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Building Development Division
Finishing a Basement


Steps 1-3 may be completed at the Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA, 22192. Step 4 may be completed by telephone or online.

STEP ONE: Zoning Approval

The Zoning Division counter is open 8 a.m. until to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

STEP TWO: Plan Approval

The Building Plan Intake Counter is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

STEP THREE: Permit Issuance

The Building Permitting Services Counter is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • If the homeowner is the permit applicant and will be responsible for the work, the homeowner must complete the Affidavit of Owner.
  • If the contractor is the permit applicant and will be responsible for the work, the contractor must provide a copy of his or her Virginia State Contractor License and Prince William County Business License.
  • Pay for permits based on the approved Building Development Fee Schedule. (Please note that we currently only accept cash or checks.)

STEP FOUR: Construction Inspections

In order for staff to conduct an inspection you must call for the appropriate inspection, the permit must be affixed to the front window of the residence (or a location that can be viewed from the road outside the residence), and the approved plans must be available for the inspector to review at the time of inspection.

Building inspections are conducted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit or call 1-866-457-5280 to schedule an inspection through the automated system. The systems will prompt for the permit number or 6 Digit IVR Pin Number, and inspection type code, which were provided at the time of permit issuance. The inspection process will vary depending on the extent of the work. The most common inspection types and codes are 198-residential combination concealment, 199-residential combination final, and 401-plumbing groundwork.

For more details on finishing a basement, see the Guidelines for Finishing Your Basement handout.


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