Building Inspections




The Inspections Department handles all the county’s building code and building permit issues. State law requires a building permit for most residential and commercial construction projects. It is our goal to work with our customers to ensure them an enjoyable experience and to ensure the end result, of the project will meet all codes required.  We look forward to working with you on your project!!

Always have your permit number ready when you are calling to schedule and inspection.  Please call at a minimum 24-48 hours in advance but no more than 5 days in advance.  434-985-5204. 

For the safety of staff, the Greene County Administration Building has access to the lobby only.  Drop boxes are provided to allow customers to make paper submittals to our departments and to retrieve written responses without waiting for the mail. 

There is a phone on the wall in the lobby and a list of extensions. You may call and receive personal service from our staff in the lobby.  We are happy to come out and give you individual assistance.  You may also call our office to set up an appointment to meet with our staff.  You can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions and submittals.  

There are copies of the forms provided in the lobby area and online for your convenience.  You may also mail submissions and payments.  We are encouraging our citizens to contact staff, via email or phone, to discuss the most efficient to provide a submittal.  You may set up an appointment time to come in if you have detailed questions or concerns.   You can pay for submittals by check, cash or credit card.  See the PayGov link on our web page for credit card payments.  


PAY ONLINE:  For your convenience, online payment is available by utilizing the link below.  Please note online payments are forwarded to our office the following business day from the credit card company. 

Please do not pay online until you have emailed your application to us.

This link is ONLY for payment of permits to the Building Inspections and Planning/Zoning Department/E&S Stormwater. 

Do NOT pay utility bills, taxes, or businesses license with this link. 

A convenience fee is charged automatically when you pay by card at a 3% rate with a $1 minimum. This fee is calculated automatically on the site once the amount to pay is entered. So the customer knows the fee before agreeing to the payment. 

Please note, it may take up to two weeks to process some building permits. Single Family and Commercial Permits could take 2-4 weeks to process.  

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions or concerns.

We will always continue to provide excellent customer service to our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I request an inspection?

    To request an inspection, please call our office at 434-985-5204 at least 24 hours in advance and speak with a Permit Technician. Please always have your building permit number ready upon calling.

  • What are the permit fees?

    See the Fee Schedule. We suggest you always call our office for final pricing before you write a check.

  • When is a permit needed?

    As stated in the USBC, applications for a permit shall be made to the building official and a permit shall be obtained prior to the commencement of any of the following activities, except that applications for emergency construction, alterations or equipment replacement shall be submitted by the end of the first working day that follows the day such work commences. In addition, the building official may authorize work to commence pending the receipt of an application or the issuance of a permit.

    Construction or demolition of a building or structure, including the installation or altering of any equipment regulated by the USBC.

    Decks, sheds, garages, carports, oversized tents, new gas installation, new gas appliances, finishing a basement, new chimney, generators, new gas logs/stove, demolition of a structure, enclosing a porch or deck, and/or remodeling a structure require a building and zoning permit.

    Residential accessory storage structures 256 square feet or less are exempt from building and zoning permits.

  • How do I make a complaint on a contractor with the Virginia DPOR?

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Contact the Building Inspection Department


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 358
Stanardsville, VA 22973


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By Phone

Fax: 434-985-1459

County of Greene

Greene County VirginiaGreene County is a county in central Virginia in the eastern United States. Greene County was established in 1838. Its county seat is Stanardsville.

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