Plan Review - Building Plan Minimum Submission Requirements

When applying for a permit, you must submit two copies of plans for the review process. Plans must clearly illustrate the nature of all of the work to be performed.

  1. Completed Application for Services
  2. One full size and one half size for commercial. Two sets of plans Residential. Optional pdf set of plans for residential and commercial submittals.
  3. Code year used for the design.
  4. Name, address, contact information and occupation of the building designer (if not sealed)
  5. Project name, address of the building.
  6. Sealed Truss plans, LVL, TJIs (if applicable)

Commercial Construction


  1. Completed Application for Services - Commercial (PDF)
  2. For structural work, a completed Hampton Roads Statement of Special Inspections.
  3. Signed and sealed energy documents (building envelope, mechanical, interior and exterior lighting) by 2012 Comcheck or 2010 ASHRAE 90.1 (forms are under Interactive 90 1, 2010 Compliance Forms)
  4. MEPs are not to be a deferred submittal and shall be submitted with building plan review.
  5. Phased work shall be communicated at the start of the project.
  6. If the addition or modification increases the occupant load, a summary shall be provided indicating the complete occupant load for the entire building shall be provided and a new Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.
  7. The plans are required to be sealed in accordance with 54.1-402 of the Code of Virginia (attached).

Residential Construction


  1. Completed Application for Services - Residential (PDF)
  2. For a new single family dwelling, a completed Hampton Roads Plan Review Checklist
  3. For a new single family dwelling Model home, a completed SFD Model Request form
  4. Wall bracing method and worksheet. Must comply with 2012 VRC R602.10.
  5. Plans showing Wall section(s), Elevations, Roof plans, footing and foundation (girders, joists, spans), floor plan showing use of rooms, label egress windows, location of smoke detectors at a minimum.