To ensure the safety to life and property from all hazards subject to structure design, construction, occupancy, repair, removal or demolition. (Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, USBC)
To safeguard the health, property and public welfare by controlling the design location, use or occupancy of all buildings and structures through the regulated and orderly development of land and land uses within the City of Salem. (International Zoning Code, City of Salem Code type "zoning" in the search box at the top of the page to find the Zoning Ordinance).
2012 and 2015 Codes:
The State of Virginia adopted the 2015 building and related codes on September 4, 2018. For one year past that date, it is the option of the applicant(s) to use either the 2012 or the 2015 building codes. The City of Salem will enforce only the 2015 building and related codes after September 4, 2019. Any plans and supporting documentation submitted after that date must show compliance with the 2015 codes.
2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Codes
2015 Virginia Construction Code
2015 Virginia Residential Code
2015 Virginia Existing Building Code (Formerly the Virginia Rehabilitation Code)
2015 Virginia Plumbing Code
2015 Virginia Mechanical Code
2015 Virginia Energy Conservation Code
2014 National Electrical Code
2015 Virginia Fuel Gas Code
2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Codes
2012 Virginia Construction Code
2012 Virginia Residential Code
2012 Virginia Rehabilitation Code
2012 Virginia Plumbing Code
2012 Virginia Mechanical Code
2012 Virginia Energy Conservation Code
2011 National Electrical Code
2012 Virginia Fuel Gas Code
These codes may be viewed and purchased at the International Code Council website.
NOTE: Contractors must have a valid business license in order to obtain a permit. Please visit the City of Salem Commissioner of the Revenue site for business license requirements or call (540) 375-3019.