The Department of Code Administration invites the public to celebrate building safety, recognize the code professionals who help keep us safe, and get free training at the City’s annual Building Safety Month Virtual Kick-Off event on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The awareness month recognizes the importance of building safety and the professionals who implement them. This year’s theme is “Prevent, Prepare, and Protect.”
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to build and sustain safe and resilient structures. Founded by the International Code Council in 1980, Building Safety Month is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during May. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code administration and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
The free event will include “2018 International Energy Conservation Code-Residential Provisions Simplified.” The training will be presented by Shaunna Monzingo, ICC instructor. Completion of the training will offer .6 hours (ICC and American Institute of Architects (AIA)) of continuing education credits.
Registration is required to attend the training session. Please RSVP to Penny.Gausman@alexandriava.gov by May 7.
sending your RSVP, you will be emailed information on Monday, May 10 on “How to
Join the Webinar.”
Operational Updates Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Some services may be modified or suspended due to the pandemic. Please see below for service impacts by division, we will continue to monitor and update this information daily.
- Closed to the public for in-person service except by appointment only
- Still processing permits and applications through APEX
- Currently, we are asking for customers to only submit electronically
- Customer assistance is still available by email Permit.Center@alexandriava.gov or by calling 703.746.4200
Plan Review Services
- We are continuing to perform plan reviews as scheduled
- Team Plan Reviews are no longer performed in-person, but are now performed fully electronically
New Construction Inspections
- In-person residential inspections for occupied dwellings (single-family and multi-family) are suspended, however these are still being performed virtually by video call. See our residential virtual inspections memorandum below for more information.
- All other inspections are still taking place as scheduled with inspectors maintaining social distancing. Inspectors are instructed to leave the area if they do not feel the area is safe. Those inspections will be rescheduled when the area is safe to enter.
Property Maintenance Inspections
- Residential rental inspections and interior, complaint-based investigations in occupied dwellings have been suspended, however some complaint inspections can still be performed by video call
- Proactive Exterior inspections will be performed to ensure sanitary trash disposal, timely trash service and rodent control surveys will continue
- Staff will continue to service overgrown grass and weeds complaints over 12” on private properties, with extended compliance periods for abatement.
investigations of occupied structures will continue with some interior
inspection access modifications. Video and photo submissions of unsafe
conditions are encouraged.
Residential Virtual Building Inspections
Team Plan Review Process
For more information about the City’s permitting process, using the new APEX system, or Permit Center hours of operation, visit alexandriava.gov/Permits.
Alexandria Permit and Land Use Management Portal (APEX).
APEX allows you, our customers, to apply for permits and development plan reviews, to attach supporting documents and to submit payment from computers or mobile devices, eliminating the need to make trips to City Hall.
Additional features of APEX include:
Electronic application, plan submission and review for permits and land use applications.
Improved communication between staff and customers.
Real-time status tracking for permit and land use applications.
Advanced search capabilities.
Online inspection scheduling, tracking and updates.
All customers should register on the portal. We are encouraging all customers to utilize the portal, not only to apply for permits, but also as a tool to process permit related payments. When visiting the Permit Center, customers will simply login to their Alexandria Permit and Land Use Management Portal account via kiosk to complete their payment transaction. The payment will post immediately and the receipt will be sent via email to the customer.
About the Department
Welcome to the Alexandria Department of Code Administration, where we work in concert with other City agencies and our customers (residents, tenants, business owners, building owners, architects, engineers, builders, tradesmen, contractors, and developers) as part of the safe building team. Our objective is to assist customers with compliance related to Virginia's Uniform Statewide Building and Maintenance Codes (USBC), and the City Code nuisance and development provisions. This is accomplished through permit processing, plan review; timely and consistent inspections, and education regarding the requirements of the referenced codes. The department contains the five divisions of Permit Center, Property Maintenance Inspections, New Construction Inspections, Plan Review Services, and Administrative Services.
June 1, 2017 Permit Center Fee Schedule Changes
Alexandria Code Administration Guiding Principles
When checking for daily inspection information, please check the Daily Inspection Viewer Website by 8:00 a.m. the day of the inspection as the information is updated up until this time
The 2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) is effective September4, 2018. Additional information can be found at:
2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (VA USBC)
Standing Modification - Minimum Thickness of Galvanized Duct Walls for Single Family Dwellings
Same Day Service Ends at 4:15pm. Please be sure to have all plans and applications submitted prior to 4:15pm Monday through Friday for same day services.
Scheduling and Obtaining Inspection Results
The Department of Code Administration offers immediate access to inspection results through our new permitting and land use management system customer service portal, APEX. Click on the icon below to get started. Once on the page click on the step by step document entitled "How to request inspections".
Gas Permit Policy for Residential Additions & Alterations
Code Administration conducted a survey of the surrounding jurisdictions’ plan review requirements for residential fuel gas permits. The results found that a majority of localities did not require a fuel gas riser diagram prior to permit issuance for residential gas pressures less than 2 psi. Therefore, to stay consistent across local boundaries, the City of Alexandria will no longer require 1 & 2 family dwelling building (single family, townhomes and duplexes) applicants to submit a residential gas riser diagram for additions and alterations to an existing residential fuel gas system with gas pressure less than 2 psi.
- Please note - a residential gas riser diagram is still required for new residential homes and accessory structures. Furthermore, there is no change in the plan review requirements for commercial fuel gas permits – a fuel gas riser diagram is required.
NOTICE: Code Administration’s fire protection systems (FPS) walk-thru services are now available on a scheduled basis. Please contact Paul Mitchell - mail to: email@example.com or 703.746.4194 - to schedule an appointment.
Tell us how we are doing! As we make improvements to assist our customers with the permitting process, your feedback is important to us. Please fill out our Customer Service Survey and let us know what we can do to improve the permitting experience.
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