What are some building requirements specific to the county?

According to the Codes which are adopted by the State of Virginia in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), here are some of the requirements for Franklin County:

  • Frost Line - The frost line for Franklin County is 18 inches deep
  • Radon - Franklin County is located in the intermediate zone for radon. Radon mitigation methods are not required
  • Seismic Zone - Franklin County is located in a seismic zone “B”
  • Snow Load - The ground snow load for Franklin County is 25 pounds per square foot
  • Soil Policy - Franklin County does not have extensive amounts of “shrink/swell” soil. However, if expansive/collapsing soils are encountered, then a soil evaluation is required
  • Wind Load - Franklin County is located in a 90 miles per hour wind zone

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1. When is a permit required?
2. When is a permit not required?
3. What are penalties if I do not apply for a permit?
4. What types of permits are issued?
5. What is required for a permit?
6. What are some building requirements specific to the county?
7. Who may apply for a building permit?
8. What are hours of operation?
9. What forms of payment are acceptable?
10. When are requested inspections scheduled?
11. What are the fees associated with permits?
12. Do I need to be present for the inspection?
13. When is the best time to speak with an inspector?
14. What do I need when scheduling an inspection?
15. What inspections are required on my permit?
16. Where can I access a code book?
17. What codes are adopted in Virginia?
18. What is a manufactured home and differences between them and modular/stick built homes?
19. What steps are involved in obtaining a manufactured home permit?
20. What are recommendations made to the Franklin County Building Inspection Department?