Adaptive reuse is the process of changing the use of an existing building for any purpose other than it was originally designed for. This change of use requires a building permit and a certificate of occupancy/non-residential use permit to be issued even if no alterations are required. The Adaptive Reuse Program seeks to promote the reuse of existing buildings by providing incentives, guidance, and reduced review timeframe.
Change of Use and the Virginia Existing Building Code
For a change of use the Virginia Existing Building Code provides an alternative to full compliance with the code for new buildings while ensuring adequate life safety, health, and welfare are provided. The code defines a change of use as a change in the purpose or level of activity within a building that involves a change in application of the requirements of the code.