City of Martinsburg

Building Permits

Homeowners Guide to the Building Permit Process

Current Building Codes

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.