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Building Inspection


Leland Leeds
Building Official

Mackenzie Tate
Permit Technician

1 Courthouse Circle
PO Box 110
Cumberland, VA 23040
(804) 492-9114   ·   fax (804) 492-9224

Monday - Friday  8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Applications are not processed after 4 pm.


The Building Office is responsible for ensuring public safety and welfare associated with the design, construction and utilization of residential and commercial buildings. All contractors and homeowners must obtain a building permit when constructing, remodeling, adding or demolishing any building in Cumberland County.

When applying for a permit to build a structure you will need to submit an application with (2) two full sets of plans.  You will receive (1) one set back upon the building permit being issued. If there are other structures already on the property you will need to know how far those are going to be from the new structure. Also, you will need to know what the setbacks are from the structure to all property lines for zoning approval. Please be aware that the cut off time for processing and accepting applications is 4 pm daily.

Contractor Lookup 

Unlicensed Contracting is illegal. Please use this website to find and/or verify the contractor you intend to use has a license and the specialty needed to do the work you are requesting.  You can also call DPOR at 804-367-8511 for further information.

Current Code References

  • Residential Construction: 2012 edition of the International Residential Code
  • Commercial Construction: 2012 edition of the International Building Code
  • Plumbing: 2012 edition of the International Plumbing
  • Mechanical: 2012 edition of the International Mechanical Code
  • Electrical: 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)

Building Design Criteria

Ground Snow Load


Wind speed (mph)


Seismic Design Category


Weathering Moderate Frost Line Depth




Winter Design Temp.

37.9 F.

Ice Barrier Underlay Req’d.


Flood Hazards



All decks regardless of size are required to have a permit and inspections. Please have 2 copies of detailed drawings of your proposed deck(s), fill out this form or it will be inspected under the prescriptive residential wood construction guide. You will need to know what the setbacks are from the deck to all other structures and all property lines for zoning approval.


All structures that exceed 256 square feet of building space will need to be on a permanent foundation. This includes buildings such as sheds and carports. The only time you would not obtain a building permit would be if you are building a residential accessory structure that is less than 256 square feet. 


Inspections are to be completed for each step of the building process.  The following are general items that will require inspections:

  • Footing (prior to the placing of concrete)
  • Foundation
  • Rough In: Elect/Plumbing/HVAC/Gas/Framing
  • Block Anchor Strapping
  • Marriage Line
  • Insulation
  • Final Electrical/Plumbing/HVAC/Frame
  • Certificate for Electrical
  • Chimney
  • Final

When calling for an inspection please give our office as much notice as possible.  We cannot guarantee an inspection the same day you call into our office.


All demolition work will require a permit and an inspection.  When removing structures such as homes, singlewides, doublewides, or modulars, it is required that a letter from your power company stating that the lines have been rolled back to their electric pole be provided to our office prior to the permit being issued. This is important for your safety and those completing such work.

Agricultural Structures

Agricultural buildings also require a permit.  You are able to add electrical, plumbing and mechanical to these structures. These permits do not have fees associated with them at this time.  Our office will not perform inspections on these structures.  We do encourage you to use state licensed contractors to erect your buildings. You will also be required to complete the zoning application and meet all current zoning setbacks.

Forms & Links

All applications must be completely filled out prior to submitting them for a permit. If you are not sure what information goes in particular fields please contact our office for help. Applications that are not completely and correctly filled out will not be processed.

Please feel free to complete, save, and email your completed application to our office along with your receipt for your online payment.


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1 Courthouse Circle
P.O. Box 110
Cumberland, VA 23040

(P) 804-492-3800
(F) 804-492-9224