Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Housing and Community Development
Board of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code [13 VAC 5 ‑ 63]
Cooling Temperature Amendment Part 1 of 2 - Emergency Regulation
Action 5243
General Information
Action Summary Currently, the Virginia Maintenance Code (VMC), a part of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), requires that when cooling is provided to tenants of certain multi-family buildings it must be provided to a temperature of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The current threshold has been identified as a public health concern in multiple localities that adopt the VMC. This emergency action is to lower from 80 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the required cooling temperature as provided in section 13VAC5-63-540 B 5 of the USBC. The permanent replacement action is available at the following link -
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005869]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8564 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 11/12/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Chase Sawyer  / Policy & Legislative Services Manager
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)310-5872    FAX: (804)371-7090    TDD: (804)371-7089

This person is the primary contact for this agency.