Before You Start to Build

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  • Check Zoning for the type of use, size of building allowed, setback regulations, etc.
  • Obtain a septic tank construction permit and/or well permit if needed, or be sure public utilities are available. If on septic and/or well, a copy of the permit must be provided.
  • Draw a sketch plan showing all property lines, roads, structures, easements, and the distance the structure will be from the road and each property line. A survey may be required upon review of sketch.
  • Obtain a highway entrance permit for new dwelling units. A copy of this permit must be provided when the building permit is applied for.
  • Two sets of plans must be submitted at time of application.
  • Check with your lending institution or attorney to see if a Mechanics Lien Agent needs to be designated.
  • A Responsible Land Disturber with proper certification is required for new dwelling units unless the owner is acting as general contractor. A landowner may only sign as the responsible party on one agreement per year.
  • After all approvals have been received, the building permit and an approved set of plans will be mailed to you, and you may begin to build.
  • A contractor may be liable for a business license in Augusta County, so please check with the Commissioner of Revenue regarding this requirement.

Note: If the owner is not doing his own building, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical, the licensed person doing the work must assume responsibility for the work in writing in the form of written contract or signed application.

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