Vol. 30 Iss. 21 - June 16, 2014

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Chapter 63
Notice of Suspension and Readoption

Title of Regulation: 13VAC5-63. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

Statutory Authority: § 36-98 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: July 14, 2014.

On May 19, 2014, the Board of Housing and Community Development suspended subdivision S 40 of 13VAC5-63-210 as published in 30:16 VA.R. 2071-2232 April 7, 2014, and readopted subdivision S 40 of 13VAC5-63-210 as amended below. The action suspending and readopting subdivision S 40 of 13VAC5-63-210 is authorized by § 2.2-4015 of the Code of Virginia.

During the 15-day period following the publication of this notice, if the department receives requests from at least 25 persons for the opportunity to comment on the action, the department shall suspend the regulation pursuant to § 2.2-4007.06 of the Code of Virginia.

13VAC5-63-210 S 40

42. 37. 40. Add Section R408.3.1 to read [ as follows and delete Section R501.3 in its entirety ]:

R408.3.1 Termite inspection. Where an unvented crawl space is installed and meets the criteria in Section R408, the vertical face of the sill plate shall be clear and unobstructed and an inspection gap shall be provided below the sill plate along the top of any interior foundation wall covering. The gap shall be a minimum of one inch (25.4 mm) and a maximum of two inches (50.8 mm) in width and shall extend throughout all parts of any foundation that is enclosed. Joints between the sill plate and the top of any interior wall covering may be sealed.


1. In areas not subject to damage by termites as indicated by Table R301.2(1).

2. Where other approved means are provided to inspect for potential damage.

Where pier and curtain foundations are installed as depicted in Figure R404.1.5(1), the inside face of the rim joist and sill plate shall be clear and unobstructed except for construction joints which may be sealed.

Exception: Fiberglass or similar insulation may be installed if easily removable.

Agency Contact: Stephen W. Calhoun, Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-7000, FAX (804) 371-7090, TTY (804) 371-7089, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R12-3159; Filed May 7, 2014, 10:33 a.m.
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