What model codes are adopted by Virginia?
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 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 was effective throughout Virginia on July 14, 2014.2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

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1. When is a building permit required or not required?
2. What are the permit fees?
3. What model codes are adopted by Virginia?
4. Who may apply for a permit?
5. May I obtain permits by mail or phone?
6. May someone else obtain a permit for me?
7. Should I purchase the permit or let my contractor purchase it?
8. What type of permit do I need?
9. How long is a permit valid?
10. May a permit be voided?
11. May a permit be returned for a refund?