Effective Monday, june 7, 2021 our office will be open to the public: Monday - Friday (8:00Am - 5:00pm)
However: only ONE PERSON at a time will be allowed in our lobby until further notice. If someone is currently in the lobby, please patiently wait outside until the lobby is empty before you enter. You may also call (540) 375-3036 to let us know you are waiting.
We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate inspections, permit issuance (mail in check, pay by credit card over the telephone), and any other service you have come to expect from our office.
We will only be accepting plans and applications in PDF format. All pdf plans and applications need to be legible for acceptance. Illegible PDFs and other electronic formats (such as jpg, tiff, etc...) will be not be accepted.
Please submit electronic copies via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAYMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED OVER THE PHONE: (540) 375-3036 OR (540) 375-3032
The application forms are fillable pdfs. Download the form to your computer, fill it out, save it, then submit via the email link above.
Our mission is to protect the life, safety and welfare of our citizens, visitors and businesses by contributing to the preservation of our historic resources and present and future economic viability of the City of Salem.
To do this, we work to fairly and efficiently enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by regulating the safety, design, use or occupancy of all buildings and structures within the City of Salem.
2018 and 2015 BUILDING Codes:
The State of Virginia adopted the 2018 building and related codes on July 1, 2021. For one year past that date, it is the option of the applicant(s) to use either the 2018 or the 2015 building codes. The City of Salem will enforce only the 2018 building and related codes after July 1, 2022. Any plans and supporting documentation submitted after that date must show compliance with the 2018 codes.
The 2018 virginia building and related codes can be reached by clicking here:
The 2015 virginia building and related codes can be reached by clicking here:
These codes may be viewed and purchased at the website.
NOTE: contractors must have a valid business license in order to obtain a permit. please visit the city of salem commissioner of the revenue site for business license requirements or call (540) 375-3019.