Why does my permit need a plan review?

Construction plans are a critical aspect of the construction process. The complete construction drawings serve many capacities including but not limited to: •Outlining materials and methods of construction •Clarifying the scope of work for the understanding of all parties involved (contractor, owner/occupant, inspector, etc.) •Serve as an archived record of the proposed work (as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia) •Serve as a means of confirmation of structural adequacy by the plan reviewer correcting a deficiency after installation is often difficult and costly; a detailed set of plans greatly reduces the potential for this to occur. A good set of construction plans benefits everyone involved in the construction process.

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1. Do I need a building permit?
2. The neighbor started building something on his house without a permit; shouldn't they have one?
3. What happens if I build the structure without a building permit?
4. Why does my permit need a plan review?
5. When will my permit be ready?
6. Is there any way to expedite my plan review?
7. Can I submit my application before I have all the necessary information/attachments?
8. How long is my permit valid?
9. I haven’t completed any inspections on the permit that was issued to me for work to be done at my home. It has been more than six months; do I need to re-apply for a new permit?
10. Do I have to hire a contractor?
11. What building code does Stafford County use for residential projects?
12. How do I schedule an Inspection?
13. Why can’t I schedule my inspection for today?
14. Why can’t I get an exact time my inspector will be at my house for an inspection?
15. What’s my next inspection?
16. Do I need to pay the re-inspection fee before I can schedule another inspection?
17. My inspection report says “not ready”. What does that mean and why didn’t I get a full inspection?
18. The inspector did not show up to do my deck inspection. What happens now?