City of Martinsburg

Building Permits

Homeowners Guide to the Building Permit Process

The City of Martinsburg Planning Department also serves to protect the health and safety of our community by providing trained and certified Building Inspectors to implement the West Virginia State Building Code that has been adopted by the City.

Major duties that are part of this mission include plan reviews, issuance of permits and providing inspections.

When is a permit required? 

Section 105 of the International Building Code states:

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

A general Building Permit is issued for structural, electrical, plumbing and/or mechanical work, both residential and commercial. There are also specific permits for fences, sheds, signs and sidewalks.

Any work not requiring a building permit performed by a contractor or individual other than the property owner and in exchange for any type of compensation, will require a Work Registration Form. These are issued at no charge from the Building Inspectors' office, which is located in the City of Martinsburg Planning Department.

The City of Martinsburg Planning Department recommends contacting a Building Inspector with any questions regarding project and permit requirements at (304) 264-2131, or visit our FAQs page.

* Applications may be filled out online and emailed to or printed and mailed or hand delivered to the Planning Department. If applications are emailed, the applicant will be required to sign the application before picking up the permit.

Contact Information:

City of Martinsburg
Attn: Planning Department
232 North Queen Street, 2nd Floor
Martinsburg, WV 25401

(304) 264-2131 Ext. 266
(304) 264-2136 Fax

Building Code Official:

Charles Clingan 304-582-9893

Building Inspectors:

Tim McDonald 304-582-9890

Tim Snyder 304-995-8706

Forms and Applications

Permit/Plans Submittal Requirements Checklist (for Residential and Commercial)

Residential Building Permit Applications--General Building (see below for application for fence, shed, sidewalk or sign)

Application for a Fence Permit

General Regulations for Fences in the City of Martinsburg

Agreement for Fences Constructed within an Easement

Sidewalk Replacement Guidelines

Sidewalk Permit Application

Sidewalk Loan Program Information and Application

Application for a Storage Building (Shed) Permit

Satellite Dish Registration Form

Ordinance Re: Placement of Satellite Dish Antenna

Commercial Building Permit Application--General Building (for sheds, fences and sidewalks, see above

Application for a Sign Permit