FAQs: Wall Bracing Applicability

Does Fairfax County require an added inspection for wall bracing elements such as sheathing, framing and nailing prior to the house or addition being wrapped?

No. Wall bracing elements will be inspected during the framing inspection.

What are the requirements for wall bracing if I construct an enclosed room atop my deck?

The walls of your new room must meet the current wall bracing requirements. However, the posts of the deck below must be designed by a registered design professional to resist the new applied lateral loads.

Can I construct a two-story, balloon-framed braced wall panel using the prescriptive requirements of the code?

No. The maximum height of a braced wall panel using the Virginia Residential Code is 12 feet.

More Questions?

Please contact Building Plan Review via email or telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711. You may also consult the Wall Bracing publication.

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