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Building Development Division

Policies & Procedures

Policies and procedures have been developed to clarify the process for complying with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The policies and procedures are organized as follows:

Administrative/General: These policies and procedures have broad application to the development and building process. These policies and procedures may apply to administrative requirements; residential and commercial construction; or the plan review permitting and inspection process.

Commercial: These policies and procedures apply to the commercial development and building process where projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the International Building Code.

Residential Plan Review: These policies and procedures apply to the design and plan review process for residential one and two family dwellings where projects are designed in accordance with the International Residential Code.

Residential Inspections: These policies and procedures apply to the construction and inspection process for residential one and two family dwellings where projects designed in accordance with the International Residential Code.

If you have questions or need clarifications on the policies and procedures contact us at [email protected] or 703-792-6930.

SECTION EFFECTIVE DATE
1. Administrative/General  
1.05. Amusement Device Permits/Inspections 08/22/2019
1.07. Building Code Exemption - Farm Structures 08/12/2019
1.1. Building Code Interpretations (Web page) -
1.2. Building Development Fee Schedule 07/01/2021
1.3. Development Services ePortal (Web portal) 11/12/14
1.4. Building Pad Certification 07/01/2009
1.5. Commercial Partial Permitting Process for Shell Buildings 11/12/2015
1.6. Contact Information Form 05/09/2014
1.6.3. Electrical and Plumbing Inspection Certification Program 03/13/2015
1.6.4. Electrical Generators Permitting and Inspections 11/14/2019
1.6.5. Equipment/Furniture Storage Request 04/01/2010
1.6.7. Fire Resistance Ratings Methods 05/22/2019
1.6.9. Gas Fired Tankless Water Heaters 10/29/2020
1.7. Inspections – Field Revisions 05/22/2019
1.8. Inspections – Not Ready for Inspection 10/15/2009
1.9. Inspections – Posting Permits 10/10/2003
1.10. Inspections – Scheduling Overtime Inspections 07/01/2009
1.11. Registered Design Professional Sealing of Plans 01/06/2020
1.12. Retaining Wall Safety Devices 07/19/2019
1.13. Soils - Use of Lime during Construction 09/04/2007
1.13.5. Soils - Expansive Soil 01/09/2009
1.13.7. Solar Energy Systems 09/07/2021
1.14. Special Inspections Manual 10/26/2015
1.14.3. Special Inspections - Submission of Electronic Documents 11/01/2009
1.14.5. Special Inspections - Field Revisions 04/07/2011
1.15. Story Above Grade Plane 07/19/2019
1.16. Third Party Building Inspection Certification Program 10/29/2019
1.17. Third Party Inspection Certification Program (Leftover Inspections) 05/05/2006
1.18. Third Party Inspection Certification Program for Minor Critical Projects 11/07/2011
2. Commercial  
2.05. Commercial Project Management Program 11/01/2013
2.1. Building Plan Review Priority Processing 10/15/2009
2.2. Expedited Plan Review Program 11/12/2015
2.3. Resubmission-Revision Policy 01/18/2012
2.4. Joint Occupancy Evaluation (JOE) Program 04/25/2019
2.5. Framing and Rough-In Permit 11/12/2015
2.6. Insulation Inspections 06/26/2019
2.7. Posting of Occupant Load 06/26/2019
2.8. New Commercial Buildings and First Generation Tenant Space 07/15/2008
2.9. Covered Mall Buildings - Kiosks and Carts 07/19/2019
2.10. Spray-on Fireproofing 04/07/2011
2.11. Address Validation Requirements 04/26/2021
2.12. Existing Radio/Cell Towers New/Replacement Antenna Installation 01/22/2020
2.13. New Structure - Data Center Buildings 04/05/2021
3. Residential Plan Review & Permits  
3.1. General  
3.1.1. Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria 12/20/2020
3.1.2. Deck Construction – Permit Requirement 08/22/2019
3.1.3. Framing Plans for Conventional Lumber and I-Joist 07/01/2009
3.1.4. Framing Plans for Wood Trusses Metal Plate Connected 08/28/2015
3.1.5. Master File Plan Program 03/04/2016
3.1.6. Waived Plan Review Program 04/26/2021
3.1.7. Residential Electronic Trade Permits 07/15/2020
3.2. Building  
3.2.1. Deck Stairway Illumination 08/22/2019
3.2.2. Structural Slabs 10/29/2019
3.2.3. Foundations and Brick Ledges 11/01/2006
3.2.4. Property Line Encroachment 07/19/2019
3.2.5. Treated Lumber Hardware Deleted
3.3. Electrical – Load Calculation 07/01/2009
3.3.1. Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems 07/01/2019
4. Residential Inspections  
4.1. General  
4.1.1. Deck Inspection Access 10/30/2019
4.1.2. Drywall Stocking 09/11/2003
4.2. Building  
4.2.1. Master File Plans Inspection Summary Sheet 05/01/2001
4.2.2. Foundation Drainage Systems 07/01/2009
4.2.3. Foundation Backfill 07/01/2009
4.2.4. Protection from Ice Damming 11/15/2011
4.2.5. Under Stair Protection Deleted
4.2.6. Structural Foundation Repairs 07/01/2009
4.2.7. Brick Veneer Inspection 03/13/2015
4.2.8. Residential Floor Framing Inspections 01/15/2019
4.3. Electrical Service  
4.3.1. Electrical Service Inspection 10/10/2003
4.3.2. Panel Installation 07/01/2009
4.3.3 Concrete Encased Electrode Inspection 08/15/2009
4.4. Mechanical/Gas  
4.4.1. Certified Gas Drawings 06/26/2019
4.4.2. Duct Inspections 07/01/2009
4.4.3. Energy Conservation Deleted
4.4.4. Existing Chimney/Vent Inspection 06/22/2018
4.5. Plumbing  
4.5.1. Areaway Drains 10/10/2003
4.5.2. Water Meter Crocks 07/30/2016
4.5.3. Grinder Pump Tank Installation Third Party Inspection Program 08/19/2016