About Building Inspection
The mission of the Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection is to ensure compliance with the governing building codes for the safety of our residents and visitors.
We welcome you to our website and trust that you will find the information you are looking for. In addition, knowledgeable staff members are available to assist you from the permitting process through construction. The department is dedicated to helping you with your building project and ensuring that it is built to the current Virginia codes.
New Inspection Requirement Effective April 1, 2016
Re: Underground Plastic Gas Piping Tracer Wire
Effective April 1, 2016, conductive tracer tape will not be accepted as an approved tracer wire for underground nonmetallic fuel gas piping.
Copper wire 18 AWG minimum with yellow insulation suitable for direct burial is required. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) or High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (HMWPE) insulation types are designed for direct burial. Nylon and PVC (THNN or THWN) insulation types are not acceptable.
Virginia Construction Code sections (IRC) G2415.17.3 and IFGC 404.17.3:
Tracer: A yellow insulated copper tracer wire or other approved conductor shall be installed adjacent to underground nonmetallic piping. Access shall be provided to the tracer wire or the tracer wire shall terminate above ground at each end of the nonmetallic piping. The tracer wire size shall not be less than 18 AWG and the insulation type shall be suitable for direct burial.
2012 Code Edition Enforced Starting July 14, 2015
For code books, click the following links: