At its September 10 meeting, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved a staff proposal for a streamlined Secondhand Building Materials Permit process for residents. The permit requirement to buy or sell secondhand building materials is in response to State of Virginia legislation that went into effect for all localities July 1, 2013.
Effective immediately, this permit is required for persons who may occasionally sell secondhand building fixtures, but do not exceed 600 pounds of material or 26 transactions over the course of a year. This permit can be downloaded and printed from the Roanoke County website, and printed copies are available at the Roanoke County Police Department, Roanoke County Public Library locations, the Roanoke County Treasurer’s Office, Roanoke County Attorney’s Office, and the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office.
There is no charge for this permit, but a printed copy of the form must be completed each time an individual takes materials to a scrapyard.
Persons who regularly sell secondhand building fixtures that total over 600 pounds of material or 26 transactions over the course of a year are considered junk dealers. To become a junk dealer you must apply for an annual permit with the Roanoke County Police Department. An application to become a junk dealer is also available on Roanoke County's website, along with a transaction form junk dealers must submit to Roanoke County Police.