Powhatan County's requirement to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code is to ensure safe, code compliant buildings that will protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. Both codes reference the International Codes as administered by the International Code Council (ICC).
Powhatan County Building Inspections Office currently schedules inspections by telephone, email, or in person.
Inspections requested by 4 p.m. will be performed the following day.
scheduled by 4 p.m. on Friday or the day before scheduled dates County
offices are closed will be performed the following business day.
Applications for permits will only be processed if received between 9
a.m. and 4 p.m. For a list of exemptions to obtaining a permit, view our
Permit Exemptions (PDF) document.
We only accept checks and cash for permit fees.
Lighting Requirements for New Construction
Section 83-469(d) of the Zoning Ordinance requires all lighting for new construction use fully shielded lighting fixtures. While commercial projects will generally include a lighting plan for review, single-family homes typically have no such plan, thus it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure installed fixtures meet the requirements of the ordinance. Fixtures will be inspected prior to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy. The Exterior Lighting Brochure provides additional information as well as some examples of light fixtures that do and do not comply.