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See Required Inspections and Procedures for all Permit Holders.

Miscellaneous Inspections

1. Sign Inspections 
2. Fire Alarm 
3. Commercial Kitchen Hood 
4. Fire Suppression Systems 
5. Swimming Pool Bonding and Pool Guardrails/Barriers 
6. Retaining Walls over 4 feet high         
7. Fire Wall/Separation (required for One and Two Family Dwelling projects located less than 5' from the property line)
8. Firestopping (may be required for commercial projects to ensure the integrity of fire rated assemblies is being maintained)  
9. Tank Removal/Installation (back to top) 


1. 24-hour notice required for inspection requests.
2. Have all pertinent permit numbers, address of the job and type of inspections being requested when you call.
3. All inspections will be scheduled through the main office, at 434-970-3182(not the inspector).
4. Residential Inspections:
a. All framing and rough-ins will be done at the same time. No framing inspections will be inspected until all rough-ins are ready.
b. All final inspections will be done at the same time.
5. Commercial Inspections:
We prefer to do all rough-in and/or all final  inspections together when possible. However, commercial inspections will be done separately upon request




Amusement Device

Inflatable Amusement Device

Air-Supported Structure

Kiddie Ride

Manufacturers Information

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The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code requires permits and inspections for amusement devices. Permits can be obtained from Neighborhood Development Services in City Hall and application is required at least 5 business days before the inspection needed. Charlottesville Building Inspectors will perform these inspections within the normal operating hours when City Hall is open. Inspections requested for other times are the responsibility of the permit holder. ENSURE THAT AN INSPECTION CAN BE DONE BEFORE YOU PLAN THE EVENT AND OBTAIN A PERMIT. Private 3rd party Inspectors are required to be certified Amusement Device Inspectors per the Virginia Certification Standards. If a 3rd Party Inspector is used, they have to request our approval within 4 days of event and send inspection documentation to us per our 3rd Party inspection Policy.  Review of the brief nine page Virginia Amusement Device Regulations is suggested for all installers and operators.

Permit/Notification – The owner/operator of the amusement devices(s) shall be responsible for submitting a permit application at least five (5) business days before the event. The permit application shall include name of owner/operator, person assuming responsibility, description of device(s), serial/identification numbers of device(s), location of property where device(s) will operate, length of operation, any application for modification(s), proof of insurance/financial responsibility ($100,000 per person and $1,000,000 in the aggregate for each amusement device), notification of any change of status in insurance/financial responsibility. 13-VAC-5-31-75-(C).
A permit for a kiddie ride as defined in 13-VAC-5-31-75-D, ASTM F-747 and ASTM F-1159 need not be obtained if the device has an unexpired (installed within calendar year on inspection certificate) certificate of inspection issued by a local building department in this Commonwealth.

Amusement Device – A device or structure open to the public by which persons are conveyed or moved in an unusual manner for diversion. VADR 13-VAC-5-31-20. In addition to other applicable requirements of this chapter, inflatable amusement devices shall be operated, maintained and inspected in accordance with ASTM F-2374 and other sections as adopted. Below are a few examples of amusement devices..

Inflatable Amusement Device – An amusement device or ride as defined by terminology in ASTM F-747, consisting of air filled structures designed for use, as specified by the manufacturer, that may include but not limited to bounce, slide, climb or interactive play. They are made of flexible fabric, kept inflated by continuous air flow by one or more blowers, and rely upon air pressure to maintain their shape. ASTM F-2374 as referenced in 13-VAC-5-31-40-(2).
“Notwithstanding any requirements of this chapter to the contrary, a permit to operate an inflatable amusement device that is less than 150 square feet and in which the height of the patron containment area is less than 10 feet need not be obtained if the device has an unexpired certificate of inspection issued by a local building department in this Commonwealth, regardless of whether the device has been disassembled or moved to a new site”.

Air-supported Structure – An amusement device that incorporates a structural and mechanical system and employs a high strength fabric or film that achieves its strength and stability by pretensioning with internal air pressure, all of which are intended to provide an enclosed area for the self enjoyment of those so confined within. ASTM F-747 as referenced in ASTM F-2374 as referenced in 13-VAC-5-31-40.

Kiddie Ride – An amusement ride in which the passenger height is limited to 54 inches or less, the design capacity is 12 passengers or less, and assembly time is 2 hours or less. 13-VAC-3-31-75 and/or an amusement ride designed primarily for use by children up to 12 years of age. ASTM F-747 as referenced in 13-VAC-5-31-40.

Design Procedure – The weight assigned to a 12 year old child passenger for design purposes shall be 90 pounds. ASTM F-1159-5.2 as referenced in 13-VAC-5-31-40.

Manufacturers Information (Owner/Operators Responsibility) - The operator of the amusement device shall comply with all recommendations/requirements set out in such

Helpful Links

VAC Virginia Administrative Code

VADR Virginia Amusement Device Regulations

VCS Virginia Certification Standards

ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials

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