Project permits

All buildings within the Commonwealth of Virginia are subject to compliance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code that applies to new buildings as well as alterations/renovations.  

The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) at VCU is per section 36-98.1 of the Code of Virginia which designates the Virginia Department of Engineering and Buildings (DEB) as the AHJ for all structures on property owned by the Commonwealth.

The scope of work requiring a building or project permit and documentation requirements are stipulated in the DEB's Construction and Professional Services Manual Appendix P.

Generally speaking, any work that impacts the HVAC, electrical, plumbing fire alarm, rated assemblies, sprinkler systems and means of egress in a building must be reviewed to determine if it needs either a permit from DEB or if it can be executed under the annual permit authority granted to VCU by DEB. (The complete list of work requiring permits is found in Appendix P of the CPSM.)

Temporary structure permits

Temporary structure permits are required for installations on property owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These permits authorize the use of temporary structures such as tents, stages and occupied amusement devices. Temporary structure permits must be requested via eBuilder at least 14 days prior to the event.



How do I determine if I need a VCU project permit?

Use the VCU Permitting Determination Matrix (Appendix P) template (see resources section above) to determine if your project meets internal permitting requirements. For questions, email Michael Trzesniowski at

How do I initiate the VCU project permit process?

After using the VCU Permitting Determination Matrix (Appendix P), email Erika Crews at for the next permit number and provide project information to include the project description and location, the AiM work request number, and the project code number. *Projects managed by Facilities Operations do not need to provide a project code number.

What documents must be included with the VCU Project Permit Request Form?

Fill out the VCU Project Permit Template (see the resources section above) to include the assigned permit number at the top of the permit as well as the completed VCU Permitting Determination Matrix (Appendix P), scope of work, drawings, relevant proposals and any other essential information.

When does a permit need to be closed?

Once work is complete, the project inspector, project manager or Facilities Operations superintendent will email Michael Trzesniowski, matrzesniowsk@vcu.edureferencing the permit number and request that the permit be closed.