Building Inspections


One person at a time will be allowed in our lobby until further notice. please patiently wait outside until the lobby is empty before you enter. You may also call 540-375-3036 to let us know you are waiting.

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect the life, safety, and welfare of our citizens, visitors, and businesses by contributing to the preservation of our historic resources and the present and future economic viability of the City of Salem.

To do this, we work to fairly and efficiently enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by regulating the safety, design, use, or occupancy of all buildings and structures within the City of Salem.

The City of Salem enforces the 2018 building and related codes after July 1, 2022.

2018 Commonwealth of Virginia codes

These codes may be viewed and purchased at the International Code Council website.

Note: contractors must have a valid business license in order to obtain a permit. Please visit the City of Salem Commissioner of the Revenue for business license requirements or call 540-375-3019.

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