Building Inspection

Building Inspection Codes

The Building Inspection Department enforces the adopted building codes regarding the construction of buildings and structures within the City of Richmond. The City of Richmond is part of the International Code Council: ICC which promotes dedication to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures for citizens. For more information on the current building codes, please visit

Permitting Process and Online Submittals

The City of Richmond is pleased to offer a Citizen Portal for our citizens, businesses, and visitors to access government services online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To help you understand what is required for commercial submittals, please see our Commercial Plan Review Packet.

The City of Richmond utilizes this program for the permitting process, including plan review and all residential and commercial permits. This streamlines the process in an open and accessible manner.

Forms and Applications

Online Submittal Portal

Please utilize the above online portal for all applications. However, if you require a paper application or form, please use the links below. You will also find informational brochures for your use.


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