AIA Northern Virginia
2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code Goes into Effect September 4
Posted Wednesday, August 22

According to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Division of Building and Fire Regulations, the 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, and the Amusement Device Regulations go into effect on September 4, 2018. 

The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development approved the final provisions of the 2015 Virginia USBC on July 30, 2018. State publications on the 2015 regulations are posted on the DHCD website.

The custom versions of the national model codes that incorporate Virginia amendments are in the process of being published by the International Code Council (ICC) and are due to be available late fall. 

As in the past, a one-year period is in effect that provides permit applicants a choice of complying with the existing 2012 codes or the 2015 codes.

Note that the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) is on a different timeline and is tentatively anticipated to have an effective date of October 16, 2018.

Additional information is available at www.aiava.org 



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