Building Maintenance Inspections

Code Enforcement enforces the Virginia Maintenance Code through complaint response, inspector patrols of assigned areas, and systematic exterior inspections.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Property owners are notified by mail when violations are present.The time allowed for correcting code violations ranges from 24 hours to 30 days, depending on the nature and severity of the violation(s). Failure to comply within the time allowed may result in legal action by the city to gain compliance.

Systematic Exterior Inspections

All houses, structures, and premises in a particular area are inspected for building and property maintenance violations when numerous violations are prevalent throughout the area or at the request of neighborhood organizations. A notice of violation is issued to the responsible party or parties if violations are found. 

Requests for an Extension​ 

Code Enforcement seeks to work with residents in gaining compliance as much as possible. The division does grant extensions in the time allowed for correction of violations when necessary repairs are temporarily delayed due to practical difficulties. A written request addressed to the code inspector, including the address of the property, a brief explanation of the difficulty and a reasonable timeframe for repairs must be received before the time allowed for compliance has expired. All extension requests must be approved by a code supervisor. A written confirmation will be issued if the extension is granted and mailed to the property owner.

Need help with home repairs?

​The City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation may be able to help! The department offers two programs to assist low and moderate income qualified owner-occupied households with home repairs. 

Contact the Housing Development Division of the Housing and Neighborhood Preservation department​ at (757) 385-5743 today, to see if you qualify!

Types of Building Maintenance Violations​

 Exterior Violations

​​Paint peeling and rotted wood
​Siding in disrepair
​Fence in disrepair
​Shed in disrepair
​Gutter in disrepair
Roofing/drainage in disrepair

Broken window


 Interior Violations


​​Damaged interior wall

Electrical hazard

Damaged plumbing

Improper venting

​Trip Hazards

​Water damage


 Unsafe Buildings

​Vacant/unsecured buildings are required to be secured from casual entry within 48 hours. Dilapidated buildings are required to be repaired or removed. Buildings may be secured or demolished by the city's contractor upon failure to comply.

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