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If you are installing a manufactured dwelling or constructing a modular or stick built dwelling, you must complete the following applications. These applications should be submitted to the Department of Community Development with a floor plan of the dwelling.
Note: Manufactured dwellings (single wide and double wide homes) do not require floor plans.
Swimming pools with a depth of 2 or more feet of water, require a Pool Permit Application (PDF) and a Zoning Permit Application.
Any work consisting of only one trade, such as electric, plumbing or mechanical, requires an Electric, Plumbing, and Mechanical Permit Application (PDF); however, you are only charged for the trade work that is being done.
The Code of Virginia allows any person who performs or supervises the construction, removal, repair or improvement of no more than one primary residence owned by him and for his own use during any 24-month period.
It also allows any person who performs or supervises the construction, removal, repair or improvement of a house upon his own real property as a bona fide gift to a member of his immediate family provided such member lives in the house. For purposes of this section, "immediate family" includes one's mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, grandparent, mother-in-law and father-in-law.
All building contractors should be licensed by Virginia's Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).
What this means to you is...You can list yourself as any or all contractors OR you may hire a licensed contractor and provide our department with a name, address, phone number and license number for the contractor you have chosen. One of the reviews of the construction application process is to verify the licensing of contractors listed, however, you may check the licensing of a contractor by visiting the DPOR license Look Up website.
Please refer to the Fee Schedule, Division of Inspections, for the full list of fees associated with this department.
A Permit will become null and void if construction work is not started within six months of date the permit is issued or if construction is abandoned for any six month period. At this time the permit will be moved to the closed status in the inspections office and will be held for a period of three years. During the three year period the permit may be reopened by paying the fee of $50 + levy fee.
If a permit is reopened, all work to be performed must be done under the code edition in effect at the time of re-issuance.
After three years all documentation will be destroyed and before work may continue a new permit must be obtained and all necessary fees must be paid.
When erecting a farm use structure, construction and zoning applications are required, however fees are not collected and inspections will not be performed, as they are exempt.
Electric service is also exempt from fees and inspections, unless, you are running the service from another structure. In this case, an electrical permit will be required, fees will be charged and an inspection will be performed.
When you apply for a construction project for a dwelling, the 911 address process begins automatically! Appomattox County does not issue a 911 address until your construction project is at the electric service stage. When the electric service inspection is called in, the Inspections Division will contact the 911 Coordinator to visit your site. Once an address is assigned, the Division of Inspections will send out a postcard as notification that a 911 address has been issued.
There are three power companies that provide service to Appomattox County. The best way to determine which one serves your property is to look at the pole closest to your property. The name of the power company providing service to your area should be identified.
In the following you will find the contact information given by each of the companies on how to contact them.
Inspection requests are taken until 10 am the same day you need the inspection. Just call the office and let the assistant know the permit number and type of inspection you need. Any requests called in after 10 am will be scheduled for the following day.
Voice mail is also available for your convenience should you need to contact the office outside of normal office hours. Be sure to leave your name and number along with the permit number and type of inspection.
Manufactured / on Frame Modular
Note: Additional inspections may be required depending on your construction project.
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The zoning classification of your property determines whether a home occupation is a permitted use. Please contact our office via emailing the Inspections Division or by calling 434-352-8183 to inquire on the zoning of your property. A tax map number or an address will be required in order for us to look up this information for you.
The County does not require a business license. We do however require a Home Occupation Application to be completed and submitted for review.
This application will help us to determine whether the occupation desired is permitted for the zoning district of your property.
If the property in question is located within the Town limits, of either Pamplin or Appomattox, you must contact that office to inquire on requirements.
You may also want to contact the Clerk of Circuit Court's office to inquire on any regulations they may have on registering your business name.
Another thing to consider is if your business is providing a service to another person or company, a contractor's license may be required. In which you would contact the Department of Occupational Regulation (DPOR)
Appomattox County consists of several different zoning districts. Each district has different qualifications on dividing land.
Please contact our office via emailing Zoning Division or by calling 434-352-8183 to inquire on the zoning of your property. A tax map number or an address will be required in order for us to look up this information for you.
Any time you take one parcel of land and make it into more than one, you are considered to be dividing land. When dividing land, a licensed land surveyor must be contacted in order to create a plat of the new boundary lines.
Appomattox County consists of several different zoning districts. Each district has different qualifications on dividing land and setbacks from property lines and other structures.
Please contact our office via email or by calling 434-352-8183 to inquire on the zoning of your property. A tax map number or an address will be required in order for us to look up this information for you.
The minimum distance by which any building or structure must be separated from a street right of way or lot line.
This question is addressed by §19.6-18 of the County Code.
Each parcel of land is governed by a set of regulations. There are state regulations regarding the use of land, as well as each piece having a comprehensive plan land use designation in addition to it having a zoning district classification.
Before purchasing a piece of property, we recommend visiting the Department of Community Development with your intentions for the property.
We will help you determine the permitted uses and will assist you should you be in need of a conditional use permit.
A resurvey consists of a licensed land surveyor performing a study of your land and preparing a plat showing the boundary lines of the property. You should be provided a minimum of six plats signed by the surveyor.
These plats, along with a Plat Application, must be submitted to the Department of Community Development for review. Upon the approval of the plat, they must be taken by you, or your agent, to the Clerk of Circuit Court's Office to be recorded. This step is what makes the plat and official document of record.
This question is addressed by §19.6-18 of the County Code.
Yes, as long as you are within setback guidelines, which are different for each zoning district. Please call our office or review the Zoning Code for setback requirements in your district.