Q&A

What is the difference between a building and a project permit?

For Building Permit, Project Permit and no permit refer to the Building Permits and Project Permits Policy, Procedures & Forms. For project questions emailoubo@gmu.edu.

Building Permits are required for new construction, renovations, demolition, and temporary structures such as stages, membrane structures, and portable buildings. It is also required for any altercations or relocations to the means of egress, interior walls, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, and sprinkler systems; repair or replacement of more than 25% of the roof; or a change in occupancy.

  • Complete the Building Permit Form through e-Builder.
  • Apply for a Partial Permit for early site work, demolition, or foundation packages.
  • Permits are required for construction of the following:
  • Temporary Structures like Stages and Amusement Devices and Tents, which are permitted through the Environmental Health & Safety Department.
  • Requirements for Permit Posting and Approved Drawings

Project Permits are required for repairs to mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, sprinkler systems, asbestos and/or paintwork. It would also include the repair or replacement of more than 100 square feet of the roof but less than 25% of the total roof area. are needed for small projects.

Where do I apply for a Mason Permit?

Go to the Mason Permit website for information on the application process. Mason OUBO goal is to complete the review process within 10 working days.  Re-Submissions delay the process rendering it imperative that all required documentation is provided at the time of request to allow for this time frame.  Limited Scope projects can typically be reviewed within 2-3 working days.

What documents are needed to apply for a permit and how should they be submitted?

Minimum Documents Requirements

Required information for on all plans unless waived by Associate Director of Building Codes Services in writing:

  • Building name
  • Building level
  • Identify use of each space/room
  • Area in square feet for each space/room
  • Drawing Graphic Scale
  • Key plan showing location of work
  • Date or revision #
  • Requester
  • Project scope in detail

Construction Documents requiring the A/E seal for permit.

  • PDF Format – Drawings, Project Manual
  • Full size Hard Copy – Drawings, Project Manual to Mason BCS, Facilities Admin Building Room 108
  • A Work Order number is required for all requests.
  • Land Disturbance Permit / Asbestos Statement if applicable

Construction Documents NOT requiring the A/E seal for permit.

  • Digital pdf file with the Review or Permit Request
  • 11″ X 17″ complete Hard Copy set of drawings to Mason BCS, Facilities Admin Building Room 108
  • A Work Order number is required for all requests.
  • Land Disturbance Permit / Asbestos Statement if applicable

Construction Documents for Limited Scope Projects NOT requiring the A/E seal for permit.

  • Digital pdf file with the Review or Permit Request (permits@gmu.edu)
  • Digital pdf file containing drawings, details, sketches.
  • A Work Order number is required for all requests.
What are the timelines for Mason permit reviews?

Mason OUBO goal is to complete the review process within 10 working days.  Re-Submissions delay the process rendering it imperative that all required documentation is provided at the time of request to allow for this time frame. 

5 days – Schematic, Small Projects.

10 days – Preliminary Reviews

15 days – Construction Drawings and first submittal of Shop Drawings.

Limited Scope projects can typically be reviewed within 2-3 working days.

Where do I check the status of the permit application?

To check the status of projects and building permits go to e-Builder

What happens if construction starts without a permit?

You will be required to submit drawings and documents with an application immediately for review. A Stop Work order will be served and the project delayed. Continued failure to follow the requirements of the building code will result in a Notice of Violation as well as a stop work order. Violations will be reported to the University administration, BCOM, and State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO).

When should I apply for a partial building permit?

Partial building permits are an important tool for many of our integrated design and design/build projects and are fully supported and encouraged by OUBO when needed. However, a partial building permit requires an additional level of responsibility on the part of the project manager to keep the design on track and well ahead of construction. It also requires an additional level of responsibility for the construction administration manager to ensure construction does not continue beyond that which is approved. Please review the Procedure Guideline for Issuance of Partial Building Permits 2012 VirginiaUniform StatewideBuilding Code (VUSBC).

Can you apply for a Code waiver through OUBO?

Complete and submit a Code Modification Request form and with the documentation from a licensed professional architect/engineer to substantiate the equivalency of the proposed method to the Office of University Building Official at oubo@gmu.edu. Issuance of Modifications would be in accordance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) 2015, Section 106.3.

The Building Official may, but is not required to approve this modification provided that the spirit and functional intent of the VUSBC are observed and public health, welfare, and safety are assured. Regardless of the Building Official’s decision, this application and subsequent written decision will be made a permanent record of the University Building Officials Office.

When should I apply for a Project Permit Closeout?

Mason’s Project Permit will be closed out after OUBO receives sealed and signed as-built/record drawings.