VIRGINIA

Page updated as of November 2018

State 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

Current State Codes and Edition Adopted: Effective 9-4-2018

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 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(USBC) 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

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No apparent amendments.

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