The County has prepared a guide to Getting a Residential Building Permit in Fauquier County to assist applicant’s building a new home. Refer to this document for a more detailed overview of the process.
To apply for a Residential Permit for a New Dwelling you will need:
1. The following forms:
a. Building/Zoning permit application
b. Land Disturbing permit application
c. Contractor Identification Form (all contractors must have a valid Fauquier County Business License)
d. Shrink/Swell Soils Form
e. Only include this form for Manufactured Homes/Industrialized Building Form
2. 2 sets of building plans.
3. 2 copies of a plat showing the house drawn to scale, the distances from the house to all property lines, driveway, and all areas being disturbed for clearing, a drainfield, etc.
4. If the property has recently transferred ownership and the new owner is not reflected yet in Real Estate records, a copy of the deed is required.
5. Approved construction permits for well and septic from the Health Department, or, if on public water/sewer, an approval letter from the public utility. Applications will be accepted if you have at least submitted to the Health Department - must provide copy of Health Department application & plat.
6. VDOT approval or permit issued to construct an entrance.
7. Fees: Vary significantly depending on size and features of the house. Minimum fees are collected at time of application submittal. See Fee Schedule for all fees and the amount of Minimum Fees due with application. Fees are payable by exact cash, credit card or check – starter checks will NOT be accepted. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard & Discover and will only be accepted in person. A convenience fee of 2.5% will be added to all credit card transactions.
Review and Approval Process
Once all materials are submitted, the application is reviewed by Zoning staff, E&S staff and the Building Plans Reviewer. See Plan Review for more detail about the Building Plans Review process.
The review process generally takes 2-3 weeks if plans are complete at time of first submission. If not, additional time is required for resubmission and review.
Once all reviews are complete Permitting staff will contact the applicant to let them know the permit is ready to issue.
When returning to pick up the permit you will need to pay the remaining fees. The balance due will be provided by Permitting staff when they call.
During the construction process periodic inspections are required. See Inspections for more details.
Before the house can be occupied, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required. The CO cannot be issued until the following are completed/provided:
- All building inspections passed. Final Erosion & Sediment inspection approved.
- Operational permit from Health Department, or, if on public sewer and/or water, an Occupancy release from the public utility.
- It may take up to 48 hours to process your CO.