Building and Trade Permits

Overview
Construction permits are required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code in accordance with state law. The purpose of the building code is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, provided that buildings and structures should be permitted to be constructed at the least possible cost consistent with recognized standards of health, safety, energy conservation, and water conservation, including provisions necessary to prevent overcrowding, rodent or insect infestation, and garbage accumulation; and barrier-free provisions for the physically handicapped and aged.

Permits

Additional Information

Applicable Regulations
New Codes in Effect: Effective July 1, 2021, Virginia adopted the 2018 I-codes as referenced in the Virginia Construction Code Part 1 and the 2018 Statewide Fire Prevention Code; and the 2017 National Electrical Code. There is a one year grace period where a builder can choose to use the 2015 I-codes as referenced in the Virginia Construction Code Part 1 and the 2015 Statewide Fire Prevention Code.

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

Update to Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and Statewide Fire Prevention Code effective 9/4/18

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