Mechanical Permit

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A mechanical permit is required for any new construction, alterations, additions, and/or other types of mechanical work performed in the City of Harrisonburg.

How to Apply for a Permit

Online: Submit applications, track and pay for permits online via the LAMA Permit Portal. If you are a contractor and need a registration code, call the Department of Community Development at 540-432-7700 or email

Via email: Permit applications may be emailed to

In person: Visit us at Community Development, 409 S Main St, 2nd Floor, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

PDF Icon[468KB] Mechanical Permit Application

Questions regarding mechanical permits can be answered by the Community Development Building Inspections Division at 540-432-7700.


Required Information

To obtain a mechanical permit, the following information is required at the time of application:

  1. Depending on the complexity of the project, drawings and specifications may be required. These drawings and/or specifications would include, but not be limited to, floor plans showing all registers, plenums, duct work, and grills for exhausts, make up, and supplies; the size, location, and type of all heating and cooling equipment; the size and location of all fans; the location, size and type of all duct work; the location, size and type of any tanks; and other plans, calculations, or specifications as may be deemed necessary by the building inspection office.
  2. The owner's complete name, present mailing address and phone number.
  3. The kW, ratings, horsepower, etc. of all equipment.
  4. The mechanical contractor's complete name or business name, present mailing address, phone number, certification number, copy of class "A", "B" or "C" state contractor's number, and City of Harrisonburg business license number.
  5. The appropriate fee based on the total value of mechanical work being done, made payable to the City of Harrisonburg.


Application Approval

In most cases, permit applications submitted before 3:00pm will be issued the same day. The permit is not valid until the permit fee has been paid and the permit placard posted on the job site.

NOTICE: Mechanical permits which include a tank installation will require building codes review. This review may take up to two weeks to process.


Posting of Permit

The mechanical permit shall be displayed on the outside of the building or premises, where it is plainly visible from the street, and shall not be removed until all work is complete.


Required Inspection Information

The following is a list of required inspections to be scheduled by the mechanical contractor, owner, or owner's authorized agent:

  1. Under slab (duct work, fuel lines, etc.).
  2. Trench (duct work, fuel lines, etc.).
  3. Rough-in (duct work, paned off plenum spaces, tanks, etc.).
  4. Final (the mechanical system is to be fully operational).
  5. Other inspections as may be deemed necessary.



  1. Rough-in, slab, trench and final mechanical inspections are to be made and passed prior to building inspections being scheduled.
  2. For other than a final inspection, the installation is not to be concealed prior to inspection and approval.
  3. The mechanical permit becomes void if work has not commenced within, or is suspended for, a period of six months or more.
  4. If desiring to do so, the owner may do the work if the proper permit has been obtained, all required inspections are requested and performed, and all applicable fees are paid.

An applicant acting as their own contractor assumes all liability, damages, and all other responsibilities of the work. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the code requirements, corrections to plans resulting from the plan review process, and corrections of violations found resulting from required inspections. 

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