Suffolk, Virginia Building Codes

Updated : 06/13/2024

Overview

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA Muni. Code § 14-31.

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the following codes:

Note that, the USBC supersedes all local building codes and regulations. Va. Code § 36-98 and 13 VAC 5-63-20. Pursuant to Section R103.2 of the VCC, for construction after the effective date for the adoption of the 2021 codes, January 18th, 2024, permit applicants may follow either the 2018 or 2021 versions of the USBC for one year, or until January 18, 2025, when the 2021 codes must be followed. 13 VAC 5-63-30; 2021 VCC § R103.2.

Helpful resources for Suffolk, Virginia include the following.

Residential Building Code

Suffolk adopted a code that is yet to be identified. Please contact PLRB if you would like us to research this for you.

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2021 Virginia Residential Code (2021 IRC)(Virginia, VA Municipal Code)

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Drip Edge

Drip Edge: No

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Suffolk ? No
Comments:

Suffolk, Virginia. “2015 Climactic and Geographic Design Criteria.” City of Suffolk Document Center. Accessed June 13, 2024.

Government Officials
Last Name First Name Title E-mail Phone Note
Day Sean Assistant Building Official 514-4158
Robinson Michael Building Official 514-4156

Comments

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA Muni. Code § 14-31.

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the 2021 Virginia Residential Code.

Existing Buildings

Existing buildings, meaning buildings that were built in accordance to code at the time of construction, typically merit extra consideration in a current updated code.

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA Muni. Code § 14-31.

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the 2021 Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC), with amendments (based upon the 2021 IEBC).

Chapter 11 of the 2021 VEBC provides retrofit regulations.

Appendix J of the 2021 IRC was not included in the 2021 VRC.

Commercial Building Code

Suffolk adopted the 1996 BOCA National Building CodeYou can find a copy of the code here.You can find information about amendments to the model code here.

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2021 Virginia Construction Code (2021 IBC)(Virginia, VA Municipal Code)

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Comments

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA Muni. Code § 14-31.

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the 2021 Virginia Construction Code.

Existing Buildings

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA Muni. Code § 14-31.

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the 2021 Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC), with amendments (based upon the 2021 IEBC).

Chapter 11 of the 2021 VEBC provides retrofit regulations.

Other Building Codes

Suffolk, VA adopts the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) (based upon the ICC body of codes). Suffolk, VA, Muni. Code § 14-31 (adoption).

Effective 01/18/2024, the state of Virginia adopted the following codes:

Suffolk, Virginia, adopted the 2021 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (based upon the 2021 IFC). Suffolk, VA, Muni. Code § 38-71 (adoption) and § 38-73 (amendments).