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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing

13VAC5. Department of Housing And Community Development




The Board of Housing and Community Development, a state policy board, promulgates regulations related to housing, community development, building safety, and fire prevention. These regulations include the Uniform Statewide Building Code, Statewide Fire Prevention Code, Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, Manufactured Home Safety Regulations, Amusement Device Regulations, Virginia Certification Standards, Standards Governing Building Code Academies, and Virginia Enterprise Zone Grant Program Regulations. The Department of Housing and Community Development operates a Virginia Building Code Academy to train persons in recent building code and fire prevention code regulations.

The Board's Codes and Standards Committee considers building code and fire prevention code issues throughout the year. The Housing and Community Development Committee of the Board meets to consider issues related to safe and affordable housing, economic growth, stability, and safety in Virginia's communities. The Board advises the department in the development of the Consolidated Plan submitted to HUD to guide and coordinate housing and community development programs in Virginia.

The department administers housing programs including Affordable and Special Needs Housing, ,  Communities of Opportunity Tax Credit, Community Housing Development Organization, Continuum of Care, Down Payment Assistance, Emergency Home and Accessibility Repair Program,  Homeless Solutions Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HIV, Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation, Livable Homes Tax Credit, Manufactured Housing, Private Activity Bonds, , the Vibrant Community Initiative, Virginia Individual Development Accounts, Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and Weatherization Assistance.

The department also administers community development programs in the Commonwealth including the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Industrial Revitalization Fund, Virginia Enterprise Zone,  and Virginia Main Street.

The department operates under the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Regulations are available at the department's office located at 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address:

Rev. 08/2019



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