Stafford County seeks to simplify a complicated subject such as building construction with online resources and devoted staff - To ensure citizens are provided with safe and code compliant structures - Staff is prepared to address the most difficult code topics with contractors, tradesmen and homeowners with equal diligence.
Codes and Standards
The Commonwealth of Virginia adopted the 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), which went into effect on July 14, 2014. The USBC allows applicants to use the 2009 code until July 14, 2015.
The USBC references the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) as the official residential building code for Virginia. In turn, the 2012 IRC references the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) for all electrical issues. Some residential issues not addressed in the IRC will have to be constructed under the applicable International Building Code reference, approved referenced standard or Stafford County policy for the proposed work. Stafford County policies are not created to supercede the above referenced codes, but are intended to clarify and illustrate the existing adopted model codes.