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Building Safety - Bureau of Inspections

The purpose of this division is to protect the public's life, health, and welfare in the building environment.

The division issues permits for buildings and structures; provides inspections for life safety, building and property maintenance codes compliance; and issues Certificates of Occupancy or Completion. This division receives construction documents for building permit applications including drawings and specifications that are submitted for review then distributes these items to other divisions when necessary for review; collects final approvals from other divisions; and archives all related plans and materials for future reference.

In addition to performing code inspections for all new construction in both Southampton County and the City of Franklin this division also conducts investigations concerning property maintenance issues for compliance with state and local ordinances such violation of the Virginia Property Maintenance Code (City only) Unsafe Structures, high grass and weeds, trash and debris and inoperative vehicles.

The Building Safety – Bureau of Inspections Division actively distributes information to builders, developers, design professionals and the public on issues that affect the built environment by providing an educated, professional staff that stands ready to serve their needs.