Building & Zoning Department

The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for issuing permits and conducting inspections for new construction, modifications and other building related activities within Smyth County. The department reviews plans prior to construction and inspects projects at certain phases of the construction process to ensure compliance with local and state standards, and enforces the building, electrical and plumbing codes of Smyth County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The department is also responsible for the administration of Smyth County's subdivision and zoning ordinances. The department provides assistance to the public on zoning and subdivision issues as well as to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Supervisors. This department is also responsible for investigating violations of the ordinances of Smyth County.

Information

In order to purchase a building permit, you will need to provide our office with the following:

•Building Plans: Check with the building inspector to see if the state code requires your project to have a set of plans designed by an architect or engineer. If plans are required, we will need two weeks to review the plans; or if you prefer, you may send your plans to an approved certified plan reviewer. 

•Erosion Control Plans: If your project will disturb 10,000 square feet of ground or more, you will need to file an erosion control site plan and narrative. (A single-family dwelling is an exception to this requirement.) We will give you a packet of information to help you file an erosion control plan. 

•Sewage Disposal Permit: If you do not have a connection to a public sewer line, you will need to apply for a septic tank permit from the Smyth County Health Department. Contact our office and we will explain this process to you. 

•Zoning Permit: We will need a copy of your zoning permit. 

•Highway Entrance Permit: If your project site is in the county, you may need to obtain a highway entrance permit from the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

•Flood Elevation Certificate: If your project is located in the floodplain, you may need to employ a surveyor to issue an elevation certificate showing that your floor will be one foot above flood elevation.  The Zoning Department administers the flood ordinance. 

•Asbestos Report: The state requires an asbestos report on some projects before a building permit is issued. The building inspector will advise you if your project requires an asbestos report. 

•House Plans Form:  Plans are required on residential buildings but do not have to be designed by an architect. 

Smyth County Building Inspection will explain these state requirements to you. Just ask! We are here to help you.

Inspections

It is our goal to respond to requests for inspections within two business days. Therefore, you will need to call our office at least two days prior to the date that you would like to schedule your inspection. It is helpful if you provide us with your building permit
number as well as the name of the project owner. We realize that your project is important and the timing is critical, so we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Enforcements

The Building Inspection Office enforces...
Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and all codes referenced within: 
2012 Virginia Construction Code 
•2012 Virginia Mechanical Code 
•2011 National Electrical Code 
•2012 Virginia Plumbing Code 
•2012 Virginia Residential Code 
•2009 ICC/ANSI A117.1 (2009 edition) 
•2012 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code 
•2012 Virginia Energy Conservation Code
•2012 Virginia Fuel Gas Code
•2012 Virginia Rehabilitation Code
•2006 Virginia Amusement Device Regulations 
•Tank Removal and Installation 
•Water & Sewer Line Installation


boards

Board of Zoning Appeals
Local Board of Building Code Appeals
Planning Commission

fees, Forms & ordinances

Fees & Payments
Forms
Ordinances

resources

Electrical Service Connection Example
Manufactured Home Installation Instructions
(These instructions can be used for used homes when the original owner's installation guide is not available)
Virginia Department of Transportation 
Department of Conservation and Recreation 
Department of Environmental Quality 
Virginia USGS 
General Assembly
Building and Code Officials' Association
Virginia Association of Zoning Officials
FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping
Federal Highway Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Municipal Code Corporation
Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful
Upper Tennessee River Roundtable


 

Staff

Clegg Williams, Administrator
Ph:  (276)783-3298 ext. 8315
Fax:  (276) 783-9314
Email:  zoning@smythcounty.org
Bud Owens, Building Official
Ph:  (276)783-3298 ext. 8319
Fax:  (276) 783-9314

Sarah Parris, Administrative Assistant
Ph:  (276)783-3298 ext. 8316
Fax:  (276) 783-9314
Email:  sparris@smythcounty.org    
 

We are located on the first floor of the Smyth County Office Building at 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 120,  Marion, VA .mapGoogle Map
Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.