When is a building permit required?

Building permits are required for most construction activity. VUSBC Section 108 requires a permit to be issued by the building code official when:

  • Above and in-ground swimming pools.
  • Changing the use of a building either within the same use group or to a different use group when the new use requires greater degrees of structural strength, fire protection, exit facilities or sanitary provisions. Constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, or demolishing a building or structure. Fences associated with swimming pools.
  • Installing or altering any equipment which is regulated by this code.
  • Removing any asbestos containing material. When erecting a tent greater than 900 square feet in size and intended to be used by fifty or more persons.
  • When installing or extending any plumbing, electrical, or mechanical systems.
  • When moving a lot line that increases the hazard to or decreases the level of safety of an existing structure in comparison to the building code under which the structure was built.

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2. What is a building permit?
3. When is a building permit required?
4. Who reviews building plans?
5. Do I need a permit for ordinary repairs?
6. What are some of the significant changes in the 2018 code cycle?