State of Virginia
The final regulations for the
2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), 2015 Virginia Amusement
Device Regulations (VADR), and the 2015 Virginia Industrialized Building Safety
Regulations (IBSR) have been approved by the Virginia Board of Housing and
Community Development with an effective date of September 4, 2018. The
2015 USBC includes adoption of the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), as
published. The state publications are posted on the DHCD website and can be
The custom versions of the national model codes that incorporate Virginia
amendments are in the process of being published by the International Code
Council (ICC) and are on schedule to be available in late fall.
As in past update cycles, a
one-year period is in effect that provides permit applicants a choice of
complying with the existing 2012 codes or the updated 2015 codes. This
provision will expire on September 3, 2019.
Please note that the 2015
Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) is on a different timeline and
is tentatively anticipated to have an effective date of October 16, 2018.
Contact: Bryan Holland,