Contractors (and homeowners doing their own work on their homes) must obtain a building permit from the county Building Official when they construct, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, move or demolish any building in Bedford County. Inspectors ensure that construction meets state construction codes as well as county regulations, such as setback requirements.
Applications for all permits are filed in the Building Inspection office and all applications must be approved and fees paid before work can begin. Permits must be displayed before any inspection can be made. A certificate of occupancy must be obtained before a building or structure can be occupied.
The Building Inspections office is a division of Bedford County's Department of Community Development. For question cal (540) 586-7616.