Informational Documents and Publications

Technical and Informational Documents

Posted 2021

The Statewide Fire Prevention Code vs. the International Fire Code

Accessory Dwelling Units - 2018 USBC

Tiny Houses - 2018 USBC

Virginia Energy Codes Report - Energy code comparison of the 2012-2018 VA Codes

Resiliency Impact Analysis of 2018 USBC

Significant Changes to the 2018 Virginia Codes

Posted 2020

VRC Code Requirements: Carports, Garages and Sheds

Industrialized Building Seals Overview

The Difference between Industrialized and Manufactured Homes Explained

Industrialized Building FAQ

Asbestos Info and FAQ

The Role of the USBC in Lead Paint Hazard Abatement

IRC Wind Speed Changes – 2015 Code Cycle Changes Explained

Letters and Memos

DHCD Memo -  EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) Outreach Letter - September 2020

EPA RRP Outreach Letter to Permitting Officials - September 2020

Revised Assisted Living Facilities Matrix

Emergency Cooling Regulations - May 2019

DHCD MEMO - Application of USBC vs. SFPC - January 2019

Virginia Certification Standards Printing Error - December 2018

Habitable Attics – DHCD Code Opinion - September 2018

Missing Industrialized Building Seals (2) - March 2018

Missing Industrialized Building Seals - February 2018

House Bill 2203 - Notice of Violation (NOV) to Tenants in Manufactured Home Parks - August 2017

Whole House Mechanical Ventilation FAQ  - July 2015

Code Interpretation Information

2015 Code Cycle

2015 VCC - Under-stair Protection (1-2021)

2015 VCC - Witnessing of Elevator Tests Interpretation (1-2020)

2015 VCC - Cell Tower Antenna Interpretation (2-2019)

2015 VA Plumbing Code - Water Dispenser Interpretation (3-2019)

2015 VCC - Solar Farm Interpretation (1-2019)

2012/2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code Interpretation – Clear Zone (1-2017)

*Note that the number shown parenthesis is the Technical Review Board Interpretation Number



COVID-19 Extension Form - NAARSO

Revised Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) Licensing Form

Landlord Smoke Detector Certification Form


Reports and Publications

BFR Brochure

2020 BFR Annual Report

2019 BFR Annual Report

2018 BFR Annual Report

Notices, Alerts and Bulletins 

Wisdom Industries Amusement Device Service Bulletin - August 2021

Otis CPSC Private Residential Elevators Press Release - December 2020

OTIS Private Residence Elevator Recall and Free Inspection - December 2020

EPA Lead-free Rule Fact Sheet - July 2020

Majestic Amusement Device Service Bulletin - July 2020

Unapproved Lumber Stamp Notice - May 2020

Safety Alert to Protect Children from a Deadly Gap between Doors of Home Elevators - August 2019

KONE Escalator Safety Alert - March 2018

2012 VRC Girder and Header Span Tables - August 2015


Pool and Spa Safety 

The Hazards of Electric Shock Drowning near Marinas and Docks - NFPA Journal on YouTube

Code Notes - 2015 International Pool and Spa Code Permit and Plan Guidelines

ICC Pool and Spa Safety Brochure

Podcast - Keeping Summer Pools Safe website

Simple Water Safety Steps Can Save Lives

Steps for Safety Around the Pool

Portable Pool Tip Card

Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools