Building Codes

**The 2015 International Codes went into effect as of September 4, 2018. A one-year period is in effect that provides permit applicants a choice of complying with the existing 2012 codes or the 2015 codes. The applicant shall state which Code Cycle they are using when they make application. ** Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

The City of Fredericksburg's Building Code, like all jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia is actually The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).

The current editions of the model codes that make up the USBC are:

  • 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, (USBC)
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2012 International Building Code (as amended), (IBC)
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Accessibility Regulations 2009: IBC Chapter 11
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • Code of Virginia Asbestos Regulations 36-99.7, USBC 110.3
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2012 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
  • 2011 National Electrical Code NEC (EC)

International Code

The 2012 Virginia Construction Codes may be viewed at the International Code Council website. (link to )


Codebooks may be purchased from the International Code Council website.

Copies of the current 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) administrative section with amendments, are available free of charge from the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA).