State law requires that any land disturbance over 10,000 sq. feet obtain a land disturbance permit. There are exceptions such as agricultural clearing, home landscaping, and utility work.
County issued residential building permits cover the land disturbing activity for all single family dwellings; therefore, a separate permit is not necessary.
A Land Disturbing Permit is required for all new roads. When subdividing property, a county standard road is required for all minor subdivisions and a VDOT standard road is required for all major subdivisions. All new commercial buildings and parking lots require land disturbance permits.
Stormwater Management Permit
In 2014, the State passed legislation requiring review of both quantity and quality of storm water. You must obtain a Stormwater Management Permit if:
Stormwater Permit for Single-Family Detached Residential Structures
Instead of obtaining a full storm water management permit, in certain circumstances, the State allows for single-family detached structures to submit an agreement in lieu of storm water plans.