As you plan your residential or commercial project, you’re likely to have some construction code questions. For questions related to architectural and systems designs, the County offers a free code consultation service with Inspection Services Division (ISD) staff.
What is ISD’s Code Consultation service?
This is a voluntary code conference with Inspection Services staff to discuss construction code issues related to architectural and systems designs during the preliminary/schematic design phase for residential and commercial projects. This service covers only questions regarding the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) – questions regarding the requirements of the Zoning Office or the Department of Environmental Services cannot be addressed.
A code consultation is highly recommended for small businesses and project representatives that are not familiar with the County’s permitting, review and inspection processes.
What is the benefit of a Code Consultation?
A preliminary code consultation affords designers, homeowners and business owners a venue to discuss elements of a construction project with code officials before project design reaches the final construction documents. Projects most likely to benefit from a preliminary code consultation include: those that are large or complex in scope; involve a special use or occupancy; employ a novel design; or constitute an enlargement or change of use of an existing building.
Who may request a Code Consultation?
Anyone considering a residential or commercial building construction project may request a preliminary code consultation. However, meetings involving the project architect/engineers tend to be the most productive. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that the design professional(s) attend the meetings.
What is the Code Consultation process?
To schedule a consultation, submit a Code Consultation Request Form by email, mail or in person. Complete the form with as much detail as possible. To request engineering consultation on a systems design, please specify the type of system (mechanical, plumbing, fire, etc.) and a specialist will be available. Space is limited. Schedule your appointment early.
Each scheduled code consultation appointment is allocated one hour. In order to gain the maximum benefit from this process, it’s important that you are prompt for your appointment.
Code consultation appointments are conducted at the Inspection Services Division’s office. Requests for job-site consultations cannot be accommodated.
Typically, these discussions do not require the whole hour and one meeting is sufficient. Depending on the degree of design development or the project’s complexity, additional consultations may be requested.
Is there a consultation service fee?
No. This service is offered as a courtesy to encourage early contact with code officials to discuss a building’s proposed design relative to the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC).
Are there any limitations or conditions?
The preliminary code consultation is not a formal part of the permit process; as such, the results of the discussions are not official or binding.
This consultation service covers only questions regarding the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) — questions regarding the requirements of the Zoning Office or the Department of Environmental Services cannot be addressed.