Permit Center

The Permit Center will be closed from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, for staff training. Thank You!

When applying for a new permit, the 2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, which was adopted by the State of Virginia on September 4, 2018, will be applicable to your permit unless you request your work fall under the current 2012 code.
You must request this at the time of application. This will be in effect until September 4, 2019, which is one year from the date of adoption.

Digital Plan Review

In July 2017, we made the transition to digital plan sets for plans larger than 11" x 17".  Digital plan submissions reduce waste, save time, save money, and  enhance how we communicate results to you.

Please submit plans on thumb drives, CDs, or e-mail them to us at

We appreciate your cooperation in the transition to a nearly paperless permitting process.

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail them to us at

The Permit Center oversees the intake, issuance, and inspection schedule of all building, zoning, and development permits for the City of Roanoke. Located on the first floor of the Municipal Building in Room 170, the Permit Center provides a single source for information related to development review and the permitting process.

Documents (forms, applications, guides)

eTRAKiT now available!

eTRAKiT permitting system is now available for viewing daily inspection schedules, searching permits, and resubmitting plans for review on cases where a number has been assigned to the project.  

Click here for important information about scheduling inspections.
eTRAKiT Guidelines for Contractors and Design Professionals.

 When fully functional, most permits can be applied for and approved through eTRAKiT.   If you are experiencing issues with eTRAKiT, contact the Permit Center at (540) 853-1090.  For guidance on submitting plans via eTRAKiT or email see our 
Electronic Plan Submission guidelines.