Virginia Building Code, Permit, Energy Code & Licensing Information
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
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: http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/va-building-codes/building-and-fire-codes/regulations/virginia-state-building-fire-codes-archives.html
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.
|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||https://www.dpor.virginia.gov/node/6|
|State Energy Code Information||
2015 IECC with Virginia State Amendments. ASHRAE 2007
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