Fire Prevention Code

2012 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code Title Page

Overview. The Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC), simply referred to as the Fire Prevention Code, is a state regulation promulgated by the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development (BHCD) in cooperation with the Virginia Fire Services Board (VFSB) , both Governor-appointed boards. The purpose of the regulation is to establish statewide standards to safeguard life and property from the hazards of fire or explosion arising from the improper maintenance of life safety and fire prevention and protection materials, devices, systems and structures and the unsafe storage handling, and use of substances, materials and devices, including fireworks, explosives and blasting agents, wherever located.

Fairfax County enforces this state regulation.

Enforcement Authority. Pursuant to §62-2-6 of the Fairfax County Code , the Office of the Fire Marshal (i.e., Fire Prevention Division of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) is authorized to enforce the Fire Prevention Code. Furthermore, in accordance with §27-97 of the Code of Virginia, Fairfax County is empowered to adopt fire prevention regulations that are more restrictive or more extensive in scope (i.e., County Amendments), and may establish such procedures or requirements as may be necessary for the administration and enforcement of the Fire Prevention Code. The more restrictive or extensive regulations and local administration and enforcement provisions or requirements are contained within §62-2-8 of the Fairfax County Code.

Fairfax County is authorized to enforce the Fire Prevention Code in Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna.

County Amendments. A review of County amendments to the SFPC is currently underway. It is expected that local amendments to the 2012 SFPC will be adopted later this year. County amendments to the 2009 edition of the SFPC are available for viewing in a single, printable PDF document.

Right of Appeal. In accordance with Section 112.5 of the Fire Prevention Code, the owner of a structure, the owner’s agent or any other person involved in the design, construction or maintenance of the structure may appeal a decision of the fire official concerning the application of the SFPC or the fire official’s refusal to grant modification under Section 106.5 to the provisions of the SFPC. Detailed information about the appeals process may be found online at:

Public Access. The chapters and sections of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) listed above should be available for viewing in the near future and will include, for the first time, limited search and print features in Portable Document Format (PDF).

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  • Title Page  ||   Preface  ||   Table of Contents  ||   Code Index  ||   Referenced Standards 
  • Chapter 1 - Administration
  • Chapter 2 - Definitions
  • Chapter 3 - General Requirements
  • Chapter 4 - Emergency Planning and Preparedness
  • Chapter 5 - Fire Service Features
  • Chapter 6 - Building Services and Systems
  • Chapter 7 - Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction
  • Chapter 8 - Interior Finish, Decorative Materials and Furnishings
  • Chapter 9 - Fire Protection Systems
  • Chapter 10 - Means of Egress
  • Chapter 11 - Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings (Deleted)
  • Chapter 12 through 19 - Reserved
  • Chapter 20 - Aviation Facilities
  • Chapter 21 - Dry Cleaning
  • Chapter 22 - Combustible Dust-Producing Operations
  • Chapter 23 - Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages
  • Chapter 24 - Flammable Finishes
  • Chapter 25 - Fruit and Crop Ripening
  • Chapter 26 - Fumigation and Thermal Insecticidal Fogging
  • Chapter 27 - Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities
  • Chapter 28 - Lumber Yards and Woodworking Facilities
  • Chapter 29 - Manufacture of Organic Coatings
  • Chapter 30 - Industrial Ovens
  • Chapter 31 - Tents and Other Membrane Structures
  • Chapter 32 - High-Piled Combustible Storage
  • Chapter 33 - Fire Safety During Construction and Demolition
  • Chapter 34 - Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage
  • Chapter 35 - Welding and Other Hot Work
  • Chapter 36 - Marinas
  • Chapter 37 through 49 - Reserved
  • Chapter 50 - Hazardous Materials-General Provisions
  • Chapter 51 - Aerosols
  • Chapter 52 - Combustible Fibers
  • Chapter 53 - Compressed Gases
  • Chapter 54 - Corrosive Materials
  • Chapter 55 - Cryogenic Fluids
  • Chapter 56 - Explosives and Fireworks
  • Chapter 57 - Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Chapter 58 - Flammable Gases and Flammable Cryogenic Fluids
  • Chapter 59 - Flammable Solids
  • Chapter 60 - Highly Toxic and Toxic Materials
  • Chapter 61 - Liquefied Petroleum Gases
  • Chapter 62 - Organic Peroxides
  • Chapter 63 - Oxidizers, Oxidizing Gases and Oxidizing Cryogenic Fluids
  • Chapter 64 - Pyrophoric Materials
  • Chapter 65 - Pyroxylin (Cellulose Nitrate) Plastics
  • Chapter 66 - Unstable (Reactive) Materials
  • Chapter 67 - Water-Reactive Solids and Liquids
  • Chapter 68 through 79 - Reserved
  • Chapter 80 - Referenced Standards 

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