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Wythe County to host free contractor training for new Virginia building code changes

WYTHEVILLE – Wythe County’s building official, along with his counterpart in the Town of Wytheville, will be hosting a free workshop for local contractors on Tuesday Aug. 26.

The event will be held inside the Heritage Center, located at 115 W. Spiller St. in Wytheville and is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Complimentary food and drinks will be served from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The class is expected to last three hours and will cover all of the changes recently made to the Virginia Residential Code, as well as the Virginia Construction Code for general contractors of all classes.

Organizers of the event say that seating is limited and that reserve seating is strongly recommended. Individuals wishing to attend the event are encouraged to contact either Rhonda Vaught at 223-4500 or Donna Stroupe at 223-3354.

Chip Dunford, who serves as Wythe County’s building official, said there are numerous changes in the state’s building code, ranging from administrative regulations to changes in actual design and field processes, as well as installation procedures.

“There is a significant level of confusion each time the state amends the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code,”said Dunford.“For this reason, the county, in conjunction with the Town of Wytheville, will be hosting the informational workshop for contractors.”

Dunford said the informational workshop will be aimed at going over each of the changes in the state’s code so that builders can remain in compliance with state laws and regulations.

Local builders will also be given a one-year grace period to continue building under the 2009 version of the state’s building code, should they request permission to do so from their local building official.

The Virginia building codes program is overseen by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development and is based upon the International Family of Building Codes.

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