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Building Code Interpretations (Current)


The International Code Council publishes Interpretation Manuals for the International Codes. Contact the International Code Council (888-699-0541), or visit the Council's website to purchase the relevant manual.

The Virginia State Technical Review Board issues interpretations for the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). Contact the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development at 804-371-7170 or visit the website.

The Prince William County Building Official issues interpretations to clarify the technical requirements of the VUSBC. Interpretations are typically issued as a result of a specific question from citizens, contractors, or County staff. If an individual disagrees with an interpretation, an appeal can be filed with the Prince William County Board of Building Code Appeals. Following are the interpretations issued by the Prince William County Building Official:


 Number  Description  Code/Section  Issued
 2012-01*  Through-wall Penetration by Structural Members    IBC Chapter 7  07/14/14
 2012-02*  Means of Egress Lighting   IBC Chapter 10  07/14/14
 2012-03*  Exit Discharge - Playground Egress  IBC Section 1008  07/14/14
 2012-04*  Doors - Locks and Latches  IBC Section 1008  07/14/14
​ 2012-05*Permit Required​ IBC Section 109​ 07/14/14
​ 2012-06Egress - Elevated Walkway​ IBC Sections 1003 & 1009​ 08/24/16
​ 2012-07Accessibility - Virginia Rehab Code​ IEBC Sections 705.2 & 1012.8.2​ 11/18/16
​ 2012-08Accessibility - Virginia Rehab Code​ IEBC Sections 705.2, 1010, & 1012.8.2​ 11/21/16
​ 2012-09Accessibility - Virginia Rehab Code​ IEBC Section 705.2​ 12/05/16


*Note: The asterisk (*) next to interpretations above indicates an interpretation that was issued under a previous edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and has been updated to be consistent with the current Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The previous interpretations can be viewed at Building Code Interpretations (Archive).


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