Property Maintenance Tips to Help Keep Virginia Beach Neighborhoods Vibrant and Beautiful

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. To help keep our neighborhoods vibrant, safe and beautiful places to live, Code Enforcement wants citizens to keep a few waste disposal, lawn care and property maintenance tips in mind, especially during this season and the warmer months that follow:

Waste Disposal

  • Exercise proper waste disposal practices when cleaning out attics, garages and sheds. Regular household trash can be placed in city-provided containers and set out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Curbside collection of yard waste in clear plastic bags and small, four-foot piles of limbs occurs each scheduled collection day as well.
  • When disposing of larger items, such as old furniture and household appliances, residents should contact Waste Management or use the VBWorks mobile app to schedule a bulk item collection for your next scheduled collection day. Items that Waste Management will not pick up include: building materials, carpet, doors, cabinets, toilets, sinks, rocks, dirt, concrete, vehicle parts, tires, paint cans, glass, propane tanks, hazardous materials and more. Residents can dispose of these items directly at two city landfill facilities free of charge.
  • The city encourages residents to recycle and provides curbside collection of recyclables every other week in most areas.

For more information on waste disposal regulations and approved recyclable materials, contact Waste Management at (757) 385-4650 or visit

  • Lawn Care & Property Maintenance
    Unkempt lawns and weeds are not only unsightly, but they can also serve as an inviting playground for rodents and vermin. To prevent potential infestations, residents are required to keep their yards maintained in accordance with the city code. Grass and weeds taller than 10 inches must be cut, and all trash, junk and debris stored on your property must be properly disposed of using the waste disposal tips listed above.
  • Improperly maintained swimming pools can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can spread disease. Be sure to maintain your swimming pools and filtration systems to prevent mosquito infestations during the warmer months.
  • Code Enforcement recommends residents have the health of large trees on their property evaluated by a licensed professional on a regular basis. Proactive and consistent maintenance of trees can help prevent costly work and removals when trees are deemed hazardous.

For more information on the city's property maintenance code requirements, contact Code Enforcement at (757) 385-4421 or visit

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