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The LAMA permit portal allows citizens and contractors to apply for permits, and schedule inspections. It also allows citizens and contractors to track and search for permits.

You can save travel and waiting time by filing for permits and licenses online and checking your application’s status any time of day or night. You can also pay permit fees online, and download and print your own building permits and other documents. If you need immediate action on a permit application, it may still be better to call or come in-person for guidance.

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Yes, our website is smart phone and mobile device friendly.

To send a suggestion, give feedback, or report a technical issue, please email us at

Yes, you can still apply for your permit in person by visiting our offices at 409 S Main Street, 2nd floor.

Yes, our website uses the latest online security technology to ensure that your information is protected at all times.

No, our online services are offered free of charge. You are only responsible for the cost of your permit and the convenience fee if you pay online.

The Department of Community Development is located on the second floor at 409 S Main Street.

You will be able to pay for your permit application online with a credit card (a convenience fee applies) or in person with cash, check or money order.

Once your application is approved you will be notified by email. When you view your application on the LAMA portal you will see a “Pay Fees” link on the same line as the “View”, “Print Summary”, and “Add to Watch List” links.

When you click on the “Pay Fees” link the fees will be added to your shopping cart, where you will be able to review them before submitting payment. You can pay for up to 10 fees at one time.

If your credit card’s billing address is different than the mailing address you used when you registered for the LAMA portal, please make sure to click the “Specify my billing address” button.

You can look up a permit by the following:

  • Address (street address only – no city, state, or zip code)
  • Licensed contractor name
  • License holder name
  • Reference Code
  • Permit Number

There is no limit to the size of a project when you file an online application. Larger-scale projects may require more documentation, which you can upload with your application or send to your Plan Reviewer once you are assigned one.

Yes. You will receive an email when your permit application is approved. If we need more information before we can approve your permit application, our permit technicians or reviewers will contact you using the email address or phone number you provided when you registered as a LAMA portal user.

You can apply for as many individual permits as you want. You can view the summary of your current and past applications by using the “Your Items” button.

Yes, we are working on adding additional permit types to our online application website.

As soon as your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that we received your application. One of our permit technicians will review your application and if it is complete, he/she will process it. In some cases, permit technicians will need additional information and/or clarification regarding your application and will contact you. You will receive a notification email as soon as a decision has been made regarding your application.

All that’s left before your permit can be issued is payment. You can pay online using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, or you can bring in cash, check or money order. As soon as your permit is paid, you’ll be able to download and print your permit document.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover via the LAMA Portal. You can also pay in person with cash, check or money order.

The convenience fee for credit card payments is 3.5% of the total permit fees. This is added to all credit card payments by the credit card processing vendor.

Once the application is approved and fees are paid, you can download your permit from the completed payment page. You can also find it again any time by finding the permit in Your Items and clicking the “Downloads” link beneath the permit header.
About This Site

The Harrisonburg Permits Web Portal allows the community to apply, track, and search for permits throughout the City of Harrisonburg.

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Department of Planning & Community Development
409 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801