CURRENT CODES AND SPECIFIC DESIGN CRITERIA

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Building permits submitted on or after September 4, 2019, shall comply with the 2015 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

Permits issued under the previous code editions are allowed to be completed following the requirements of said code editions.

2015 Virginia Codes

Helpful Links/Resources:

2009 Virginia Building Codes 

2012 IBC Commentary Vol. 1; Vol. 2 (be aware of Virginia amendments)

Virginia Building & Code Officials Association

Department of Housing and Community Development 

International Code Council

SPECIFIC DESIGN CRITERIA FOR THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE

Ground snow load                                        30 psf.

Wind speed                                                 115 mph (3 Second Gust)

Spectral Response Acceleration:

  • Ss%g: 20.8% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)
  • S1%g: 6.9% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)

Seismic Design Class                                      B

Weathering                                                  Severe

Frost depth                                                       18”

Termites                                        Moderate/Heavy

Winter Design Temp                                        16° F

Air Freezing Index                                             273

Mean Annual Temperature                           56.8° F

Decay Region                                 Slight/Moderate

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