Building and Fire Code Change Process

Program Contacts
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The regulatory process for the 2015 Virginia Codes will begin late 2015 or early 2016. Please check back for updates. 2015 Code Change Form

The 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (USBC) is effective July 14, 2014. Applicants may choose to utilize the 2009 USBC for a one-year period after the effective date. The 2012 Virginia State publications are located here.

The final regulations for the 2012 Virginia code update process have been published in the April 7, 2014 Virginia Register. The publication of the regulations starts a 30-day final period, and any petitions for reconsideration, which may be filed, will be identified at the May meeting of the Board of Housing and Community Development. The effective date of the 2012 Virginia Codes will be July 14, 2014. Code sections under petition may be suspended as necessary until resolution. The regulations published in the Virginia Register can be found here.

These regulations are the culmination of a two-year process, which included 12 work group meetings of a wide array of stakeholders from various organizations, industries and agencies participated. In addition to the workgroup meetings, there were eight sub-work groups that worked on specific technical issues before they were vetted at the work group meetings.


Process overview

You will find information outlining the typical steps of the code change cycle process for updating building and fire regulations in the linked document Code Change Process.

Program Resources

2012 Code Change Cycle

2009 Code Change Cycle

Helpful Links

2012 Code Publications and Regulations

2009 Code Publications and Regulations

Archived Codes and Regulations