Nov. 23, 2020 - Daily Update
Building Safety & Permits
Good morning, Building Safety & Permits has 98 inspections for today, Nov. 23, 2020.
James City County Offices will be CLOSED on Nov. 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving.
The Building Safety & Permits Division will have some new fees and changes to some existing fees starting on January 1, 2021. Among these fee changes are the following:
- Residential Certificate of Occupancy fee
- 30-day temporary Certificate of Occupancy fees
- Plan review fee due at time of application
- Plan review fee for work in a floodplain
- Tiered fees for multiple re-inspections-First Rej. $52.50/Second Rej. $105.00/ Third Rej. $210.00
- Re-inspection fees must be paid before Certificate of Occupancy is issued
As a precaution related to Coronavirus, Bldg E is open to the public by appointment only. For further assistance or to schedule an appointment, please call Building Safety & Permits (757-253-6626), Stormwater & Resource Protection (757-253-6670) or Records Management (757-253-6730).
No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days is permitted to enter. Face Masks are required.
Reminder that approved plans must be on site for ALL inspections including trade inspections.
Please note that Sheathing inspections cannot be inspected with Air Barrier (House Wrap applied).
Please note that all re-inspection fees must be paid PRIOR to requesting a re-inspection.
Modified Inspection Protocols as a result of COVID-19
To enhance the safety of Building Safety & Permits (BS&P) inspectors and our customers, we will triage inspections based on the ability to limit person-to-person contact according to the best available data and the following protocols.
When and where there is the greatest opportunity to limit person-to-person contact, inspections will continue with minimal changes. These are inspections that are performed outside in open air environments; such as, footings, foundations, floor framing, decks, temporary power poles, underground utility trench inspections, and similar. Most often these inspections may be performed without anyone else present.
When and where there is a moderate ability to limit person-to-person contact (those inspections that typically occur in environments where the work area is enclosed), BS&P inspectors will evaluate each situation and may take any of the following measures: 1) request that those present temporarily leave the space until the inspection is completed; 2) request to use approved video or photographic means to verify code compliance; 3) request that the inspection be rescheduled for a different time (possibly the same day); or 3) recommend to the permit holder that he or she request a waiver of the inspection, as allowed by USBC Section 113.1: “when the construction cost is less than $2,500 the inspection may, at the discretion of the inspecting authority be waived.” Examples of these inspections may include framing and insulation inspections, trade rough-in / final inspections, and building final inspections.
When and where there is limited to no ability to limit person-to-person contact, the inspectors will review appropriate actions with their supervisor and then coordinate with the permit holder prior to initiating the inspection. These may be inspections in occupied homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In occupied homes, the inspectors and their supervisor may choose to use options 2 or 3, as noted above. For nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the inspector’s supervisor may suggest that the permit holder seek approval of a third-party inspector, in accordance with the building official’s written policy (https://va-jamescitycounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/6494/Policy-Regarding-Approval-of-Third-party-Inspectors-and-Agencies-PDF).
Requests to submit video and/or photographs in lieu of work area visits by BS&P inspectors must be pre-approved by the Director of Building Safety & Permits or the Inspections Section Chief. Such exhibits must include a way to verify the date, time and location as well as the identity of the person taking the video or photograph.
Please see this link regarding 3rd Party Inspections which REQUIRE pre-approval by the Inspection Chief. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6494/Policy-Regarding-Approval-of-Third-party-Inspectors-and-Agencies-PDF You may email Allen Turner firstname.lastname@example.org to request pre approvals
Board of Supervisors Update
Due to COVID-19, and in order to help applicants complete as many transactions as possible remotely, the JCC Board of Supervisors has waived all credit card and e-check convenience charges through Dec. 30, 2020.