Fire Prevention Code
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 (known as county amendments) are contained in §62-2-8 of the 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.
- Code Interpretations, Modifications and Appeals
- Building and Fire Code Appeals Application (PDF)
- Board of Building and Fire Prevention Code Appeals
Need a copy of the Code? Both soft cover print and PDF download versions of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) are available for purchase from the International Code Council's online store.
Individual Source Publications:
- International Code Council (ICC)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)
Related Laws, Codes, and Standards:
- About Fairfax County Government
- The Dillon Rule in Virginia
- Code of Virginia
- Fairfax County Code
- Virginia Public Building Safety Regulations (PDF)
- Virginia Building and Fire Code Related Laws (PDF)
- Building & Site Development Codes/Standards
- NFPA Standards
- Zoning Ordinance
- Public Facilities Manual (PFM)
- Special Inspections Program (SIP)
Questions about the Fire Prevention Code may be directed to the Fire Inspections Branch at 703-246-4849, TTY 711
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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