Do I have to hire a contractor?
If you meet the requirements for an exemption as outlined in The Code of Virginia TITLE 54.1-1101, you do not have to hire a licensed contractor. In most cases a homeowner would not have to hire a contractor. The permit holder is responsible for the work performed under that permit, and should have a clear understanding of code requirements and specifications and should come prepared to answer questions to clarify aspects of the project. An Affidavit of Owner will need to be filled out and notarized if you are the owner and will be applying for a permit.Affidavit of Owner

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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?