Can I do the work myself?

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).

  • A valid Class A license is required of any contractor who undertakes a project that has a total value of $120,000 or more.
  • A valid Class B license is required of any contractor who undertakes a project that has a total value greater than $10,000 and less than $120,000. 
  • A valid Class C license is required of any contractor who undertakes a project that has a total value between $1,000 and $10,000.

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.

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1. What applications are required?
2. What works requires a permit?
3. When do I not need a permit?
4. Can I do the work myself?
5. How much will my permit cost?
6. Will my permit expire?
7. What does farm use mean?
8. How do I get an address for my property?
9. Who is my power company?
10. How do I get an inspection?
11. What kind of inspections are required?