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May 23, 2014 Red Pin

Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) Update

The Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) is authored and compiled by members of the Engineering Plans Review Branch. The CRP publication provides technical information and procedural guidance to architects, engineers, designers, and installers about document submittal and plan review requirements associated with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), the Fire Prevention Code, and the Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM) for projects requiring fire marshal review and approval.

In addition to document submittal and plan review requirements, the CRP provides installation and acceptance testing guidelines and policies for fire protection equipment and systems as well as detailed guidance related to means of egress locking arrangements, fire lane installations and markings, and aboveground and underground fuel storage tanks. The CRP also includes fire protection and safety requirements for buildings under construction and renovation as well as occupancy requirements for new buildings and alterations to existing buildings as required by the Fairfax County Special Inspections Program (SIP).

For code compliance information not contained within the CRP, consult our code compliance information page for information about operational permits, public safety plans, fire safety and evacuation planning, and other non-construction or non-installation related code compliance topics.

2009 Edition Updated
The 2009 Edition The current edition of the CRP is based on the 2009 USBC and SFPC, as well as current editions of the PFM and SIP, and is known as the 2009 CRP. The 2009 CRP was recently updated to include details related to requirements for fire lane installations and markings. Here is the updated version:

Updated 2009 Code Reference Package (PDF)

2012 Edition in Development
The 2009 CRP is currently undergoing review and update in an anticipation of the incorporation of the 2012 ICC codes into the USBC and Fire Prevention Code in July. Although the 2012 edition of the Virginia building code and fire code will be effective July 14, the 2012 CRP will likely be available by mid-September of this year. For more information about the Virginia 2012 code change process, visit the Virginia DHCD online at:

Virginia Building and Fire Code Change Process

User Feedback Welcome. Users of the CRP publication are encouraged to provide constructive feedback about needed changes and improvements. To provide us with your feedback, call the Engineering Plans Review Branch at 703-246-4806 or simply email us at Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) Update Email Us


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