Building Permits

The Division of Building Permits provides three services, which include Administrative, Plan Review and Inspections.  Territorial, it is comprised of twenty six staff members with an office in the district of St. Thomas/St. John and an office in the district of St. Croix.  The primary responsibilities of the Division of Building Permits are to enforce and regulate the local and national building codes and regulations. The Division of Building Permits reviews and issues various types of permits: building, plumbing, electrical, demolition, mechanical and occupancy for the construction of new or existing residential, commercial or any other type of structure that will be occupied or used by an individual, family or group.  The Division inspects all construction activity throughout the Territory to ensure minimum local and national building code compliance. The codes enforced are Title 29 of the Virgin Islands Code, the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation Code, the National Electrical Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code.

DPNR – 2020 NEC Code Changes

Construction Information for a Stronger Home 4th Edition

USVI_Construction for a STRONGER_HOMES 4th edition_2018-4-13

Appendix-Stronger Homes

Appendix Part 2

The Division is also responsible for the oversight and management of three programs:

Floodplain Management- is an innovative approach to creating partnerships between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and participating NFIP communities, regional agencies, State agencies, tribes, and universities that have the interest and capability to become more active participants in the FEMA flood hazard mapping program. FEMA Flood Map Service Center – Https://msc.fema.gov

National Flood Insurance Program   * NFIP – Flooding Resources Printable

Tropical Energy Code Implementation Program-The Tropical Energy Code Implementation Program is a collaborative effort between the Virgin Islands Energy Office and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to promote the adoption and implementation process of the existing draft Model Buildings Energy Tropical Codes up to the 2009 national level.  The Division will conduct public hearings, complete legislative process, conduct training, public service announcements, and printing/distribution of updated Tropical Code manuals.

The Division also conducts public outreach programs and activities to educate building and construction professionals and the community at large about the building codes.

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