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Rockingham County
Administration Center
20 E. Gay St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
New Homes in Rockingham
What is required to build a new home in Rockingham County?
  • Deed or letter of permission from property owner
    • Deed Book / Page Number / Date Recorder
  • VDOT entrance permit or letter stating existing entrance is sufficient
  • Health Department permit for new well and / or septic
    • Or Health Department permit stating that your existing system will serve new permit. (Dwelling, Addition, etc.)
    • If the property will be connected to County water / sewer, receipt is needed showing paid connection fees prior to obtaining a building permit
  • Sketch / drawing showing setbacks to all property lines
    • If the property is within town limits, then zoning approval is needed from the town before application for building permit can started
  • Set of working building plans which shall include the following:
    • Plans to 1/4 inch scale
    • All elevations showing maximum grade
    • A foundation plan with pier and footer size, type of foundation wall, with required reinforcements, girder system and supports, including size
    • Floor plan with all rooms labeled, including the size of each room. Door and window schedule: label egress and tempered glass, where needed
    • Type of floor system: engineered floor systems, floor truss, I-joist, etc. Conventional frame: lumber or other roof systems, include roof view for conventional roof system. Design for a 30-pound live load on roof system, plus all dead loads
    • Type of roof system: engineered roof truss or I-joist. Conventional frame: lumber or other roof systems, include roof view for conventional roof system. Design for a 30-pound live load on roof system, plus all dead loads
    • A wall section to match house plans: begin with footer and include foundation wall, floors, frame walls above foundation and roof system. Include inside wall coverings (i.e. wallboard/paneling), all insulation, outside wall coverings, foundation coatings, drain tile, etc
    • Engineering is required on all steel I-beams, lam beams, fletch beams, etc., support posts and footers, suspended concrete floors, concrete slabs on more than 24 inches of clean, stone fill, or no more than 8 inches of dirt fill. Engineering may be required on areas of house construction when the design has unusual loading conditions. Include engineering with plans at time of permit application
    • Note: Most copyrighted plans require a letter from the company to make changes. Include this letter with the plans, verifying all required sections of plans to meet Code
  • List of licensed contractors doing work:
    • Building
    • Electric
    • Plumbing
    • Mechanical
    • Mechanics Lien Agent
  • Name of electric company
    • What will your permanent electrical amperage / service be? 200 or 400
    • Will you need a temporary power pole?