects such as rezoning, conditional use permit, and site plan. You may also search for information about active Planning projects.

Use the Inspection module to schedule or cancel Building Inspections.

To schedule an inspection online, you will be required to create a user account.

 

City of Richmond 

(Last Updated June 7, 2021)

The City of Richmond is pleased to announce the launch of our NEW Online Permit Portal (OPP). The portal gives our customers the ability to apply for certain Permits from their office or home without coming into City Hall.

In this initial phase of the Online Permit Portal, we will be rolling out the following plan types: Certificate of Zoning Compliance, Electrical Residential, Gas Piping Residential, Mechanical Residential, Plan of Development and Plumbing Residential. Customers will be able to submit plans for review, apply and pay for permits, request inspections, and check the status of a request.

Customer informational sessions will be held each week, with staff available to assist customers interested in learning how to apply for a permit using the online portal. Email csshelp@richmondgov.com for more information.

Customers will need to register online before being able to apply for permits through the portal.

Navigate to the Online Permit Portal to register.

The OPP User Guide is available to assist you with using the portal along with the Online Portal User Tips and Sample Descriptions.

 

New Kent County

(Last Updated June 7, 2021)

Effective Monday, May 10, 2021, the following procedures apply when visiting the Planning & Zoning Department temporarily located at 7941 New Chipping Lane:

  • Our visitors will check in at the Planning & Zoning Department window to the right to take a temperature reading and to complete a screening form prior to conducting business with the Department.  You will also receive information about social distancing and face coverings according to the latest New Kent County Emergency Permanent Standards and the Governor's Announcements
  • Reduced Planning & Zoning Department permit and application hours will be from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM to allow ample time to make any payments to the Treasurer by 4:15 PM. The Treasurer has returned to its original office at the upper-level Administration Building located at 12007 Courthouse Circle
  • As a reminder, only completed original applications and permits are accepted with the required fee payment at the time of submittal
  • Planning & Zoning Staff will still be able to assist you with non-payment related matters by appointment only between 3:45 PM and 4:30 PM