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The Parks & Recreation Department will again be selling discounted packages to Massanutten.  Packages go on sale Wednesday, November 5.


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Culpeper County Building Department will be conducting two code update training sessions. These presentations are free and seating is limited. Register online using the link for the desired training session.


Location:    Culpeper County Administration Building

                        Board of Supervisors Meeting Room

                        302 N. Main Street • Culpeper, VA


October 31, 2014 * 9:00 am to 12:00pm

2012 Virginia Residential Code to include applicable MEP trades


November 7, 2014 * 9:00 am to 12:00pm

2012 Virginia Commercial Code to include MEP trades



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...

....with discounted tickets to Kings Dominion. 


Parks & Recreation Days tickets are good through August 3 and are only $36 each (ages 3+).


Stop by and pick up your today!  (cash, check, visa, mastercard, American express, or discover)



540-727-3412  ext 4 or 5.

The Culpeper County Building Department has procedure changes going into effect Monday July 14, 2014. You can review our Residential Checklist and Master Plan Submittal requirements under Forms & Documents. Please check back frequently as all applications are currently being updated.

Thank you,

Building Department Staff

The 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Construction Code (USBC) is effective July 14, 2014. Applicants may choose to utilize the 2009 USBC for a one-year period after the effective date. The 2012 Virginia State publications are located here.

The final regulations for the 2012 Virginia code update process have been published in the April 7, 2014 Virginia Register. The publication of the regulations starts a 30-day final period, and any petitions for reconsideration, which may be filed, will be identified at the May meeting of the Board of Housing and Community Development. The effective date of the 2012 Virginia Codes will be July 14, 2014. Code sections under petition may be suspended as necessary until resolution. The regulations published in the Virginia Register can be found here. These regulations are the culmination of a two-year process, which included 12 work group meetings of a wide array of stakeholders from various organizations, industries and agencies participated. In addition to the...



The Culpeper County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting that
was scheduled for Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Rappahannock Rapidan Planning District #9 building located at 420 South Ridge Parkway has been
rescheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:00pm at the Lenn Park Pavilion, 18063 Stevensburg Road, Culpeper.
Questions or comments may be directed to the staff of Culpeper County Parks & Recreation at 540-727-3412 ext 7

Discount tickets to Kings Dominion are now on sale! 


Use energy-efficient light bulbs, turn off lights and unplug electronics not in use. Seal air leaks. Install programmable thermostats. Upgrade windows, heating and air conditioning equipment. Change filters frequently. Install more insulation in walls and attics. Choose energy efficient appliances. If you are building new, consider the best position on the lot for trapping light and energy, and make use of energy-efficient foundation, framing, plumbing, wiring and HVAC systems now available. Green homes are also healthier homes, reducing mold, mildew and other allergens that contribute to asthma and other significant health issues. Below are tips for keeping your home dry and mold-free:

Keep it dry: install a drain pan under the water heater; place dehumidifiers in basements and other damp areas; position downspouts away from the house; repair any water damage. Keep it clean: use track-off mats at all doorways; clean up dust to eliminate...
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