The purpose of the Building Codes is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency operations.
Effective September 3, 2018, builders are allowed to use the 2012 or 2015 VA codes. As of September 3, 2019, the 2015 VA codes must be used.
All other permits issued under the previous code editions are allowed to be completed following the requirements of said code editions.
NOTE: Section R501.3 of the Virginia Residential Code has been deleted. An errata will be posted on the DHCD and ICC websites to correct the already published codes. Please click here for more information.
2012 Virginia Residential Code (Building systems requirements for one and two-family dwellings)
2012 Virginia Construction Code (Design criteria for buildings other than one and two-family dwellings)
2009 ICC/ANSI A 117.1 (Accessibility requirements for commercial buildings)
2012 Virginia Fuel Gas Code (natural gas and liquid propane piping systems)
2012 Virginia (Statewide) Fire Prevention Code (Enforced by the Fire Marshal after the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.)
2012 Virginia Rehabilitation Code (New code; required for maintaining minimum safety standards in existing buildings undergoing repair, renovation or change of use.)
Note: These codes also refer to a number of standards which becomes part of the Virginia adopted codes. (Example: NFPA 13 sprinkler system standard referenced often in the VCC) The standards required are listed in the appendix of each code. Codes listed above are available for sale at: http://shop.iccsafe.org/state-and-local-codes/virginia.html. The same building codes are used throughout Virginia (back to top)
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
Frost depth 18”
Winter Design Temp 16° F
Air Freezing Index 273
Mean Annual Temperature 56.8° F
Decay Region Slight/Moderate