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Farm Use

  1. Section 102.3
    Section 102.3 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code allows for the exemption from building permits for the following:

    Farm buildings and structures, except for a building or a portion of a building located on a farm that is operated as a restaurant as defined in Section 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia and licensed as such by the Virginia Board of Health pursuant to Chapter 2 (Section 35.1-11 et.seq.) of title 35.1 of the Code of Virginia. However, farm buildings and structures lying within a flood plain or in a mudslide-prone area shall be subject to flood-proofing regulations or mudslide regulations, as applicable.
  2. Chapter 2 definitions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code
    Farm building or structure – A building or structure not used for residential purposes, located on property where farming operations take place, and used primarily for any of the following uses or combination thereof:
    1. Storage, handling, production, display, sampling or sale of agricultural, horticultural, floricultural or silvicultural products produced in the farm.
    2. Sheltering, raising, handling, processing or sale of agricultural animals or agricultural animal products.
    3. Business or office uses relating to the farm operations.
    4. Use of farm machinery or equipment or maintenance or storage of vehicles, machinery or equipment on the farm.
    5. Storage or use of supplies and materials used on the farm.
    6. Implementation of best management practices associated with farm operations.

    I meet the above criteria and therefore am exempt from the building permit process at the address listed.
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