Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Corrections
State Board of Local and Regional Jails
Standards for Planning, Design, Construction and Reimbursement of Local Correctional Facilities [6 VAC 15 ‑ 81]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description These regulations are presented as a guide outlining the requirements for a plan for constructing local correctional facilities including submission procedures, sequence, and timing of events and the criteria for and details of the jail project through planning, design, materials, construction, and reimbursement stages. These Standards establish the minimum requirements applicable to projects requesting reimbursement for new construction, replacement, expansion, or renovation.These Standards present a comprehensive concept of “systems planning” to assist localities to plan for in the development or improvement of local or regional correctional services including facilities and pre-and-post trial alternative programs.
State Authority Section 53.1-5 and 53.1-80 through 53.1-82 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority Not Applicable
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To update the current 6 VAC15-80 which was originally issued in May of 1994 and since issuance there have been significant changes in the Code of Virginia, building and fire codes as well as audit standards for the construction of local correctional facilities. Technological advances allow for changes in facility staff and management which impact the facility physical plant.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary-Huffard Kegley  / Policy Analyst
Address: Board of Local and Regional Jails
VADOC Headquarters, 6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)887-9589    FAX: (804)674-3587    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Promulgate 6 VAC 15-81 to replace 6 VAC 15-80 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/08/2018.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
7/12/2022 Filed Pending