Building Department

Richard T. Jones, C.B.O.
Building Official

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Richard Jones serves as the Amelia County Building Official and is responsible for enforcing state and local building codes on construction projects within the County.

Like Building Officials accross the Commonwealth, the Amelia County Building Inspector's Office is responsible for enforcement of the 2009 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). The VUSBC references the following model building codes:

  • Residential Construction: 2009 edition of the International Residential Code
  • Commercial Construction: 2009 edition of the International Building Code
  • Plumbing: 2009 edition of the International Plumbing
  • Mechanical: 2009 edition of the International Mechanical Code
  • Electrical: 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)

Building Design Criteria:

Ground Snow Load                           20

Wind speed (mph)                             90

Seismic Design Category                    B

Weathering                                        Moderate

Frost Line Depth                                18”

Termite                                              Mod-Hvy

Winter Design Temp.                         17 F.

Ice Barrier Underlay Req’d.               Yes

Flood Hazards                                   2-18-09 County Ordinance

Air Freezing Index                              218

Mean Annual Temp                            57 F.


Requirements for Making Application for Building Permit

All Permits:

  • A completed Building Permit Application.
  • Contractors must furnish a copy of their valid Virginia Contractors License.
  • Applicants not required by law to be licensed as contractors must submit a written statement, supported by an affidavit, that he/she is not subject to licensure as a contractor, subcontractor or owner-developer. This statement may be obtained from the Building Inspector's Office or by clicking on the link provided in the download section of this page. If the building will use a private sewage disposal system and/or a private water source, a completed Commonwealth of VA Application for Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply Permit shall be submitted with the Building Permit application. If the Sewage disposal and/or Water Supply permit has already been filed with the Health Department, simply fill in the Health Permit number on the Building Permit Application.
  • Deed (If property owned less than two (2) years.

Residential (In addition to the requirements for all permits):

  • Two sets of plans and specifications must accompany every building permit application.
  • One plot plan showing the location of the proposed structure on the lot with all setbacks dimensioned.
  • Signature on shrink/swell form.
  • Signature on erosion and sediment control form.

MOBILE HOMES (In addition to the requirements for all permits):

  • Year of mobile home (must be 1976 or newer) proof required

Requesting an Inspection
To request an inspection, call 804-561-3039 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

When requesting an inspection you must provide the following:

  • Permit number
  • Owner's last name, contractor's name
  • Type of inspection to be performed

pdf Affidavit of Exemption for Agricultural Structures17.62 KB
pdf Application for Amusement Rides and Devices28.18 KB
pdf Application for Building Permit - Electronic 147.29 KB
pdf Application for Trade Permit153.81 KB
pdf Appllication for Certificate of Occupancy16.51 KB
pdf Authorization by Owner to Use Property69.73 KB
pdf Building Permit Fees23.25 KiB
pdf Contractor Affidavit for Self Contractor42.78 KiB
pdf Erosion and Sediment Control33.55 KiB
pdf Manufactured Home Certification of Installation128.36 KB
pdf Procedures for Obtaining a Building Permit106.71 KB
pdf Required Inspections 19.41 KB
pdf Required Inspections - Manufactured Housing100.66 KB
pdf Shrink Swell Policy57.22 KB
pdf Shrink-Swell Map1.65 MiB
pdf Swimming Pool18.42 KiB
pdf Veneer Inspection Form20.8 KiB
pdf Water Test Laboratories34.98 KB
Department Information
Department Contact

Physical Address:
Amelia Building Department
16360 Dunn Street, Suite 101
Amelia, VA 23002

Mailing Address:
Amelia Building Department
P.O. Box A
Amelia, VA 23002

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Phone: (804) 561-3039
Fax: (804) 561-6039