The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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Building Permit FAQ

Q. Do I need drawings/plans?

A. The 2000 ICC Codes require that the permit applications and construction documents be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the proposed work and show in detail that it will conform to the code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations as determined by the codes official.

Q. Do I need to get an engineer or architect to draw my plans?

A. Many construction projects do not require the services of an architect or an engineer. Often sufficient information is available from the manufacturer to determine code compliance of the project or installation. These projects include swimming pools, carports, and utility structures. Other projects including additions, garages, and decks can be reviewed and compliance determined by the building inspector provided adequate drawings are submitted. These drawings can often be prepared by the homeowner or contractor.

Q. How long does it take to get a building permit?

A. Small projects that do not require drawings can usually be approved in 24 hours. Larger projects with drawings required can take 72 hours or more depending upon the complexity of the project and the completeness of the documentation provided.
From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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