Building Safety

York County offices will be closed to the general public until further notice.

To help control the spread of COVID-19, the Building Safety office, along with other county offices, is currently closed to the public until further notice; however, staff will be at work. Please call our main office at 757-890-3522 for more information.

The following procedures are being implemented for permit submittals, construction plan review, and permit issuance:

  • Permit application may be done through placing application in the designated drop box in the front vestibule of our building between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by email or by fax to 757-890-3549
  • Fees are paid by mailed check or check placed in the drop box
  • Completed permits are placed in a pickup box in the vestibule or mailed to the applicant
  • Residential and commercial plan review are being done with results shared by email and completed plans placed in a pickup box in the vestibule

The following procedures are being implemented for field inspections:

  • All inspections are still available through the Building Safety Office. Refer to the COVID-19 Inspection Policy for more information
  • Inspectors shall contact contractor on commercial buildings and verify that all workers have left the building prior to entering
  • We also ask that our inspectors be allowed to perform their inspections while maintaining a 6-foot distance from other personnel onsite
  • Third party inspections may be requested if we are unable to perform an inspection within 48 hours.  Third party inspectors must be pre-approved by our office.  Please contact Assistant Building Official, Jay Carter at 757-890-3566 or for more information

Please note that these procedures are subject to change.  Please contact our office through phone or email if you have any questions.


The Division of Building Safety is responsible for monitoring all types of building construction in the county to ensure that it meets minimum code requirements and the expectations of occupants for structural integrity, workmanship and safety.


The Division of Building Safety objectives are:

  • To conduct inspections on all buildings under construction and buildings hazardous to the public within the jurisdiction.
  • To coordinate and consult with Public Safety Officials, Health Department and State Building Code Officials.
  • To coordinate with Virginia Power and Virginia Natural Gas on all power and gas installations.
  • To enforce the County building regulations and related codes.
  • To prepare monthly and yearly reports on all building activities.
  • To provide assistance to other departments, agencies and commissions.
  • To provide comments and code requirements to builders, developers and citizens of the County.
  • To provide expert testimony for litigation.
  • To provide guidance and administrative support to the Building Code Appeals Board.
  • To receive and review residential and commercial building plans for structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical requirements.
  • To receive fees and process receipts from permit activities.

Other initiatives include training of sub-contractors who are not members of the Peninsula Home Builders Association and to meet with the Builders Association on a quarterly basis.