Building Addition, Residential

The process outlined below applies to the construction of an addition to a single-family dwelling or a two-family dwelling, including but not limited to addition of a room, attached carport, 2nd story, attached deck, front porch, or exterior steps.

Submission Requirements


  • Completed Residential Building and Zoning Permit Application.
  • Basic development plan (1 copy), drawn to scale, delineating the following. A design professional is not required for the preparation of a basic development plan.
    • Accurate shape and dimensions of lot Adjoining streets and alleys, labeled.
    • Existing and proposed structures on the lot including dimensions and height.
    • Setbacks of proposed addition.
    • Public easement(s), if applicable.
    • Driveway including dimensions and material, if addition is attached garage or carport
  • Building plans and supporting documents (1 copy).
  • Owner/Builder Affidavit, if applying for exemption from state contractors licensing.
  • Contractor/Subcontractor Listing
  • Floodplain Elevation Certificate, if in Special Flood Hazard Area.
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in an H-1 or H-2 historic district.
  • Submission of a Neighborhood Design District Affidavit, if located in the Neighborhood Design District.
  • Agreement-in-Lieu of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, where applicable.

Other Permits That May Be Required


Right-of-Way Excavation Permit, if applicable including but not limited to driveway connections to the right-of-way, installation of public sidewalks, and utility connections.

Review Process


Once your permit application has been deemed complete and initialized in our system (you will receive a Permit Submittal Confirmation Letter), City staff has 10 business days for zoning review and 5 business days for building review for a total of 15 business days. You may receive comments from City staff if additional information is needed to complete a thorough review. An Additional Submissions Form must accompany any resubmission of plans or information.

Building and zoning permits are reviewed for compliance with the following codes:
  • Chapter 36.2, Zoning Code, City of Roanoke
  • Be sure to check if the property is subject to overlay zoning requirements including the Neighborhood Design District or Local Historic Districts.
  • 2012 Uniform Statewide Building Code
Visit the City of Roanoke's Real Estate GIS page to determine your property's zoning designation.

Fees


Fees are due at time of permit issuance. The fees for a building and zoning permit are as follows:
  • Building Permit Fee:
Valuation of Work
Building Permit Fee
$0.01 to $1,000
$45
$1,000.01 to $50,000
$45 for the first $1,000.01 plus $5 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to an including $50,000.
$50,000.01 to $100,000
$290 for the first $50,000.01 plus $4 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to an including $100,000.
$100,000.01 to $250,000
$490 for the first 100,000.01 plus $3.50 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $250,000.
$250,000.01 to $500,000
$1,015 for the first $250,000.01 plus $3.25 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.
$500,000 and up
$1,827.50 for the first $500,000.01 plus $3.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof.
  • Plan Review Fee: 10% of the building permit fee
  • Basic Development Plan Review Fee: $25
  • 2% state levy of total fee

Expiration


Building and Zoning Permits are valid as long as work is proceeding and an inspection has been performed within the last 6 months. If work has halted or been abandoned and no inspection has been conducted within the last 6 months, the permit may be suspended. Extensions may be granted by the Building Commissioner through written request by the permit holder. Extensions are not guaranteed.