Building Inspection

The Building Inspection Division 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

Online Submission Portal

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. However, if you require a paper application or form, please click here; you will also find informational brochures for your use.

Please use the button below to submit applications online:

Online Submission Portal

Mission Statement

The Building Inspection Division’s mission is to enforce the adopted building codes regarding the construction and maintenance of buildings and structures in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Richmond. To this end, this department strives for excellence in educating its employees to provide quality inspections and customer service.

Statement Of Philosophy

The purpose of the Building Inspection Division is to preserve the viability and stability of the business and residential districts and to prevent deterioration and blighting influences within the community.

This directive greatly benefits both the business owners and the residents of the City of Richmond by ensuring that structures meet the minimum acceptable standards, and that businesses can operate in a profitable manner. By requiring clean, safe and structurally sound buildings and by promoting code compliant businesses, the Richmond business district will prove an attractive destination for visitors and residents alike.

It is to the benefit of all to accommodate the requests of the Building Inspection Division and to support their efforts to ensure and protect your property investment.