Finishing Basements: Regulations

Code Requirements

The Code of Virginia requires that your home and any accessory structures on your property comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

The Uniform Statewide Building Code sets standards for the structural, elevator, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire protection components of construction. By reviewing plans, issuing permits, and performing field inspections for alterations and improvements to your property, the Department of Building and Development helps you comply with the provisions of the law.

Enforcement

Loudoun County is required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, which incorporates by reference the:

  • International Building Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Residential Code
  • National Electric Code