Current Building Codes 

Building Codes

The Inspections Division oversees permitting and inspections by use of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). The provisions of the VUSBC 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 VUSBC through a regulatory process known as incorporation by reference.  The USBC also contains administrative provisions governing the use of the model codes and establishing requirements for the enforcement of the code by the local building departments and other code enforcement agencies. The current version of the USBC is known as the 2018 Edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and was effective throughout Virginia on July 1, 2021.


2018 Virginia Construction Code

2018 Virginia Residential Code


2018 Virginia Existing Building Code


2018 Virginia Maintenance Code


2018 Virginia Energy Conservation Code


2018 Virginia Fuel Gas Code


2018 Virginia Mechanical Code


2018 Virginia Plumbing Code


2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code


2018 Virginia Building and Fire Codes Related Regulations


2018 International Fire Code


2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

Other Information
Design Wind Speed:                    89 mph, exposure B
Seismic Design Category:            A
Ground Snow Load:                     20 psf
Frost Depth:                                 12 inches
Shrink/Swell Percentages:           less than 20%    
Soil Bearing Pressure:                 (if county standard) N/A