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Citizen Information about Chinese Drywall


James City County (JCC) residents who believe they may have Chinese drywall in their home may visit the following link for answers to commonly asked questions. (Most all documents are in pdf format.)

If you suspect that you have Chinese drywall in your home, the Virginia Department of Health recommends that you first contact your home’s builder. Individuals may also call the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s toll-free consumer hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or the Virginia Department of Health at 808-864-8182 for more information about Chinese drywall.

The Virginia Department of Health continues to monitor the evolving Chinese drywall issue and any potential impacts on public health. New information will be posted to the Virginia Department of Health Web site

Another good source of information is the US Consumer Product Safety Commission web site

If a JCC resident does not feel that they have received an appropriate response from their home builder, they may contact the JCC Building Safety and Permits Division at 757-253-6620 to discuss their concerns. Once determined by a Building Safety and Permits Division inspection that defective drywall product has been installed in their home, and the home is less than two years old, the Building Safety and Permits Division will contact the home builder requiring corrective action.  Section 115.2.1 of the Uniform Statewide Building Code states…..When violations are discovered more than two years after the certificate of occupancy is issued or the date of initial occupancy, whichever occurred later, or more than two years after the approved final inspection for an alteration or renovation, a notice of violation shall only be issued upon advice from the legal counsel of the locality that action may be taken to compel correction of the violation. The JCC attorney’s office has determined that the issue is beyond the statute of limitation for prosecutions under the Uniform Statewide Building Code. Consequently, the County cannot legally initiate a case under the USBC and no Notice of Violation should be issued.

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