Building Office

Changes to Lancaster Building Permit Process Effective Immediately

To continue to serve our community during this Local Emergency we will be continuing to perform inspections and process permits. Currently our office is closed to the Public and contact will need to be made though email or phone.

All Permit applications can either be emailed to build@lancova.com, faxed to (804)462-0031 or mailed to 8311 Mary Ball Rd. Lancaster, VA 22503, Attention: Permits Department. There are (2) new fillable permit application forms (please fill out all required information). Payments can be made by check mailed to above address and online at www.webfeepay.com (a convenience fee of 2.45% will be added to each transaction).

Please email any plans, plats, applications and/or requested information to build@lancova.com or contact our office at (804)462-5480

Inspection procedures will continue to operate as normal. Please call (804)462-0241 and leave message on our automated inspection line with permit number, return contact information and type of inspection requested.

3/23/2020 UPDATE: Lancaster County Building department will continue to keep our permitting and inspections moving, as we all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We have added a drop box located at the side parking lot of the Admin building for drop off of plans and needed materials. Inspections will continue, some may require site visits and others may be done by video, pictures and/or video call. For inspections that require county staff to perform onsite please remember to adhere to the 6’ distancing required by the State Governor. If you have any questions please call our office.

ALL INSPECTIONS STILL NEED TO BE CALLED INTO THE AUTOMATED LINE AS NORMAL. PLEASE MAKE SURE A CONTACT NUMBER IS INCLUDED WITH YOUR REQUESTED INSPECTION.

Requesting Building Inspections

Lancaster County Building Inspections must be called in to the provided inspection line 804-462-0241. Emailed requests and inspection requests left on other county employees voicemail boxes are not considered as requested inspections.

Attention - Effective July 1, 2019

  • All Approved Construction Plans and Documents must be on site at time of Inspections. Failure to have plans available will result in failed inspection.

Contact Information

Ernest J. Sadler
Building Official
8311 Mary Ball Rd
Lancaster, VA 22503
Phone: (804) 462-5480
Fax: (804) 462-0031


Office Location

County Administration Building
8311 Mary Ball Rd
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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