How long is a permit valid?
A permit remains valid for as long as the work is proceeding, and an inspection is performed within the last 6 months. If the work is halted or abandoned for a period of at least 6 months, the permit may be suspended. Extensions may be granted by the Building Commissioner. Letters are sent to permit holders advising them that a permit has expired. The permit holder must apply for an extension in writing and receive approval prior to proceeding with the project.

The Building Inspections Division, as the permit issuer, must have approved inspections recorded in our files for a permit to remain active. If you haven’t started your project or called for any inspections in 180 days or more, your permit will expire. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to prove to the Building Commissioner that work has not been suspended or abandoned. Extensions are not guaranteed.

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1. When is a building permit required or not required?
2. What are the permit fees?
3. What model codes are adopted by Virginia?
4. Who may apply for a permit?
5. May I obtain permits by mail or phone?
6. May someone else obtain a permit for me?
7. Should I purchase the permit or let my contractor purchase it?
8. What type of permit do I need?
9. How long is a permit valid?
10. May a permit be voided?
11. May a permit be returned for a refund?