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