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What building codes are enforced by the City of Norton?
The City of Norton enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) which adopts and amends the International Code Council’s model codes. On July 14, 2014 the Virginia General Assembly adopted the 2012 version of the VUSBC with a one-year transition period in which applicants can choose between the 2009 or 2012 version of the VUSBC. The model codes that have been adopted and amended by the VUSBC are as follows:
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • 2012 Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 Fuel / Gas Code


The International Code Council has published the VUSBC and the model codes in their amended form. The following books can be purchased from the International Code Council:

  • 2012 Virginia Construction Code
  • 2012 Virginia Residential Code
  • 2012 Virginia Plumbing Code
  • 2012 Virginia Mechanical Code
  • 2012 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 Virginia Maintenance Code
  • 2012 Virginia Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 Virginia Rehabilitation Code
  • 2012 Virginia Energy Conservation Code
  • 2012 Virginia Regulations

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1. Are there any structures that are exempt from the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code?
2. Are there exemptions in the requirement to obtain a permit?
3. What building codes are enforced by the City of Norton?
4. What is the Virginia Maintenance Code and does it apply to the Citizens of the City of Norton?
5. What is the difference between the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Maintenance Code?