Codes & Standards

All jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) 2012 edition effective July 14, 2014.

The model codes and supplements listed below may be purchased directly from the International Code Council (ICC) or at the online store for 2012 products. The ICC model codes referenced in the USBC are as follows:
  • 2011 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • 2012 ICC International Building Code
  • 2012 ICC International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 ICC International Existing Buildings Code
  • 2012 ICC International Fire Code
  • 2012 ICC International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 ICC International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 ICC International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 ICC International Residential Code
  • 2010 National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72-10)
  • 2010 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13-10)


The USBC parts one and two have administrative provisions that replace chapter one of the model codes referenced and they provide state technical amendments to the referenced model codes. Jurisdictions may not make further amendments to the USBC.

Further standards are referenced in the codes above for various aspects of design. Note that the state may adopt code editions other than those listed in Chapter 35 of the IBC.