Building a New Home
As you build your new home there are many details to remember. We are here to help you throughout the project so contact us if you have any questions.
STEP ONE: Contact and/or visit the following offices to arrange your water and sewer.
- If you are not able connect to public water & sewer facilities (e.g. need to use well & septic), contact the Prince William Health District for a sewage disposal and/or well permit for private sewer disposal and water supply. Phone: 703-792-6310; Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- If you are able to connect to public water and sewer facilities AND if you are not building in the Dale City area, contact the Service Authority to pay County water and sewer fees. Phone: 703-335-7900; Address: 4 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- If you are able to connect to public water & sewer facilities AND if you are building in the Dale City area contact the Dale Service Corporation to pay sewer fees. Phone: 703-590-4995; Address: 5565 Mapledale Plaza, Dale City, VA 22193.
Virginia American Water Company to pay water fees. Phone: 703-670-8243; Address: 4504 Dale Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA 22193.
STEP TWO: Contact and/or visit the following offices to arrange your land and construction development reviews.
- If you are using the well & septic option above contact the Prince William County Zoning Division for property Zoning and/or Certificate of Zoning for a percolation (perc) test at a private well and/or sewage disposal system only. Phone: 703-792-6830; Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- Prince William County Environmental Services, for review of your Lot Grading plan. Phone: 703-792-7070;
Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- Prince William County Building Plan Review, for the review of your house plan. Phone: 703-792-6930; Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), for an entrance permit if your lot has access to a state maintained road. Phone: 703-383-VDOT (8368); Address: 10228 Residency Road, Manassas, VA 20110.
STEP THREE: Obtain plan and agency approvals
- You may start the process of your plans and agency approvals. Plan Agency reviews can be done concurrently; however, you will need approvals from all agencies before your building permit can be issued. Contact Building Plan Review at 703-792-6930 to obtain an estimate for current review times.
- The Commonwealth of Virginia adopts updated building codes every few years. Read the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code Web page or contact the Building Development Plan Review Branch at 703-792-4040 to find out which codes apply to you and the most current minimum plan review requirements for your project.
- If you have your house plans professionally prepared by a Virginia Professional Engineer or Architect, you have the option of requesting Plan Waivers to expedite the time required for plan review. The Professional Engineer or Registered Architect Waiver Form shall be completed by your engineer or architect. In addition you (the owner) or your agent must complete the Owner/Agent Waiver Form. Attach these forms to the front of the submitted plans.
- In addition to your plan approvals, you may also need several other final approvals. The complexity of your project will determine the types of approvals you will need. Here is a list of the common types of approvals that you may need for your residential project:
- PW Health District Approval - 703-792-6310
- PWCSA Tap Fees Receipt - 703-335-7900
- Dale Service Sewer Tap Fee Receipt - 703-590-4495
- Affidavit of Owner Form
- Site Plan Release Letter - 703-792-6830
- Contractor’s License (PWC Business License and VA Contractor’s License)
- Zoning Approval - 703-792-6830
- Lot Stabilization Escrow Form
- Lot Grading Approval - 703-792-7070
- Payment of any remaining fees
STEP FOUR: Pay for and obtain your permits.
- Bring all approvals with you to Prince William County Building Permitting Services. Phone: 703-792-6924; Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- Prince William County Building Permitting Services, for posting your Lot Stabilization Escrow and to hand in your completed Building Pad Certification form. Phone: 703-792-6924; Address: Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192.
- You must post your permits at the site of your construction project. Depending on the features of your home, you must obtain various permits: building permit, electrical permit, mechanical permit, plumbing permit, and possibly a gas permit. Other permits may be required. Licensed residential trade contractors (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and gas) may obtain the permits online.
Payment can be made using Cash, Checks, or Credit/Debit cards for all development related fees, excluding Proffers, Bonds and Escrow payments. Only a separate Check or Cash are accepted for those exceptions. Checks should be made payable to ‘Prince William County’ or ‘PWC’. Credit/Debit cards must be Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Credit/Debit card transactions may only be conducted in person. We do not accept Credit/Debit card payments over the phone or online at this time.
STEP FIVE: Schedule and receive your inspections and final occupancy permit.
- At various stages of construction you will need to schedule Building Inspections to ensure the work meets building code requirements. These inspections will ensure the integrity and safety of the work. For more information read Residential Construction Inspections and Scheduling an Inspection.
- Your project may also require several other inspections including Health Department PWC Service Authority and Site. Please discuss the type of inspections you may need with those agencies.
- A final occupancy permit can be issued for your home when all inspections (e.g. Building, Health Department, PWCSA, and site) are completed successfully and all outstanding fees have been paid.
Upon completion of the five steps above, you may move into your new home!