Land Development Notice


Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia  22035
703-324-1780, TTY 711

July 1, 2014

Adoption of the 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

On July 14, 2014, Virginia will adopt the 2012Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) which references the codes listed below and includes Virginia-specific technical amendments. 

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 International Existing Building Code
  • 2012 International Property Maintenance Code

From July 14, 2014, until July 13, 2015, permit applicants may choose to use the technical provisions of the 2009 or 2012 USBC.  Mixing provisions between the two editions of the code is prohibited.  Beginning July 13, 2015, all applications and plans must meet the 2012 USBC requirements.

The administrative provisions and technical amendments of the USBC are available as a stand-alone document and can be downloaded on the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development website.

Virginia versions of the codes listed above (except the National Electrical Code) which incorporate the Virginia-specific provisions are available for purchase from the International Code Council's online store.

Please note that in the Virginia version of the International Building Code, Chapter 34, Existing Structures, has been deleted in its entirety.  Designers must use the Virginia Rehabilitation Code (Virginia version of International Existing Building Code) for alterations to existing commercial and multi-family buildings.

County-wide masterfile plans designed under the 2009 USBC will no longer be valid after July 13, 2015.  New masterfile plans designed under the 2012 USBC must be submitted and new permits must be obtained prior to that date for all active models. 

For more information, please contact Building Plan Review by email or by telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711.


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