St. Croix building/development codes
I have been considering building a home on the island. This forum has been incredibly helpful!
One thing I have been scouring the web for are building/development codes for the island. I have an architect but without codes I'm not really getting anywhere.
Anyone know where I can find them? Thanks!
Lots of luck building here cuz it can be really frustrating, especially if you are stateside & not on site to monitor every single thing the builder is doing.
We built on St Croix in 2003, had home designed by an on island architect & built by on island builder who followed or was supposed to follow, the architects drawings & specifications. There were no USVI standard building codes that had to be followed that I remember
There are definitely building codes and inspections in the VI. Title 29 of the Virgin Islands Code, the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation Code, the National Electrical Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code. There will be VI specifics such as septic requirements, cistern requirements, hurricane requirements, earthquake requirements, etc. Contact VI DPNR for specific details. Any architect should already be familiar with the standard codes and will need to bone up on the VI code.
Given the postings of where you might find these building codes all I can say is our architect was fully aware of what was required by the VI on residential building codes however vague / general they may be. Our electric contractor was a Master Electrician & he knew what was code compliant on electrical wiring . Our plumber had to have a licensed plumber do a final inspection of all plumbing . To me the final inspection to get a certificate of occupancy was a joke in many ways.
The ICC, International Code Council / IBC The International Building Code.
The International Building Code (IBC) either is in use or adopted in all 50 states of the United States of America, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. However, as it is the International Building Code, and part of a series of International Codes (“I-Codes”), it is used in multiple locations worldwide, including the 15 countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), Jamaica, and Georgia. Furthermore, the IBC has served as the basis for legislative building codes in Mexico, Abu Dhabi, and Haiti, among other places.
Read more at the ANSI Blog: 2018 International Building Code (ICC IBC-2018) https://blog.ansi.org/?p=8429
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