Virginia Building Code

Virginia Building Code, Permit, Energy Code & Licensing Information

Updated: Jan. 25, 2023

Virginia Construction Code Agency:

State Building Official
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 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.

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.


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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Virginia Building Codes by County
Virginia Construction Codes by County

Additional Building Codes by State

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