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MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153

Building Inspections

MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153



Building Inspections

PHONE: (540) 375-3036
FAX: (540) 375-4042

Inspection Requests

PHONE: (540) 375-3037


8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday

Building Official

Chris Williams:
Combination Inspector

Combination Inspector

Code Enforcement Officer



To help reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus, the Community Development Building Inspections Office will not be providing in-person services until further notice.

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:

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. 

2012 and 2015 BUILDING Codes:

The State of Virginia adopted the 2015 building and related codes on September 4, 2018.  For one year past that date, it is the option of the applicant(s) to use either the 2012 or the 2015 building codes.  The City of Salem will enforce only the 2015 building and related codes after September 4, 2019.  Any plans and supporting documentation submitted after that date must show compliance with the 2015 codes.   

2015 commonwealth of virginia codes
2015 virginia construction code
2015 virginia residential code
2015 virginia existing building code (formerly the virginia rehabilitation code)
2015 virginia plumbing code
2015 virginia mechanical code
2015 virginia energy conservation code
2014 national electrical code
2015 virginia fuel gas code

2012 commonwealth of virginia codes
2012 virginia construction code
2012 virginia residential code
2012 virginia rehabilitation code
2012 virginia plumbing code
2012 virginia mechanical code
2012 virginia energy conservation code
2011 national electrical code
2012 virginia fuel gas code

these codes may be viewed and purchased at the international code council 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.