Building permits are required for all jobs except painting, wallpapering, trim work, floor sanding, carpeting, and landscaping. Obtaining a building permit is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner, although in many cases, the contractor provides this as a service. Building permits are issued for a work period of six months, and must be prominately displayed for the public to see during construction.
To obtain a building permit, an application must be submitted to the Inspection Department with necessary documentation presented and fee(s) paid. Necessary documentation will include, but may not be limited to: a contract, materials list, estimate, etc. To estimate fee(s) for permits, see the fee schedules below. For electrical permits, individual's number on permit must be given to the electric company when project has been completed and inspected to ensure work meets necessary electrical codes. Applications may be printed, completed, scanned, and sent to Lori Mills by email, dropped off at the Municipal Building, or mailed to:
Building Inspection Office
200 Rogers Street
Bluefield, WV 24701
*Please see both fee schedules when estimating fees
It is the responsibility of the property owner and contractor to schedule inspections at the appropriate times. Please note that multiple inspections may be required for construction work. An inspection for a footing or concrete work should be made before any concrete is poured. For electrical and plumbing, an inspection should be completed before any covering is placed and before any power is applied to the lines. A final inspection before occupancy is also required. Residential and commercial structures in a historical district may be subject to further review.
Electrical inspections are required both by the City Code of Ordinances and Appalachian Power Company (APCO) policy for installing an electric meter, regardless of why it was disconnected. For an installation to be approved, the service must be brought up to the most current electric code requirements. Typically, an outside disconnect, 2 copper ground rods and a multi-agency bonding bar must be added to existing systems or included on new systems (the inspection department can provide more details). When the system is inspected and approved, a connect tag is placed and the inspector notifies APCO that an installation has been approved and a meter can be installed. The tag must contain a city permit number and an APCO connect number. Permit fees are based on the cost of the work done.