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Building Development Division
Policies & Procedures

 

Policies and procedures have been developed to clarify the process for complying with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The policies and procedures are organized as follows:

Administrative/General: These policies and procedures have broad application to the development and building process. These policies and procedures may apply to administrative requirements; residential and commercial construction; or the plan review permitting and inspection process.

Commercial: These policies and procedures apply to the commercial development and building process where projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the International Building Code.

Residential Plan Review: These policies and procedures apply to the design and plan review process for residential one and two family dwellings where projects are designed in accordance with the International Residential Code.

Residential Inspections: These policies and procedures apply to the construction and inspection process for residential one and two family dwellings where projects designed in accordance with the International Residential Code.

If you have questions or need clarifications on the policies and procedures contact us at BDD@pwcgov.org or 703-792-6930. 

 

 SECTION

 EFFECTIVE
DATE

 1. Administrative/General

 

         1.05.    Amusement Device Permits/Inspections

08/22/2019

​         1.07.    Building Code Exemption - Farm Structures​  08/12/2019
         1.1.      Building Code Interpretations (Web page)

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         1.2.      Building Development Fee Schedule 

08/06/2019

         1.3.      Development Services ePortal (Web portal)

11/12/14

         1.4.      Building Pad Certification

07/01/2009

         1.5.      Commercial Partial Permitting Process for Shell Buildings

11/12/2015

         1.6.      Contact Information Form

05/09/2014

         1.6.3.   Electrical and Plumbing Inspection Certification Program

02/13/2015

​         1.6.4.   Electrical Generators Permitting and Inspections

11/14/2019

         1.6.5.   Equipment/Furniture Storage Request

04/01/2010

​         1.6.7.   Fire Resistance Ratings Methods

05/22/2019

​         1.6.9.   Gas Fired Tankless Water Heaters​10/29/2020
         1.7.      Inspections – Field Revisions 

05/22/2019

         1.8.      Inspections – Not Ready for Inspection 

10/15/2009

         1.9.      Inspections – Posting Permits 

10/10/2003

         1.10.    Inspections – Scheduling Overtime Inspections 

07/01/2009

         1.11.    Registered Design Professional Sealing of Plans 

01/06/2020

         1.12.    Retaining Wall Safety Devices 

07/19/2019

         1.13.    Soils - Use of Lime during Construction 

09/04/2007

         1.13.5. Soils - Expansive Soil

01/09/2009

         1.13.7. Solar Energy Systems

05/06/2011

         1.14.    Special Inspections Manual 

10/26/2015

         1.14.3. Special Inspections - Submission of Electronic Documents

11/01/2009

         1.14.5. Special Inspections - Field Revisions

04/07/2011

         1.15.    Story Above Grade Plane 

07/19/2019

         1.16.    Third Party Building Inspection Certification Program 

10/29/2019

         1.17.    Third Party Inspection Certification Program (Leftover Inspections) 

05/05/2006

         1.18.    Third Party Inspection Certification Program for Minor Critical Projects

07/01/2009

 2. Commercial

 

​         2.05.  Commercial Project Management Program

11/01/2013

         2.1.    Building Plan Review Priority Processing 
10/15/2009
         2.2.    Expedited Plan Review Program 

11/12/2015

         2.3.    Resubmission-Revision Policy 

01/18/2012

         2.4.    Joint Occupancy Evaluation (JOE) Program 

04/25/2019

         2.5.    Framing and Rough-In Permit 

11/12/2015

         2.6.    Insulation Inspections 

02/18/2002

         2.7.    Posting of Occupant Load 

07/01/2009

         2.8.    New Commercial Buildings and First Generation Tenant Space

07/15/2008

         2.9.    Covered Mall Buildings - Kiosks and Carts

 07/19/2019

         2.10.  Spray-on Fireproofing

04/07/2011

​         2.11.  Address Validation Requirements​02/04/2013
​         2.12.  Existing Radio/Cell Towers New/Replacement Antenna Installation01/22/2020​
​         2.13.  Data Center Buildings​04/05/2021
 3. Residential Plan Review & Permits

 

         3.1.   General

 

                  3.1.1.  Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria 

12/20/2020

                  3.1.2.  Deck Construction – Permit Requirement 

08/22/2019

                  3.1.3.  Framing Plans for Conventional Lumber and I-Joist 

07/01/2009

                  3.1.4.  Framing Plans for Wood Trusses Metal Plate Connected 

08/28/2015

                  3.1.5.  Master File Plan Program 

03/04/2016

                  3.1.6.  Waived Plan Review Program 

07/01/2009

​                  3.1.7. Residential Electronic Trade Permits​07/15/2020
         3.2.   Building

 

                  3.2.1.  Deck Stairway Illumination 

08/22/2019

                  3.2.2.  Structural Slabs 

10/29/2019

                  3.2.3.  Foundations and Brick Ledges 

11/01/2006

                  3.2.4.  Property Line Encroachment 

07/19/2019

                  3.2.5.  Treated Lumber Hardware 

Deleted

         3.3.   Electrical – Load Calculation 

07/01/2009

                  3.3.1.   Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems​07/01/2019

             4. Residential Inspections

 

         4.1.   General

 

                  4.1.1.  Deck Inspection Access 

11/15/2011

                  4.1.2.  Drywall Stocking 

09/11/2003

         4.2.   Building

 

                  4.2.1.  Master File Plans Inspection Summary Sheet 

05/01/2001

                  4.2.2.  Foundation Drainage Systems 

07/01/2009

                  4.2.3.  Foundation Backfill 

07/01/2009

                  4.2.4.  Protection from Ice Damming 

11/15/2011

                  4.2.5.  Under Stair Protection 

Deleted

                  4.2.6.  Structural Foundation Repairs 

07/01/2009

                  4.2.7.  Brick Veneer Inspection

02/13/2015

​                  4.2.8.  Residential Floor Framing Inspections​ 01/15/2019
         4.3.   Electrical Service

 

                  4.3.1.  Electrical Service Inspection 

10/10/2003

                  4.3.2.  Panel Installation 

07/01/2009

                  4.3.3   Concrete Encased Electrode Inspection

08/15/2009

         4.4.   Mechanical/Gas

 

                  4.4.1.  Certified Gas Drawings 

11/16/2006

                  4.4.2.  Duct Inspections 

07/01/2009

                  4.4.3.  Energy Conservation 

Deleted

                  4.4.4.  Existing Chimney/Vent Inspection

06/22/2018

         4.5.   Plumbing

 

                  4.5.1.  Areaway Drains 

10/10/2003

                  4.5.2.  Water Meter Crocks 

07/30/2016

​                  4.5.3.  Grinder Pump Tank Installation Third Party Inspection Program  ​08/19/2016

 

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