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.

Statewide Codes

Chesterfield County is currently enforcing the 2018 code edition. Alternatively, building plans prepared in compliance with the 2015 code edition are acceptable for permits filed prior to July 1, 2022. You can view the entire library at the links provided above.

Local Design Load Criteria

Ground snow load20 psf (0.94 KN/m2)
Frost depth18 in. (45.7 cm.)

Ultimate Wind Speed (Vult)

Risk category I105 MPH (47 m/s)
Risk category II & residential115 MPH (51 m/s)
Risk category III120 MPH (54 m/s)