Virginia Building Code

Virginia Building Code, Permit, Energy Code & Licensing Information

Updated: 5/23/21

Virginia Construction Code Agency:

State Building Official
Cindy Davis, Deputy Director of Building and Fire Regulation
Department of Housing and Community Development
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 371-7150

Which Virginia Building Code Editions Are Adopted:

The Virginia Building Code is based on the 2015 I-codes. The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC)is updated on a three-year cycle and must be complied with when constructing a new building, structure, or addition to an existing building. The updated codes must also be used when maintaining or repairing an existing building or renovating or changing the use of a building.

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with Virginia State Amendments; ASHRAE 90.1.2007
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2015 International Pool Spa Code (ISPSC)

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code(VUSBC) is a state regulation promulgated by the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development, a Governor-appointed board, for the purpose of establishing minimum regulations to govern the construction and maintenance of buildings and structures.

The provisions of the USBC are based on nationally recognized model building and fire codes published by the International Code Council, Inc. The model codes are made part of the USBC through a regulatory process known as incorporation by reference. The USBC also contains administrative provisions governing the use of the model codes and reestablishing requirements for the enforcement of the code by the local building departments and other code enforcement agencies.

In keeping with the designations of the USBC used previously, since the 2015 editions of the International Codes are incorporated by reference into this version of the USBC, it is known as the 2015 edition of the USBC. Please review the information found here for code adoption:


Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

Codes are primarily adopted and enforced locally. All local jurisdictions can make any amendments they deem necessary in their jurisdictions.

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State Website
State Licensing Anybody who is performing or managing construction, removal, repair, or improvements when the total value of a single project is over $1,000 must obtain a license from DPOR. There are three license classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C:
State Building Code The Virginia Uniform Building Code is based on the 2015 I-codes.
State Licensing Division
State Energy Code Information
2015 IECC with Virginia State Amendments.  ASHRAE 2007
Virginia Building Codes by County
Virginia Construction Codes by County

Additional Building Codes by State

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Building Code
2015 Virginia Uniform Construction Code
2015 International Building Code, IBC
All construction, renovation and maintenance.
Residential Code
2015 Virginia Residential Code
2015 International Residential Code, IRC),
Fire Code
2012 IFC
Electric Code
2015 Virginia Electrical Code
2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)
National Electrical Code, NFPA 70)
Mechanical Code
2015 Virginia Mechanical Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
Plumbing Code
2015 Virginia Plumbing Code
2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
2015 Virginia Fuel Gas Code
2015 International Fuel and Gas Code (IFGC)
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2015 Virginia Energy Conservation Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
Property Maintenance Code
2015 Virginia Maintenance Code
2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
Existing Buildings Code
2015 Virginia Existing Buildings Code
2015 International Existing Buildings Code (IEBC)
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
Accessibility Code
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code
2015 Virginia Building and Fire Code Related Regulations
2015 National Fire Protection Association 101 (NFPA)

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