The accompanying files are abstracted from the earliest known surviving building permits in the Fredericksburg Planning Office. These should correlate with the changes in values in the yearly land tax assessments of these properties. The land tax books are available for viewing in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, annex.
It is important to keep in mind that the City of Fredericksburg was growing in area during this time period. There was a major expansion of the City in 1942, 1952, and 1957. In those areas of annexation subdivisions had already begun and many buildings were previously built in Spotsylvania County, prior to annexation. The land books for those years exist in the Spotsylvania County Clerk's office.
The surviving Fredericksburg building permits are from two time periods. To see an explanation of the listing of 1947-1949 lists please scroll to the bottom of this file.
In January 1950, the City of Fredericksburg changed to printed carbon forms. The building permit applications (to build new, repair, or modification) are now combined into a single form titled Permit to Construct, Alter or Repair. The carbon copies survive from 1950 to 1960. In addition a perforated separable form "Plumbing Permit" was now in use.
I have not created a plumbing permit index, perhaps we should. As I started making these files I tried to sort by permit number. This was roughly sequential, but hardly rigorous. It suggests to me that the office now was permanently staffed (Mr. C. H. Hubble signed most of the requests) and the carbons made a double-entry system unnecessary. These I have entered by lot number (lot numbers were south to north, west to east). The information on the form is much more technical, but much less frequently completed.
Building to property line information
joist, rafter, and stud sizes and spans
Wired for Power
the explanation section
Permits were signed by
Address of Applicant (this is often the contractor)
and Approval officer
The reverse side of the form had a generic street view to annotate with a drawing. This was rarely done. The reverse also had a place for
These last lines were only completed on the Permits from 1950 and very occasionally after that.
The building permits for 1947-1949 are not known to have survived. However, during this period a list of the properties for which permits were issued was sent episodically to the Commissioner of Revenue office so that the land tax values could be adjusted. These pages were temporary lists and not intended for public use. However from the copies of these lists surviving the accompanying file of building permits have been assembled. Although the lists were separated into "permits to build" and "permits to modity and repair" only a single file has been created. However, the lists for 1948 included on most pages the number of the permit, information that was not transmitted in 1947 or 1949. The file has a slightly different format because the information available was not as complete or consistent as the copies of the permit themselves. This file is included because it helps fill out the building practices of an active time of expansion and change in the built environment of the City.
Last Update: 9 January 2014
Entered by: Gary Stanton, Department of Historic Preservation
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