Building Department


The mission of the Mathews County Building Department is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public by ensuring the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (Virginia USBC) are met.

This includes accepting permit applications, reviewing construction documents and plans, issuing permits and performing inspections.

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code regulates new construction, alteration, rehab, renovation, and movement of buildings, accessory structures and equipment to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

In addition, the Mathews County Building Department administers the Mathews County Floodplain Management Ordinance, and maintains the county floodplain maps (FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps).

The Mathews County Building Department is also here to answer questions and assist with interpretations of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Mathews County Flood Plain Management Ordinance.

All permit applications can be found on the applications and forms page for the Building Department. This page also has: an outline describing the permit process; direct links to the State Building Code, Virginia USBC; and various other forms & guides. In addition, this page contains various policies related to the Virginia USBC.



News & Announcements  

County Business License: see the attached document regarding the requirement for a County Business License: County License 

Effective 01 Nov 2016:  When submitting an application for a deck, plans must be submitted. The plans must show framing details, post sizes, beam & joist spans, etc. The plans must also indicate if the deck is supported by a dwelling/building or if it's free-standing.


Important Notice regarding engineered flood vents:

All engineered flood vents must have an up to date engineering certificate or ICC ES report based on the currently adopted codes and referenced standards (2012 USBC; ASCE-24-05; FEMA TB-1-2008).

All elevation certificates submitted must have a copy of the engineering certification or ICC ES report attached to it.

The County of Mathews has a new web address and new email addresses, see the Contact Us page for additional info (


** Update** New FEMA Elevation Certificate

The newest version of the FEMA Elevation Certificate is now available.

Per FEMA and the State of Virginia (DCR-Floodplain Management) this form must be used on all new Elevation Certificates; there is no transition or grace period from the older form.

The following link is to a Fillable PDF version of the new Elevation Certificate:

The new FEMA Floodproofing Certificate is also available online at the following link:


Drop Box

The Building Department and the Planning & Zoning Department now have a drop box for your convenience. The drop box is located in front of the Administration Building. If you need to drop off any paper work, documents, plans, etc. feel free to use the drop box. This is a weather tight secure drop box.


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