The homeowner may obtain permits and perform their work. If you hire a state-licensed contractor to perform the work, it is strongly recommended that the contractor obtain the permits and be listed as the responsible party. If a contractor will be performing the work, the contractor must provide proof of a valid Virginia State Contractor's License and a copy of the appropriate business license. This will allow us to better assist you in code compliance issues for defective work. Remember, the job is not finished until all the final inspections have been approved.