Permits & Inspections

​​​​​​The mission of the Permits and Inspections Division is to administer the Uniform Statewide Building Code and associated laws and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Virginia Beach in a courteous, responsive, and professional manner in order to contribute to the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

​​​​​​​​​ ​Important Information R​egarding Accela Citizen Access​​​

The City of Virginia Beach Land Management Citizen Access works best with any of the industry leading browsers.  For best user experience, it is recommended you use one of our supported browsers and versions:

  • ​Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox 47
  • Safari 10
  • Google Chrome 55
  • Opera 29

 You may find that your current version may also work, however, it may not support all functions.​ ​

ANNOUNCEMENT:  As of January 2nd 2017 Zoning will be issuing all fence permits that are not related to pools.  Pool fence enclosures will continue to be issued by Permits and Inspections.  In order to receive a Zoning permit for a fence, an approved site plan must be submitted.  Please contact Zoning Administration at 757-385-8074 for any further questions or information.  

*​ Online Permitting Search Directions

In October 2011 Permits & Inspections Introduced a new Enhanced Automated Permitting System named ACCELA.  This system enables customers to obtain permits over the Internet, schedule their inspections and view the results.  ACCELA also allows Permits and Inspections to accept most major credit cards (Mastercard, American​ Express, and Discover).  In order to use these features you must first Register for an Account.  Then you can Schedule an Inspection Online.  The system is available 24/7.