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Building Inspection and Code Compliance

The city’s building inspection and code compliance division is responsible for processing building permits and regulating compliance with existing property maintenance codes. More specifically, the division:

  • processes permit applications
  • reviews all building plans to ensure compliance with the building code
  • ­inspects buildings under construction to ensure that they comply with the building codes
  • ­issues Certificates of Occupancy
  • ­reviews code compliance for residential and commercial properties, including property ordinance violations
  • maintains the Vacant Structures Registry Program

The Building Inspection Office is dedicated to the service of the community by ensuring that the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens are addressed through its responsibilities in the administration and enforcement of all adopted building and construction codes of the City of Charles Town. In its commitment to excellence in community growth and development, the Building Inspection Office strives to afford an efficient and responsive environment by providing consistent, organized, and courteous service to the public.

Code Compliance
The Code Compliance Office works diligently to improve the quality of life in Charles Town through the proactive enforcement of laws and codes, such as the Property Maintenance Code, Charles Town Codified Code, and other land development standards. Important to its effort is the city’s goal of making Charles Town a desirable place to live and work as well as a memorable place for tourists to visit. If you have concerns or suggestions that can help improve your neighborhood or community, please let us know.

What requires a Building Permit?
Properties within the city limits of Charles Town are required to obtain Building Permits for:

 – New Construction  – HVAC Systems
 – Additions – Furnaces
 – Remodels, including Basement Finishes – Water Heaters
 – Roofing and Siding – Propane Tanks
 – Decks and Porches – Driveways
 – Fences – Sidewalks
 – Accessory Structures and Sheds – Radon Mitigation
 – Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs – Plumbing
– Other – To determine if your project requires a building permit,
please contact the City
– Electrical

All Commercial projects are required to have approved plan(s) submission through the State Fire Marshal’s Office PRIOR to submitting plans to the City of Charles Town. An approval letter from the State Fire Marshal must accompany all such building permit applications to the City.

You can apply for a permit in person at City Hall at 101 E. Washington Street or online at MGO-MyGovernmentOnline by clicking below. To apply online, go to “Permits & Licensing” and select “Apply Online”. First time users will need to create an account.

For more information contact the Department of Community Development at 304-724-3248.

Article 1705 – West Virginia State Building Code – 2024

Forms and Applications

Building Code Appeals Board Forms

If you wish to file an appeal to the Building Code Appeals Board, please complete the application and submit it to the City’s Building Official at 101 E. Washington Street, Charles Town WV 25414


Other Building Code Information

  • Building – Int’l Building Code 2018
  • Building – Int’l Residential Code 2018
  • Fire – NFPA 101 2021
  • Mechanical – Int’l Mechanical Code 2018
  • Plumbing – Int’l Plumbing Code 2018
  • Residential Energy – Int’l Energy Conservation Code 2015
  • Commercial Energy – ANSI 90.1.10
  • Fuel Gas – Int’l Fuel Gas Code 2018
  • Electrical – NEC 2020
  • Accessibility – IBC 2018
  • Handicap – ANSI 2009
  • Pool – ISPC Int’l Swimming Pool & Spa Code 2018