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Obtaining a New Residential Building Permit

To apply for a New Residential Permit you will need: 

  1. Residential New building permit application completed and signed by Contractor (with original signatures of sub-contractors and tradesmen) or Owner (with Notarized Affidavit of Owner)
  2. Paper copy of building plans and supporting documents as listed on the Residential Single Family Dwelling Check List for Structural Plan Review. Please note that Soils Reports and Load Calculations (Manual J) must be submitted on Stafford County forms. 
  3. Electronic copy of building plans and supporting documents as listed on the Residential Single Family Dwelling Check List for Structural Plan Review.
  4. Five Grading Plans prepared by a licensed land surveyor or engineer. Grading plans on paper larger than 11 x 17 must also include an electronic copy (on CD in PDF format.)
  5. Constructions permits for well and septic from the Health Department, or, have previously applied for water and/or sewer service from the Department of Utilities.
  6. Administrative and review fees are due at application submittal, please see the current fee schedule for exact amounts.
  7. Transportation Impact Fees See policy or call (540) 658-4900 with questions.

After the application is submitted you may check the progress of your permit by calling (540) 658-4151 or on the web at http://hello.stafford.va.us. You must have your A/P number to access this information.

The Department of Public Works will contact the applicant when the permit is ready to be issued.


When returning to pick up the permit you will need:

  1. The assigned A/P number and the street address.
  2. A check in the amount of the remaining fees due.
  3. Performance Agreement filled out, signed by an authorized party and notarized, along with certified funds to pay the Erosion Bond, please see the current fee schedule for exact amounts.  Security Processing fees will be included with the building permit fees.

For a Certificate of Occupancy you will need:

  1. All building inspections passed.
  2. Operational permit from Health Department, or Water and Sewer tap fees paid to the Department of Utilities.
  3. It may take up to 48 hours to process your OP.


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