The 2012 Virginia Codes incorporate the customized text of the Virginia administrative and technical amendments within the base text of the ICC model codes. Each code discipline consists of a single volume, inclusive of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) amended language, with no need for separate USBC pamphlets that historically accompanied the ICC model codes for enforcement regulations in Virginia. The 2012 Virginia Codes are available for purchase from the International Code Council (ICC).
The City of Roanoke, along with all other jurisdictions in the State of Virginia, oversees permitting and inspections by use of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). The provisions of the USBC are based on nationally recognized model building and fire codes published by the International Code Council, Inc. The model codes are made part of the USBC through a regulatory process known as incorporation by reference. The USBC also contains administrative provisions governing the use of the model codes and establishing requirements for the enforcement of the code by the local building departments and other code enforcement agencies. The current version of the USBC is known as the 2012 Edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and is effective throughout Virginia as of July 14, 2014.