Commercial Construction

Building Codes

Chesterfield County is required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). Both codes are administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and reference the 2018 International Codes as published by the International Code Council.

Learn more about preparing and submitting commercial construction documents and inspections and certificates of occupancy.

Statewide Codes

Chesterfield County is currently enforcing the 2018 code edition of the Virginia Library of Building Codes.

Local Design Load Criteria

  • Ground Snow Load: 20 psf (0.94 KN/m2)
  • Frost Depth: 18 in. (45.7 cm.)

Ultimate Wind Speed (Vult)

  • Risk Category I: 105 MPH (47 m/s)
  • Risk Category II and Residential: 115 MPH (51 m/s)
  • Risk Category III: 120 MPH (54 m/s)