Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

 

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) establishes the minimum safety requirements for buildings and structures, as well as the administrative process and procedures for enforcing the code. For the technical requirements, the VUSBC adopts by reference the applicable codes listed in the table below.
 
 2009 VUSBC referenced Codes include 2012 VUSBC referenced Codes include
 2009 International Building Code 2012 International Building Code
 2009 International Residential Code 2012 International Residential Code
 2009 International Mechanical Code 2012 International Mechanical Code
 2009 International Plumbing Code  2012 International Plumbing Code
 2009 International Energy Conservation Code ​​ 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
 2009 International Fuel Gas Code ​ 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
 2008 National Electrical Code ​ 2011 National Electrical Code
 2003 ICC/ANSI A117.1 for Accessibility Standards ​ 2009 ICC/ANSI A117.1 for Accessibility Standards
 2009 International Existing Building Code ​ 2012 International Existing Building Code
 
For more information, access the free, read only versions of the Virginia Building Code Regulations for 2009 code books and 2012 code books.
 

Adoption of the 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code went into effect on July 14, 2014.
 

Transition from the 2009 to the 2012 VUSBC

A 12 month transition period will be in effect from July 14, 2014* through July 13, 2015, during which time permit applicants have the option to choose either the 2009 VUSBC or the 2012 VUSBC The plans/construction documents  shall specify the VUSBC code year that is used for the design of the project,  and shall not intermix code years.
 
Starting on July 14, 2015, all Prince William County construction permit applications must be compliant with the 2012 VUSBC.
 
Code Interpretations and Policies & Procedures written in previous code years will remain unchanged, regardless of the date they were written, provided the intent remains applicable to the current code.
 
Web pages will state the different VUSBC and definitions where applicable.
 
*Please note: The Building Development Division is continuing to update all documents and forms to be consistent with the 2012 VUSBC, and the updated information will be posted on the County's Web site as it becomes available. If you would like to submit a permit application/plan under the 2012 VUSBC in advance of the forms being updated, please contact Mr. Siavash Shahrzad, Chief of Plan Review, at BDD@pwcgov.org or 703-792-7462.