West Virginia Building Code and Licensing Information
West Virginia Building Code Agency:
West Virginia Fire Commission
Office of the State Fire Marshal
1207 Quarrier St., 2nd Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
Fire Website: https://firemarshal.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
State Code Website: https://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVCODE/Code.cfm
Which West Virginia Building Codes are adopted?
- 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Existing Building code (IEBC)
- 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
- 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
- 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)-Residential Buildings
- 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
- 2012 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE
The West Virginia State Fire Commission is responsible for statewide construction codes. The Administrative Procedures Act requires public hearings on the adoption of all codes by the State Fire Commission. When the State Fire Commission proposes to adopt a code, the code is filed with the Secretary of State. The commission conducts a public hearing and can modify the rule with the Secretary of State as and agency-approved rule. The rule is then filed with the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee. Once the rule is approved or modified by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee, it is introduced as a separate bill during the legislative session. Legislation need not be initiated by the State Fire Commission; the legislature can modify the code by proposing legislation at any time during the regular session. Current versions of the I-Code became effective on August 1st, 2016.
|State Licensing||Construction contractors have to be licensed in West Virginia.|
|State Building Code||The State of West Virginia has adopted the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), the 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC), the 20015 International Plumbing Code (IPC), the 20015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC).
West Virginia has designated building codes as statewide codes that local jurisdiction can adopt. The Statewide Fire Marshal’s office reviews building plans for conformance to state fire code.
|State Licensing Division||https://wvlabor.com/newwebsite/pages/index.html|
|State Fire Marshal||https://www.firemarshal.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx|
|State Environmental Permit||https://www.dep.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx|
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