Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) – Codes & Standards

The following is a guide for construction design parameters and code editions.

TYPE CODE/EDITION STATE AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE DATE *
Commercial Building Code Virginia Construction Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Residential Building, Energy, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Gas Code Virginia Residential Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Existing Building Code Virginia Existing Building Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Electrical Code NFPA National Electrical Code/2017 YES 7/1/2021
Commercial Mechanical Code Virginia Mechanical Code/2018 Virginia Fuel Gas Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Commercial Plumbing & Gas Code Virginia Plumbing Code/2018 Virginia Fuel Gas Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Fire Alarm Code NFPA-72/16 YES 7/1/2021
Sprinkler Code NFPA-13/16 YES 7/1/2021
Accessibility Virginia Building Code/2018 ICC/ANSI A117.1/2009 YES 7/1/2021
Energy Conservation (Commercial Buildings) Virginia Energy Conservation Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Property Maintenance Code Virginia Property Maintenance Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021

*Until July 1, 2022, the applicant for a permit could choose whether to comply with the provisions of the current code or the provisions of the 2015 code.

Residential
Commercial