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Building a Fence, Patio, Driveway or Retaining Wall

zoning permit is ALWAYS needed. A building permit may be required unless it meets the exceptions listed below.

Items needed for review:

    • Central Permit application
      • or approved Town zoning application
      • Site plan or aerial photograph showing the proposed work
      • Distances to all property lines
      • Distance to well and/or septic tank if applicable
      • Site improvement form if private water or septic is on property
    • General Permit application
      • 2 complete sets of construction drawings,to include any engineered lumber spec sheets
        • Or 1 complete PDF file, if emailing
    • Once all items are submitted we will place you into a 10 business day review.
      • Once site plan and construction plans are approved we will notify you and request payment.
      • The zoning permit is a flat fee of $35.00.
      • The building permit is $.16 per sq foot with a minimum fee of $90.95.
      • An inspection checklist will be provided and reviewed with you at the time of permit issuance.
    • All trades are permitted separately.

**Please note more information may be requested due to the type of project or location**

**Please contact your Homeowners Association (if applicable) prior to applying for a zoning permit. We do not enforce private covenants and restrictions**

Fence, Patio, Driveway and Retaining Wall Application Packet  
You can submit applications and plans via email to (Plans must be in one complete PDF file to submit digitally) or they can be submitted in our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Our address is 17140 Monument Circle, Suite 100, Isle of Wight VA 23397. We are in Building B which is the 2-story brick building across from the Historic Boykins Tavern. Our office is on the right, through the double glass doors.

If you have questions, please email 

**Please take a moment to complete the short survey at the following link. This will assist us in making sure we provide the best service possible.

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Permit Exemption language

  • 2018 Virginia Section 108 – APPLICATION FOR PERMIT
    • 108.2 Exemptions from application for permit
      • 5. Fences of any height unless required for pedestrian safety as provided for by Section 3306, or used for the barrier for a swimming pool.
      • 6. Concrete or masonry walls, provided such walls do not exceed six (6) feet in height above the finished grade. Ornamental column caps shall not be considered to contribute to the height of the wall and shall be permitted to extend above the six feet height measurement.
      • 7. Retaining walls supporting less than three (3) feet of unbalanced fill that are not constructed for the purpose of impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids or supporting a surcharge other than ordinary unbalanced fill.