Building Development Division

  • Division Overview


    The Building Development Division (BDD) of the Department of Development Services enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code to ensure the buildings in which we live, work and play are safe. Working with BDD is only one of many steps in the building construction process. BDD deals specifically with reviewing building construction plans and specifications, issuing building construction permits, performing critical building construction inspections, and ensuring building code compliance.

    5 County Complex Ct., Ste. 120
    Prince William, VA, 22192
    (703) 792-6930 (TTY: 711)
    Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm
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    Do I Need a Permit?

    Some home improvement projects require a permit or approvals and some don’t. Use this quick guide to see if you need approvals for modifications to one or two-family dwellings and townhouses.

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    Contractor Licensing

    The Building Development Division issues home improvement contractor’s licenses in Prince William County. Learn more about the requirements and how to get a license.

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    Building Complaints & Concerns

    Citizens and businesses can contact the Building Development Division with complaints or concerns regarding construction or building projects. The Building Code Enforcement Section will investigate concerns regarding construction and building projects in the community.

Building Development Fees

Prince William County has adopted the Building Development Fee Schedule to defray the cost of enforcement of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.  The Building Development activities supported by the fees include: plan intake, plan review, permitting and inspections.
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Disputes with Building Contractors

The Building Development Division does not have authority to resolve disputes between customers and contractors. Learn more about other resources that may be helpful if you have an issue with a contractor.
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ePortal is Prince William County’s Development Services’ online customer access point to permits, inspections, plans, requests, code enforcement and more.
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