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Inspection Schedule




Wednesday, March 4 , 2015




7:30- 9:30        7, 58, 68, 984, 1072


9:30-11:30        8, 13, 53, 673, 698


12:30- 2:30       Not Available


2:30 - 4:30        Not Available



If the above schedule has the incorrect day/date, please call 540-727-3405 and choose option 2 for a recorded message.  Thank you.


*Please note that the Inclement Weather Policy can be found on "How to Schedule An Inspection".


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Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze


It’s not too early to begin preparing for the heating season.

Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze.


ð Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)

ð Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

ð Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

ð Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

ð We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)

ð Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.



A building code is the minimum acceptable standard used to regulate the design, construction and maintenance of buildings.

Why are building codes needed?

Building homes and businesses according to modern code requirements such as the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) provides consistency and triggers processes such as inspections that help ensure buyers are getting a quality product. Codes offer a sound investment. Research shows that every $1 spent saves a property owner $4 in future losses associated with a wide variety of dangers, including fire and water damage and natural hazards, according to the Multi-hazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Cost increases to bring structures up to code, or beyond, can depend on both the existing level of construction quality and current building code requirements. What are the major benefits of strong code adoption and enforcement?


• Safe buildings...


Building codes have been around in some form for thousands of years. In 2000 B.C., the code of Hammurabi dictated that if a dwelling collapsed and caused the death of the owner, the builder would be put to death.


The Roman Empire instituted building codes after fatal building collapses, and a great fire that destroyed 15,000 buildings in 1666 led to the development of London’s early building codes.


In the United States, the great Chicago fire killed 250 people, destroyed 17,000 structures and left nearly 100,000 people homeless in 1871. Four years later, that city enacted a new building code and fire-prevention ordinance. As is often the case, building codes were the afterthought of tragedy rather than forethought for prevention. As cities grew and experienced their own disasters, building codes were developed based

on individual experiences more than scientific knowledge.


In 1905, the first nationally recognized U.S. building code was...
Contact Information

Culpeper County Building Department - Lower Level

302 N. Main Street

Culpeper, VA 22701

(540) 727-3405

(540) 727-3461 FAX


Monday – Friday-8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)



Building Official


Bob Orr


Office Manager:


Rebecca Haunold


Commercial Inspector & Commercial Trade Plan Review


Keith Kendall


Residential Inspector &

Plan Review


James Ratliff


Bruce Cornwall



Permit Technicians:


Candace Blaine


Daniel Lamb




Green Building Resource Center:

302 N. Main St.

Culpeper, VA 22701

540-727-3444, ext. 395

Bruce Cornwall




Electronic Application Submittal










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