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January 18, 2019
Code Talk is the podcast where we discuss building code and its impacts on residents and business owners in Fairfax County. Land Development Services ensures that all new building-related construction in Fairfax County meets the life-safety and health standards of all applicable codes such as the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building and county ordinances. One of the divisions within Land Development Services is the Building Division. Brian Foley, director of the Building Division as well as the county’s Building Official, gives us more insight on this division. To find out more information on Land Development Services, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/landdevelopment. To reach the Building Division, call 703-631-5101, TTY 711, or email.
January 9, 2019
By Keith Ruby The work description on the Building Plan Review Cover Sheet is an opportunity for the applicant to “speak to” the plan reviewers and impart important information quickly and easily. For instance, a work description of “update dining area of existing restaurant” tells the plan reviewers this: It is a restaurant It is not a change of occupancy The work is in a primary function area The majority of the work is in the dining area Unfortunately, the vast majority of the time, the work description is completed by the permit runner and provides minimal information. For example, we usually see a work description of “tenant fit-out” which tells us some work is being done in a leased space. This is obvious information that is of little use to the plan reviewers. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that designers, not permit runners, complete the Building Plan Review Cover Sheet, and they should provide as much information as possible, especially in the work description. With a detailed purpose of the renovation known upfront, staff will have a much better understanding of how to proceed with their reviews which can reduce review times and prevent resubmissions.
December 20, 2018
By Keith Ruby The Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC) requires the traditional code analysis to be augmented to determine what code provisions govern. By providing the answers to the questions below on your construction documents will facilitate a timely and complete plan review by county staff and help avoid resubmissions. Question Code Reference What is the purpose of the renovation? Section 201.3 What is the area of the work being performed? Section 103.10 Where are the work areas? Section 103.10 What is the area of the floor where work is being performed? Section 603 What is the total area of work on each floor? Section 603 What is the total floor area of the building? Section 601.2.3 What are the repairs being performed? Section 103.10 What are the alterations being performed? Section 103.10 Are these Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 alterations? Section 103.10 Is there a change of occupancy? Section 103.10 Is this a historic building? Chapter 9 Is this building being moved? Chapter 10 What work is being performed in the primary function area(s)? Section 404.3 Is there an accessible route, including an accessible restroom and drinking fountain, to each affected primary function area? Section 404.3