All commercial exterior construction, including re-roofing, is required to obtain a building permit from the Town of Herndon.
BI Commercial Exterior
What is required to apply for a permit?
To apply for a building permit you will need to submit a completed building permit application, owners affidavit (or a copy of the contractors current Virginia State contractors license), and three sets of complete drawings.
How is the permit fee calculated?
The minimum permit fee for interior alterations is $483.00. Additional charges are calculated by multiplying the estimated construction cost by 3.22%. All permits are also charged a 2% levy fee required by the State. Fee's are collected once the permit has been approved. For more information please see the fee schedules below.
If you are repairing, replacing, or installing electrical, mechanical, or plumbing fixtures please visit our Trade Permit Page for additional information.
How do I get submittals to the inspector?
If you have submittals (that are not revisions) for the plan reviewer once the permit has been issued, please use the submittal form and attach to the documents you are submitting.
How do I submit a revision to my approved plans?
Plan revisions are charged $40.00 per sheet not to exceed $300.00. To submit a permit revision three copies of the revised plan must be submitted with a completed Revision Form. Revisions can take 5-10 business days.
How long does plan review take?
Commercial exterior construction permits take 5 to 10 business days for approval. This does not include time for review required by other jurisdictions, town departments, revisions or information the inspector requests to complete his approval. Staff notifies the submitter as soon as the permit has been approved and is ready for pick up.
What is the first step to applying for a building permit?
Approval from the Department of Community Development must be obtained prior to applying for a building permit.
BI Inspection Information
Inspections must be scheduled the business day before you would like the inspector to visit and between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm. Inspections are done during two time blocks: AM= 8:00am-12:00pm and PM= 1:00pm - 4:00pm. The following information is required to schedule an inspections:
Type of Inspection
Contact telephone number
General Inspection Rules and Requirements:
Inspection requests can only be scheduled by the permit holder
Written permission must be on file with our office to allow general contractors to schedule inspections for their subs
Inspection cancelations must be received no later that 9:00am
A reinspection fee of $72 will be due if the schedule inspection does not meet code requirements or for failure to properly cancel your inspection
Approved plans shall remain on site at all times
The inspector will only visit a job site once a day
A certificate of occupancy will be issued for commercial work, or a new residential dwelling once the building final has been approved.
After hours inspection can be requested. Inspection requests must be submitted in writing at least three days before the inspection. Requires must include date and time of inspection, location, contact information,onsite representative, and duration of inspection. Please contact our office the day prior to the inspection to confirm time and to obtain the inspectors contract information. After hours inspections are scheduled at a rate of $100 per hour with a four hour minimum.