Building Inspections

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).
Front door of the Building Inspection Office

Scheduling Inspections

Powhatan County Building Inspections Office currently schedules inspections by telephone or in person.
  • Inspections requested by 3 p.m. will be performed the following day.
  • Inspections scheduled by 3 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.

Payment Methods

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.