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Building Code Interpretations (Current)


The International Code Council publishes Interpretation Manuals for the International Codes. Contact the International Code Council (888-422-7233), 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
 2015-01  Permit Required  ​IBC/108  03/09/20
 2015-02  Type 1 and 2 Construction - Combustible Materials Allowed - Ceiling Cap  IBC/2015, Section 603  03/09/20
 2015-03  Type 1 and 2 Construction - Combustible Materials Allowed - Furniture  IBC/2015, Section 603  03/09/20
 2015-04  Through Penetrations  IBC/2015, Section 707, 708, 711  03/09/20
​ 2015-05Egress - Elevated Walkway​ IBC Sections 1003 & 1011​ 03/09/20
​ 2015-06Doors - Locks and Latches​ IBC Section 1010​ 03/09/20
​ 2015-07Playground Egress​ IBC Section 1010, 1028​ 03/09/20
​ 2015-08Dining Surfaces IBC/2015, Section 1108.2.9.1​ 03/09/20
​ 2015-09 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities​ ICC A117.1-2009​ 03/09/20


The previous interpretations can be viewed at Building Code Interpretations (Archive).


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