State of Virginia
The 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (USBC) went into effective on July 14, 2014. However, users of the code are permitted to utilize the 2009 USBC for a one-year period after the effective date for the design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems. This one-year period expires on July 14, 2015.
The 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (USBC) is comprised of three parts; construction code, rehabilitation code and maintenance code. The 2012 USBC references the 2011 National Electrical Code. The Virginia Rehabilitation Code contains optional regulations specific to the rehabilitation of existing buildings that may be used as an acceptable alternative to the Virginia Construction Code. The purpose of the Virginia Rehabilitation Code is to facilitate the rehabilitation of vacant, substandard or unsafe residential and commercial structures. The Virginia Maintenance Code provides regulations to protect occupants of existing buildings and structures from health and safety hazards arising from the improper maintenance and use of those buildings and structures. Any local government may enforce the Virginia Maintenance Code and may assign enforcement responsibility to a local agency of its choice.
The regulatory process for the development of the 2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (USBC) will begin late 2015 or early 2016.
Contact: Bryan Holland, Bryan.Holland@nema.org