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Building Safety/Permits


101-E Mounts Bay Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

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P: 757-253-6626


Hours of Operation


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Inspector's Hours:
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.






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Miscellaneous Fees


Plan Review

The fee for the review of building plans shall be $20 for each 1,000-square foot of floor space or part thereof or a minimum fee of $15. Such review fee is to be paid at Building Safety and Permits Division prior to the plan review or at the discretion of the building official, at the time of permit issuance.

Revised plans: There is no fee for the review of revised building plans unless such plans are substantially different than the original plans and necessitate the issuance of additional reviews or comments. Such revised plans are subject to an additional fee equal to the fee provided for above.

Environmental Fee

A $100.00 Environmental Fee shall be required for each single-family residential structure.


The fee for annual elevator inspections performed by a 3rd party shall be $50.

The fee for annual elevator inspections conducted by a JCC inspector shall be: $50 for wheelchair lifts, $150 for hydraulic elevators, and $200 for traction elevators.

Mobile Home Installation

The fee for the inspection of the installation of a mobile home is $50, plus the addition of a two percent State levy.

The fee for the inspection of the mobile home installation will supersede any fee otherwise required for the inspection of an electrical or plumbing permit for that mobile home.


When any building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing inspector is required to make a reinspection of work because of incomplete, inadequate or improper work or installation, or because the inspector could not obtain reasonable access to the work or mobile home to be inspected, there will be a $50 reinspection fee for each reinspection. Such reinspection fee will be paid at the Building Safety and Permits Division.


No fee paid for any permit covered under Section 4-8 of the Code shall be refunded unless the permit application is denied and a permit is not issued or the permit is issued in error. If a permit is revoked, abandoned or the project for which the permit is obtained is discontinued, a portion of the permit fee may be refunded after deducting $25, plus the addition of a two percent State levy, for administrative costs plus $15, plus the addition of a 2 percent State levy, for each normal inspection that has been made. No permit fee, the value of which is $25 or less, will be refunded.


Where the owner of any premises is the United States of America, the commonwealth, the county or instrumentalities thereof, the payment of any permit fee established in Section 4-8 of the Code is hereby waived. When the Housing and Community Development Administrator certifies that the work for which application has been made is funded through his office or a related program and requests that fees be waived, then the request shall be granted

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