COVID-19 FAQs, Updates and Resources for Local Building Departments


Division of Building and Fire Regulations

In an effort to provide updates, resources and guidance to building departments, contractors and all stakeholders, DHCD is developing a page for information related to frequently asked questions, contact information for local building departments and best practices, ideas and suggestions as we all try to keep our communities operating as normally as possible during this unprecedented COVID-19 situation.


How can I find out what my local Building Department is doing?

A list of all building officials (by jurisdiction) can be found HERE. This directory contains contact information for the building official for each jurisdiction, links to the jurisdiction's website, building department site, and if applicable, COVID-19 updates from the locality.

What about time limits for appeals?  

The time limit for appeals are set statutorily. We recommend that you consult with the county/city attorney to discuss emergency operations at this time.  

Can I still obtain Amusement Device stickers if I need them?

Yes, building officials can request amusement device stickers, if needed, by emailing The stickers will be mailed to the building official.   

Continuing Education Opportunities


Tips for moving to a virtual Building Department (PowerPoint)

Webinar Recording of Virtual Building Departments A-Z

Webinar Recording of Property Maintenance COVID-19 Restrictions and Responses Webinar

Partners for Better Communities Podcast (Interview with Shahriar Amiri on virtual building departments)

ICC: Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces

DHCD: Outdoor Dining - Building Code Considerations

DHCD: Temporary Tents - Building and Fire Code Considerations

Additional Information

For additional information on COVID-19, visit the Virginia Department of Health or CDC.

ICC COVID-19 Response Center